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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The Empire State Building, New York CityThe Empire State Building, New York CityI’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. The Empire State Building, New York CityOur 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.The Empire State Building, New York CityThe Empire State Building, New York City

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  1. Soraya @ Hello Raya says:

    It’s great to hear your experience on top the Empire State Building. I had friends tell me to go to the Rockefeller Center instead because apparently the line up just to get up the Empire State Building takes ages. But the view looks amazing! I hope one day to get up there.

  2. I loveee the ESB! My best friend used to work there, so I ended up getting a great tour of the building in December a couple of years ago without having to wait in the crazy holiday lines! I also got to see the Celebrity Walk that features famous celebrities and dignitaries that have visited the building which was pretty neat! I would however like to see the view OF the ESB from Rockefeller Center someday!

  3. shobha42016 says:

    I think you just got lucky! We went on a weeknight around 8pm figuring everybody else would be at dinner and it was packed. I had a City Pass though so we just whizzed through but I could not have stood in that line with 2 tired children past their bedtime for the 1 hour at least the wait promised to be. It really is a beautiful view of Manhattan from the top.

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