Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Empire State Building

That same summer day we had biked the Brooklyn Bridge, we went to the top of the Empire State Building. This is surprising for two reasons: One, John and Tanner had left, so we didn't have any visitors to join in on this touristic activity. And two, the whole outing was Scott's idea! We were sitting on the couch watching TV when he just said we should go. And I was like, "What?!" Usually, I'm the one planning our adventures, but this one was all him. He had just started a new job and his hours were pretty good, so I was beyond thrilled with everything we got to do and see together that month. He had never been to the top and I hadn't been since my first trip to New York when I was 14. So, we grabbed some Citi Bikes (again!) and rode up Hudson River Park. We soon learned that seeing this popular New York landmark on a summer Saturday was probably a mistake. But we waited in the long lines for these pretty city views anyway. 

Looking south at Downtown Manhattan. That's One World Trade standing tall at the very end of the island. We could even spot 200 West where Scott used to work. Also, that fork you see in the road is near the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street where Broadway and 5th Avenue meet.  

Looking southeast. You can see all the bridges spanning across the East River connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn.  

Looking west over the Hudson River and into New Jersey. 

Looking north over Midtown. You can see Bryant Park resting at the bottom of all of these impressive skyscrapers. The Bank of America building always catches my eye with its slanted top and tall spire.  

Looking northeast at the Chrysler Building. I think that building is secretly my favorite skyscraper in the whole city. 

We stayed at the top for awhile just taking it all in. I love the vantage points from above. They are so helpful in orienting yourself with this place. Afterwards, we rode the NY Skyride which is a simulator that gives a virtual tour of New York City's main attractions. We also learned more about the building itself and how it was finished during the Great Depression. It was the tallest building in the world for nearly 40 years before the World Trade Center's North Tower was built.

 We really do have a thing for this city and every day we feel grateful to call this place our first home. Here's to more adventures planned by one Scott Maddux. 

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