A starry sky at your feet: one night on the top of the Empire State Building (New York – USA)

The Empire State Building at night

Since I was a child, one of my biggest dreams was to be in New York City and this year this dream has come true! This magic city gave me a lot of emotion and beautiful memories and one of the brightest ones is the staggering night landscape seen from the top of the Empire State Building.

It was a warm and windy night and we decided to spend it doing something we had read about and had us intrigued: going to the top of the most iconic New York skyscraper to enjoy the view of the city lights. If you are planning to visit New York, I would highly recommend you to have this experience, because what you see stepping out into the observation deck is going to leave you breathless: it’s like having a big starry sky at your feet and, no matter how you slice it, the atmosphere is surreal. I particularly enjoyed the view of lower Manhattan, where you can see the Freedom Tower in the distance and the confluence of the Hudson and the East rivers into the ocean.

Over the years, this art déco skyscraper has become one of the symbols of New York City. It stands in Midtown where 5th Avenue crosses 34th Street and, with its 443 m, it’s the second highest building in town after the new Word Trade Center. The Empire State building was also the highest building in the world until 1967, when the Twin Towers were built.

Its name stems from the New York State’s nickname, that is “Empire State”: the legend has it that Henry Hudson was so struck by the beauty of this territory that he exclaimed: “This is the new empire!”

Lower Manhattan at night

To get to the top of the Empire State Building you have to stand in line for the security check, the tickets and the elevators and it can be a long wait, because it gets very crowded at certain times, but, if you want to speed it up, I suggest you to buy your tickets online. The best thing to do is to have a New York City Pass, so that you can choose in advance all the attractions you want to visit and skip the lines for tickets everywhere, saving your time and your money too, since you’ll get 15-50% discount.

For more information go to http://www.smartdestinations.com/new-york-attractions-and-tours/_d_Nyc-p1.html?pass=Nyc_Prod_Exp

Just another practical tip: at this altitude it’s very windy and it can be cold at night, even in summer, so don’t forget to take a sweater with you!

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Just like a starry sky