While in New York (for the first time ever!) this week for a media event I found myself some time to escape and see some sights. Since this was my first time in New York I wanted to see it all but the only way to do that in 1 hour is from the Empire State Building. I grabbed my friend Kristen from Our Ordinary Life and we headed up 1,050 feet above the city’s bustling streets to the the 86th floor Observatory Deck. You can also visit for as little as $25 but if you want to go up higher then you’ll have to pay an additional fee of $17.
With over seven-million man hours under their belt the Empire State building was completed in 1931 after one year and 45 days. The Empire State Building embodies the feeling and spirit of New York City. It is recognized not only as an iconic landmark offering some of the most spectacular views on earth, but also as an international symbol of shared hopes, dreams, and accomplishment.
There are two observatories. An open air 360-degree terrace on the 86th floor also contains an indoor viewing gallery for chillier days. Outside, you’ll find high powered binoculars and a wheelchair-accessible promenade with the most spectacular views of downtown, midtown, Central Park and beyond. On a clear day, like Wednesday was when we visited, one can see to New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Delaware!
Sixteen stories up, and almost a quarter mile up in the sky, you can visit the 102nd floor Observatory, the highest public point in New York City. Just relax and take in the full 360-degree view in the climate-controlled indoor gallery with comfortable perches.
I have absolutely no words for my experience and although I was freezing, it is an experience I will never forget.
The Empire State Building is located at 350 5th Ave. New York, NY
The Observatory is open every day, including weekends and holidays, 8AM to 2AM buy tickets now and save time during your visit by skipping the ticket office line.