Being in the city that epitomized skyscrapers, it would be hard to resist not to go up in any of the countless high rise buildings dotting New York. And as it became a tradition for me to visit the highest building of the city I am in, it's a low-brainer for me not to go up New York's tallest - the 102-story Empire State Building.
Like I did with the MoMA ticket, I purchased one online too to avoid the long line. After going through security checks worthy of TSA, it took me about 30 minutes to get to the elevators, which whisk passengers 80 floors up in seconds.
Upon reaching the 80th floor we took another elevator to the observation deck at the 86th floor, which is open air. A throng of people were milling around, taking snapshots of the New York skyline. Walking around the perimeter of the observation deck affords one a 360-degree view of the city.
Empire State was completed in 1931 and was the world's tallest building until 1972. It became New York's tallest building again when the World Trade Center was destroyed in 2001. ESB is 15th tallest in the world today.
How to Get There: Empire State Building is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street in Manhattan. If taking the subway, you may get off 33rd Street station then walk from there.
Empire State Building website: esbnyc.com
pics, from top: Empire State Building from the ground, two views of the skyline at night, the pinnacle, the lobby