Because Who Doesn’t Want to See Some Breathtaking Sites in Real Life?

Back in December a friend from far far away (San Diego, not that far) visited New York City for the first time. I, as a Native New Yorker, felt like I should take it upon myself and be her tour guide and show her all the cool things New York has to offer. However, in doing so, I would have needed a lot of time to plan a trip to my favorite places because, it’s New York, and there are just too many places to visit in one evening.

Luckily my friend wanted to visit the Empire State Building, someplace I’d never been. So, on a dark, cold, and VERY windy night we headed to the top  to set our eyes on the city that never sleeps. And let me tell you, it was a sight to behold. Even though our clothes almost blew off, and even though  I couldn’t feel my fingers, nose, or ears (who really needs those anyway), it was one of the best things I’ve ever experienced in all my life.

Why, you ask? Well let me tell you. NYC is known for its hustle and bustle mentality. Every true New Yorker will tell you that if you try  to “stop and smell the roses” your behind will be trampled by an angry mob of people who need to get somewhere. Also, NYC is not known for its lovely scent or beautiful flowers for that matter. So, when atop a building that’s one-thousand feet high, no matter what’s happening below: whose honking their horns, whose late, whose glued to their phones – it’s a whole new world up there.

The air was thicker, maybe it was us but we actually felt like we were swaying a bit, and get this: the historical part of the Empire State Building was just as cool as the views. Reading about the amazing people who built this iconic building and learning that some of the brave men even lost their lives in the process from falling off the steel beams was incredible and humbling. Imagine, this group of individuals spent hours upon hours crafting a building as iconic as the Empire State Building. I can’t imagine they knew what it would mean to NY today and how much it would change the face of architecture. Needless to say, it made my friend and I realize how small we are in this world and how cool it is to get a glimpse of something so monumental.

So, I highly recommend visiting the Empire State Building and visiting the tippy top. As beautiful as it may be during the day going at night is breathtaking. Trust me on this. I also recommend you go during the warmer months so your extremities don’t go numb while you check out all the lights.

About Jenn Quaglio

Actress, Writer, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Urban Popp, and Animal Lover.

1 thought on “The New York Guide to the Empire State Building”

  1. I have been living in Manhattan for nearly a year and still haven’t made it to the Empire State Building. It really is an incredible building – I can see it from my apartment and love seeing what color they choose to light it up each night. I have never thought about the men who died building it. That’s really horrible, I hope they know what an amazing building it is!

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