Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Empire State

We didn’t start quite so early this morning as we inadvertently caught up with our lost hours.  After another good breakfast we walked west towards the Rockefeller Centre to have a look at the shopping facilities.


The ice rink in the Rockefeller Plaza.


Doug got his shoes polished in the Rockefeller Centre ($2.50 plus tip!).


We took a bus ride down 6th Avenue and walked one block down East 33rd Street (we can talk American almost!) and we were at the Empire State Building (our destination for today).

It was a long way up to the 86th floor! We didn’t go any higher as it seemed too far to fall.  We got the most astonishing views – more than we could ever have imagined.  The temperature at ground level today was just below freezing but at the top of this building and with the wind chill factor it “fair took your breath away!”


Looking north east across to the East River – the beautiful Chrysler Building is centre, middle distance (pointy top).  The pigeons are quite friendly up this high too!


Looking straight down with the East River behind.


Looking north – Chrysler Building far right.


North West towards the Hudson River.


Looking south towards Downtown and the Financial District.  The new 1 World Trade Center is the tallest building.


Looking straight down (southwards). So many yellow taxis!


Just to prove we were there! (Looking south again)


A semi - streaker being apprehended by the security staff!

This evening we are going to see Barry Manilow on Broadway as we managed to get half price tickets in Times Square this afternoon!


  1. Really... only you two would go all the way to the top of the Empire State Building to find a semi-naked man!! ROFLMAO

  2. Wow!! sounds like you are having a brilliant time out there, your blogs are bringing back so many memories, we stayed in the same hotel, went to the same places, although when we were there Ground Zero was still being cleared from the aftermath of 9/11, but all the names were there along with lots of photos all attached to the chainlink security fence, all very emotional. While you are out there if you get a chance walk into Grand Central Station, this is like no other rail station we have ever been into before, well worth the visit.

    Beardy Chas
    (friends of Jill & Graham, NB Matilda Rose)

  3. Surely they have to pay YOU to go and listen to Barry Manilow? :-)