February 6, 2014

Empire State Building and the Views from the 86th Floor

We went to the Empire State Building on the day before Christmas. EJ was excited to see ESB because  in school, they just finished reading a book that featured ESB. Naturally, he was curious.

{We took the subway from our hotel to ESB}

{Empire State Building Lobby}

Here's a tip. Buy the ticket online and buy the express ticket, whether you are going to the main deck only (86th floor) or both main deck and top deck (102nd floor). Why? Because the line is sooooo long. It would probably take you over an hour (probably longer on peak days) before you reach the main deck. On the day we were there, the line was insane! I heard from the staff that the waiting time on that day was about 2-3 hours. Wow!

If you buy an express ticket, you will skip all the lines and go straight to the elevator. The ticket to the Main Deck is $27/person while the express ticket is $50/person. I think the $23/person difference is not a big deal compared to 2-3 hours of lining up. I am not sure EJ would have the patience to wait that long.

That day, NYC was cold (at least for me). If I remember correctly it was about 0 to -3°C. That, plus the wind factor on the 86th floor…we were freezing to death. LOL! Look at us!

{I could not live in a cold place! Brrr}

{The concrete jungle that is Manhattan}

{Can see Macy's down below}

{Anything familiar here?}

{Can you spot some of the famous NYC landmarks?}