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Atop New York

New York;

On my second day in New York I planned to visit the two famous observatories in Manhattan - the Empire State Building (ESB) and Top of the Rock. The two are not close to each other but today I really feel like seeing the city from the top, so off I go.

Coming from Brooklyn, I took the following train lines going to Grand Central Terminal - my first destination. 
  1. Dekalb Av Station going to 14 St - Union Sq Station 
  2. Line 4/5/6 in 14 St - Union Sq Station going to 42 St Grand Central Terminal 

GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL

New York; nyc

Grandcentralterminal;

Grand Central Terminal is an intercity railroad terminal designated as a U.S. Natural Historic Landmark. 

It serves commuters traveling on the Metro-North Railroad to Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchesscounties in New York, as well as to Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut.


Its intricate design inside makes me feel I'm in Europe. It's also big it can possibly get you lost.

ESB
Oh, hey there Empire State Building!
From the terminal, I had a long walk going to ESB. It was one hot morning, but the road I'm walking only has a few people. I stopped by 7-11 to grab some water and when I saw a certain flock, I knew it was the Empire State Building

As I was looking for the entrance, one woman walked to me and asked me for help. She looks desperate and was about to cry so I said yes. As we walked into the nearby Walgreens to buy the milk of her child, her sister walked together with us. But then, when I learned how much the milk was, I took a step back and just gave her the amount that I can. It was expensive that I might not be able to return to the Philippines. Haha


EMPIRE STATE BUILDING


ESB; NewYork

The entrance to ESB is just next door. I was led to the elevator which has digital display on the ceiling. It plays a short video of working men in a construction, something to entertain the passengers while going to the 86th floor. Then the long line welcomed us. Comfort rooms, Photo Booth, Souvenir Shop and WiFi are available.

ESB; NewYork

Empire State Building is a world-famous landmark. Situated at the heart of midtown , it boasts sustainability and historical exhibits, plus its two observatories. I availed their general admission - 86th floor observatory where you can have a 360 degree view of New York. They say your experience in New York is not complete without experiencing the top of Empire State Building.

ESB; NewYork

ESB; NewYork

ESB; NewYork

ESB; NewYork

ESB; NewYork


The 86th floor observatory is big. You can view indoors but of course it's better outdoors. There's nothing else in there but the view and binoculars. It was packed that I can't have a spot for myself. But then some group of women asked me to take their picture, and they took mine in return which gave me the space that I need. 😄

What I love about ESB is the river view. I can see Brooklyn, the bridges and the movement of the cruise (or boat maybe). Down below are like Lego, solid and crammed. 



TOP OF THE ROCK

I think I didn't have enough of observatories, because I still visited Top of the Rock. I walked from ESB to Top of The Rock, passing by Times Square on the way. It was in the middle of afternoon so I took a break on a man-made park. I watched passerby and saw how diverse the people are in this city. Those that I can only see in movies, are walking right in front of me.

Rockefeller; NewYork

When I reached Rockefeller Center, I can't find my way to Top of The Rock. I know it should be near but I spent like half an hour trying to find it. Few people I asked showed me different ways, they're as confused as I am. So when I finally saw it the night was about to come.

The place was not as crowded as ESB. The line was actually nonexistent. The front desk told me that there was rain shower at the observatory but I told them I'll still go. They call their elevator Sky Shuttle with a digital display on the ceiling.

NewYork
Central Park viewed from Top of The Rock

For me, this observatory was much better with its glass fence/wall or whatever you call it. It's not 360 degree view for all I know, but the Central Park and ESB were better viewed in here. They say the sunset will give the best view, but I can't wait for it since I'm already hungry. Hahaha

Top of The Rock features their observatory with unobstructed view of downtown skyscrapers. It has amazing views but the journey to the top was also entertaining. They have Breezeway, Radiance Wall and Mezzanine Exhibit which I didn't see honestly, or maybe, I didn't notice. 

NewYork

NewYork

NewYork


Both observatories offer breathtaking views of New York. I like Empire State Building for the river views while Top of The Rock gave me the best Central Park view. Both attractions have nice facilities and finding out the order of events was smooth. At times I felt lonely but I was amazed by the view so there was no room for drama. This day was all HAPPY, and I satisfied my craving for the city. I can call it a success.


Empire State Building
338-350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118, USA


Top of the Rock
30 Rockefeller Plaza,
New York, NY 10112
Enter at 50th street. If you see NBC, 
then the entrance is just beside it.

Sol

Glens is a full time Systems Developer and part time wanderer. On weekends she's mostly at home watching series, anime or anything of her interest. Sometimes, she can be seen backpacking or hiking. But she can ditch that over comfort food and bed weather.

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