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Friday, July 8, 2011

101 Places to See Before You're 12 - A Marvel of Engineering

A Marvel of Engineering

Thomas and Brennan both had the Empire State Building at the top of their list of things they wanted to do in New York City.  I had never been to the top so I was looking forward to it as well.

Tip - Purchase your tickets online before your trip. We saved an hour or two waiting in lines.  And you can use the tickets any time - they are not for a specific date/time.

Our first glimpse walking up to the Empire State Building.
It is 102 stories tall and one of the most famous Art Deco buildings in the world.

Inside the lobby 

Ready to head to the 86th floor Observation Deck. 

At the Observation Deck

View of Upper Manhattan from the Empire State Building.
See Central Park to the left?  

New Jersey to the left, the Hudson River, Central Park, and Upper Manhattan 

Lower Manhattan from the Empire State Building
The Flat Iron Building is the triangular building in the bottom center of the photo

The Chrysler Building from the Empire State Building
Another great example of Art Deco style of architecture

When we saw this sign David reminded me of "the movie". 
"Sleepless in Seattle"?  I said.
No, the original, he said.
"An Affair to Remember"! (ahh, Cary Grant again!)

"We'll meet at the top of the Empire State Building in 6 months."
Poor Deborah Kerr, she never made it!
Poor Cary Grant, he thought she didn't love him!

And, "Sleepless in Seattle".
When Meg Ryan gets out on the 86th floor Observation Deck. 

But they aren't there. 

Look, Tom Hanks again!
We stood right there! 

From the Book:
#30 - A Marvel of Engineering
They said it was impossible; they said it couldn't be done.  But somewhere, a group of engineers believed that the bridge could span the bay, the tunnel could cut through the mountains, the tower could stretch higher into the sky.  Everywhere we look, there are structures that help us surmount natural obstacles, get us where we want to go faster and more safely, or simply defy our expectations about what is possible.  Some look so amazing, you can't believe that they don't just crumble or tumble down.  But they won't!  That's what makes them so "marvelous" and why you just gotta see them.

1 comment:

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I always think about those two movies whenever anyone mentions the Empire State Building!


Ricki Jill