Empire State Building, New York City

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    Welcome to The Empire State Building!

    by Carmela71 Updated Jun 4, 2003

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    Views from the top: Twins towers

    Favorite thing: The Cathedral of the Skies," is one of the places that identifies New York City.

    WITHOUT WORDS!

    At the entrances (decorated in Art deco) buy your tickets to the top.

    At the 86th floor of the Empire State Building you will enjoy a panorama of New York City and the entire Metropolitan region that is world famous.

    The Empire State Building is more than an office building, more than a tourist attraction, more, even, than an symbol or an icon of the nation, It is the world´s most famous skyscraper.

    And it is from the 1929!

    You should go to the top and relax!Incredible views of New York

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    Great for walks

    by mafootje Updated May 12, 2003

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    Feeling small in New York

    Favorite thing: To see New York City...

    was always a dream for me. Feel the power of a city that really never sleeps. Offcourse we wanted to see the big landmarks like the Empire State building , Twin towers and the chrysler building.

    The first year we went to the US we only drove through it with Niki's Niece and stopped for a visit to the Empire Stat building.

    When we went there all by ourself the next year the town gave me some fear, this faded away quickly but the feeling of being small stayed.

    Fondest memory: Walking through this city in our own pace, take the Subway and walk through Battery Park.

    Maybe it was different at that time, but the Twin towers have gotten a special place in our hearts.


    Picture taken June 1998

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    Seeing Manhatten

    by tanzmaus Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: You can buy a ticket for the buses in New York which are valid for 2 days. You can take a lower or upper Manhatten tour and jump on and off the bus as many times as you like !

    Ticket price also included a trip up the Empire State Building, the ferry across to The Statue of Liberty and also a trip up the then World Trade towers

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory was falling in love with the place. When I first arrived I just thought it was London but MUCH taller.

    After a few days though I just was in awe of NY !

    One thing you must do is buy a coffee from the street vendor with a donut around 9am and stop .. drink the coffee and eat your donut and watch how many people stare at you becuase you are not in a hurry hehe !

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    There is plenty of museums of...

    by Tinuvielle Updated Jan 29, 2003

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    Favorite thing: There is plenty of museums of course! The museum of natural history is so big, you can get lost easily! :)

    The Empire State Building is a classic, plus you get an incredible view of the city!

    A good thing to do is to take a city tour with a guide.

    Just walk around, there is so much to see: FAO Schwarz (great toy store), Trump Tower, Time Square, Wall Street etc...

    Of Course there is the statue of liberty!!

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    Facts about THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Facts about THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING:
    Height = 443 m (1454 ft).
    Architect: William Lamb.
    Completed in 410 days (at the rate of 4 1/2 stories per week). 7 million man-hours, employing as many as 4000 men per day.
    Officially opened by Alfred E. Smith on May 1, 1931 to the public.

    Initially estimated total cost: US$50 million.
    Actual final cost: US$41 million.

    Area of site: Approximately 2.66 acres (1.076 hectares).
    Structural composition: 60,000 tons of steel, 10 million bricks, 6,500 windows, 1,860 steps, 73 elevators operating at speeds of up to 427 m (1,400 ft) per minute.

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    EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Whisked yourself up to the EMPIRE STATE BUILDING naturally. Who could have resisted this after 'SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE'? Not me, of course! Well, I'm Meg Ryan's & Tom Hank's fan, so here I went right up to the top. Well, not quite, more like to the 86th Floor Observatory with hundreds of others. So much for romance, lol... Be warned that you'd have to wait for about an hour to get to the ticket box office & then another 30 minutes minimum to get down! Although visitors reach the 86th floor in less than a minute & the panoramic views are spectacular, time yourself well so that you reach there at the time you wish to be at the top. I intended to get up there for sunset views but ended up with night views instead!

