Empire State Building in New York

Empire State Building : Our next visit was to Empire State Building in the central Manhattan. It is on the west side of Fifth Avenue between Thirty-third and Thirty-fourth Streets in New York City. This huge building has 102 stories rising to 1,250 feet, and the tower adding 222 feet for a total height of 1,472 feet.

View from Empire State Building
View from Empire State Building

What to See in Empire State Building
in New York

It is primarily an official building, but has retail shops on the ground floor and observation facilities on the 86th and 102nd floors. It was built it between 1929 and 1931, designed by the firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon. For many years, it was the tallest building in the world. This highly popular American icon is located in the Midtown Manhattan. 

There was strict security checking and there was ticket to be purchased. But since we had the New York Pass with us it was free for us to enter the Observatory. It was heavily crowded. In the second floor of the Mammoth building we had a virtual tour simulator, called the New York Skyride. It was a unique experience.

Then we went till the 86th floor, which was more than 1000 ft above the city. The panoramic view of the bustling streets from within a glass enclosed pavilion was awesome. From the top, we can enjoy views up to 80 miles. 

This mammoth Building is a landmark and symbol of New York City. It is also a National Historic landmark. There were visitors from many countries including India, many of them were in their ethnic dresses. I saw a number of Indian ladies like me who also probably were there because of their children's request.

As it was time for sun setting, the crowd increased from all corners, to capture the awesome picture of the sun setting, on different angles. The young and old competed there with their cameras to capture the sun setting from different directions and also of the view of New York city from different angles, of the setting sun. Get more information about this magnificent building here. We picked up some souvenirs with many others. 

While visiting New York as a tourist it is highly beneficial to take the New York City Pass, and this is a must visit place. 

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