It’s a fabulous vibrant town, filled with quirks and contradictions. Yet it sets the heart a flutter with possibilities. Although it could just be the subconscious recollection of many movies and sitcoms blending into the psyche!
While Paris will forever be my number one city of romance, New York has its own unique romantic charm.
The mere fact that the best real estate in Manhattan has not been developed in to high rise apartments, but remains one of the city’s most alluring features is a testament to the New York spirit. Of course I am talking about Central Park.
The Rag District has a bustling pace. You can almost feel the creativity in the air.
Then Wall Street fills you with the more serious side of this amazing urban centre.
While I could rattle off numerous things to do and see, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Time Square, Broadway, the list goes on. I have to say I am a little stuck on the romance of the Empire State Building. Seriously, just the name sends goose bumps of grandeur down my spine. The Empire…State…Building, you are almost required to say it slowly with great reverence.
A building that show cases human ingenuity
I can’t quite tell you why it captures my fantasy, but it is an amazing building. Situated in Midtown at the corner of 5th and West 34th Street, this 102 story icon makes a striking figure.
It held the title of world tallest building for 40 years from 1931. Today it has been relegated to 22nd spot standing at 381 meters or 1250 feet high.
Whether it’s King Kong, An Affair to Remember or Sleepless in Seattle, I have always felt compelled to climb to the top. Well ok ride the lift (or elevator for the Americans reading), I’m no fitness fanatic. So on a chilly day in December I did just that.
The best way to buy tickets and skip a few lines is online, but I chanced it being winter and to my complete surprise there were barely any lines at all. In fact I was the only person in the lift from the 80th floor to the 86th floor viewing deck. Which is why I managed this photo!!
The views were spectacular, breath taking, post card moments and despite the cold I soaked up every angle.
It was awe inspiring to gaze upon the construction of the Freedom Tower then glimpse a familiar figure to its right. The lady of the water, the Statue of Liberty.
There is at least one of these in every land for me, a building or a place that stops me in my tracks when I see it live.
I revel in the grandeur of human ingenuity and New York has it in abundance.
Sing it with me…
“…Start spreading the news
I am leaving today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York…”
Do you have an Empire State Building or New York story? I’d love to hear it, pop it in the comments below.