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    Empire State Building

    by GUYON Written Feb 25, 2003

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    View from Empire State Building (1971)

    Favorite thing: climb to the top of the Empire State Building at the corner of 5th Av & 34th St. (Station : 33th St)
    Open from 9:30AM to Midnight. The lift goes to the 80° floor, an other lift brings you to the 86th and a third one is necessary to reach the 102°. An other way is to climb on the frontage as King Kong.
    The sight seeing is marvellous especially the Sunday in Spring ans Summer (less fog).
    15.000 people work here but when it was built, in 1929, there were difficult to find tenants and the first nick name of the tower was The Empty State Building.
    The photo was made during a visit in 1971. At this date the Empire was the highest building in the world ; the twin towers of the World Trade Center were under construction.

    Fondest memory: MORE : SEE THE TRAVELOGUE

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  • views to amaze

    by denisen123 Written Oct 19, 2002

    Favorite thing: empire state building. go up to the observation platform. take the virtual ride they have there. eat sushi in the sushi bar at the bottom, remember to take you passport, for security in feb 2002 they wouldnt let you in without it.

    Fondest memory: for us i think it is the friends we have made that we miss the most. but also i am a big christmas fan and i love the way the houses in long island are decked out for xmas

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    You gotta do everything more...

    by Dick_Loudon Written Sep 12, 2002

    Favorite thing: You gotta do everything more than once--eat, visit museums, shop, take lots of pix, ride the subway, go to a major sporting event to see real FANatics, eat some more, shop some more, sightsee till you drop.

    Fondest memory: Spending the early part of my life there. The food, the stores, just the memory of walking down a manhattan street in the autumn. Hot corned beef in a deli; hot pretzels outside the Museum of Natural History; the feel of autumn and the sight of multicolored foliage around Central Park; playing stickball, boxball, touch football with friends; falling over backwards while trying to see the top of the Empire State Building; spending hours and hours in museums of every size, shape, and interest.

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    Touch the sky from the Empire State Building

    by Bigs Updated Sep 8, 2002

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    View over Manhattan

    Favorite thing: You must get on top of the Empire State Building. You will be the king of the world !! It´s really high up there!!!

    Fondest memory: I really liked the lifestyle and athmosphere. It´s different to the rest of America I think.There are so many things to see and explore, and I liked the multinational flair of it!

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    Visit the lobby of the Empire...

    by jrs1234 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the lobby of the Empire State building. Incidentally, the Empire State has an excellent website at www.esbnyc.com, which has lots of information on this wonderful skyscraper.

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    I took in the view of New York...

    by jrs1234 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I took in the view of New York from the Empire State Building for this picture - I have fond memories of this view of the World Trade Centre, which I also visited. I have no doubts that the Financial District, at the far end of this view, will rise again...

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  • The Empire State building is...

    by Leah9 Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Empire State building is amazing, but try to do it on a weekday. Also check out the Staten Island Ferry and Central Park. The best thing to do is just walk around and don't be afraid! Just use common sense. If you have time and it's warm out, go to Coney Island. It's just a subway ride away. See the freak show and have some fried clams. Pictured here is the famous Wonder Wheel at Coney Island.

    Fondest memory: I love how insane the people are. They make me laugh every single day.

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    Empire State at Night

    by lxine Written Aug 26, 2002

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    new york at night

    Favorite thing: Go to the top of the Empire State Building - at night! The lineups are shorter, plus seeing the gorgeous glow of the city is a sight to behold.

    Fondest memory: Fire escapes on building fronts are the most distinctive thing in my memory. It's that unique tratit that really gives New York its character.

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    see the view from Empire State...

    by Ramonq Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: see the view from Empire State which was a lot better than the view from the much-missed Twin Towers. You can actually look down on the Rockefeller Center and the gothic Chrysler Building. You'll appreciate the details of some the famous buildings up here which cannot be seen from the ground level.

    Fondest memory: I don't know about you, but there's something about the atmosphere in the main foyer of the cavernous Grand Central Station during the rush hour. I stood there in awe whilst thousands of people zoom past me totally oblivious to the magnificent surrounding. They all just want to get from A to B, pronto, now, immediately. Very New York attitude. I've never seen so much trench coats and business suits in my life! I stood there and said, 'yep, I'm in New York City!'

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