NYC: The Empty State Building No More
No trip to New York City would be complete without visiting the Empire State Building, so after a delightful lunch at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal in which we pretended we were taken back a few decades, we hit the pavement and pointed ourselves south.
The 103 story skyscraper came into view shortly after we exited the terminal and though most websites suggested we buy tickets in advance to skip the lines, there were no lines to speak of.
Were we lucky? Or is the Empire State Building declining in popularity? Is it returning to the days of the nickname “The Empty State Building”?
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I’d say since it was a weekday and we were there just after lunch, we had a bit of luck and good timing on our side. It may not be the world’s tallest building anymore, it held the record from 1931 to 1970, but it does still offer some spectacular views of New York City. Our draw to the skyscraper was not only for the view but also due to the numerous films that have used the building as an integral location. Who wouldn’t want to pretend King Kong whisked her to the top of the Empire State Building? And of course who can forget Sleepless in Seattle? Suffice it to say, there’s a reason these films and many others have made reference to or been filmed in the Empire State Building. We continued our day of historical romanticism.
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