On Writing, Photography

See New York City like you haven’t seen it before

If you want to see New York, you need to see it from the Empire State Building. I recently took a tour and viewed the city from the observatory on the 78th floor.

Yes, it’s overpriced. Yes, the whole experience was a bit cliched and felt something like Disneyland. Yes, it was crowded and no one knew exactly why they were there.

And yet, when we got up to the observatory and looked out on the city (on a perfect day, no less), it was clear immediately why we were there. Seeing Manhattan (and the other boroughs) from the Empire State Building gives you a commanding view and a perspective that you just can get anywhere else. It was fantastic.

There’s a lesson to be learned here. Sometimes when crowds go somewhere, you might be apt to think “there’s a bunch of people who just followed each other.” You should try it yourself to find out. There are certain experiences that are just that — experiences like no other — and if you try to pre-think them you’ll miss out. The Empire State Building was fantastic. I’ll go back in the future, even if it’s a cloudy day. It makes Manhattan look like a million toy cars and people walking around, and gives you an idea of what it’s like to be a bird over the big city.

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