Empire State Building


I first saw the Empire State Building on tv as a child because of the movie King Kong. I wanted to actually go there after watching sleepless in Seattle.

Empire State Building
The elevator doors
Giant King Kong hands you can pose in.. Mitch was trying to save me
They have a video on the ceiling of the elevator showing it getting made as you go up
Actual picture taken when they we’re building the Empire State Building
Our first view of the city from the Empire State Building from the 80th floor

There are three levels..the first is the 80th, it is enclosed and not what I’d envisioned after seeing sleepless in Seattle. The next one is the 86th and that is the one from the movie!

On the 86th floor
The binoculars are free to use when you get up there
Just some of the crowd at the Empire State Building
The ceiling on the 86th floor
The view up the 86th floor

To go to the top – 102nd story, it costs an additional $33 per person. Since our time is limited, we opted to see the city from the top and went to the 102nd story.

Just wow!
The inside of 102 story
New York, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Jersey City
New York City and Brooklyn
One World Trade Center and downtown NY

The beautiful lobby at the Empire State Building
Dang, we were just at the top!

After we left the Empire State Building we made our way to Times Square! We were not looking forward to the 20 minute walk to Times Square as our bodies were hurting already and we saw these guys sitting with their bikes pulling little chariots behind them offering rides. We looked at each other and said, “sure, why not” I asked how much and I could’ve swore he said $1 a minute and I thought to myself, we’ll, that’s not bad.

Taking a ride in a handsome cab
Our driver

We arrive and he says,” ok, that’s $78.00” and my jaw drops, I say, “what? How? It’s a dollar a minute?” And he say’s “no, it’s $7.99 a minute.” And he points to this little sign on the side showing the price! “Oh my gosh are you kidding me? No way!” So he offers a little discount.. ugh the cost of being a tourist, they see ya comin a mile away.

Times Square
View from the top of the bleachers
The city sky from the center of Times Square
M & M store in Times Square
Got a delicious slice of pizza at Ray’s Pizza

We then headed more north towards Grand Central Station

Rockefeller Center
Children singing in front of a church
Statue in NYC
The first glimpse of Grand Central Station (fyi- it’s only for trains, not subways.. I assumed it would be both)
The Kneeling Fireman
9/11 memorial in midtown Manhattan
Grand Central Station
I’m thinking half of the people were here to see it and the other half were actual travelers
Booth in the center
The clock in the center up close
The ceiling
Where people once got tickets
Can you imagine how many people have looked at this clock over all the years
Even the light fixtures are awesome!

We leave Grand Central Station and begin to head back to catch the subway. After walking just a block we come upon hippopotamus’s.

Can she be any cuter! I just wanna give her a hug
Pershing square plaza
People doing people stuff
Best juice drink ever.. as it should be since it cost $10
As we head back to the subway to get “home” to New Jersey for the night

If you haven’t notice, a lot of my pictures are tilted and crooked. That wasn’t on purpose, and I didn’t even realize it till days later as I write this. The tourist in me was exited to see so many things, but boy was I spent. Therefore crooked pics. But hey, been there, seen that.. check check.



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2 thoughts on “Empire State Building

  1. Hey Girlfriend,
    We sure are enjoying traveling along with you!
    Hopefully we & our “Budget Buster” will be able to join you someday soon.
    Yep,that’s right, we’ve finally joined the vehicle naming clan.
    Details of why later, as if you can’t guess, lol!!!
    Love you both & can’t wait to see you again.

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