Friday, September 6, 2013

18. Climbing to the top of New York

 
Today's adventure took me to the 'almost' top of the Empire State Building ... the 86th floor to be exact - you can go higher to the 102nd floor - but I thought 86 is quiet high enough for this bloke ...
 
After going through an very intense security procedure - almost as detailed as LA airport - we weaved ourselves through merchandising and refreshments ( and again on the way out !!! ) - and crammed into two lift rides - finally emerging into brilliant sunshine way atop of Manhattan, and the views were breathtaking ... just as long as you didn't suffer from vertigo ...


 
The Empire State Building is 102-stories high - It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high

From its completion in 1931 for the next 40 years it stood as the tallest building in the world - until construction of the World Trade Centre's North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York (although it was no longer the tallest in the US or the world), until One World Trade Center reached a greater height on April 30, 2012
 
The ESB looms like a giant all across Manhattan and beyond - including my kitchen window ( see post #1 )
 
 
From across the Bay in Williamsburg






The Chrysler Building - in centre with gold spire
 

The Flatiron Building
 
Liberty out in the Bay
 
Jersey City across the Hudson River
 
Lower Manhattan - the tallest building is the One World Trade Centre site
 




Looking Up Town - the dark spot almost to the top is Central Park
 
 

 
Yellow cabs everywhere
 
 
 

The Art Deco foyer
 

cooeeeee ...
 
After reaching for the clouds today - tomorrow we may do something wet ...