to finish up my Van in New York City series, I've chosen a topic giving you an impression how NYC looks from above.
The Empire State BuildingThe Empire State Building is located at 5th Avenue, Midtown Manhattan and it's within 10-15 min walking distance from the Times Square (north) and the Flatiron Building (south). With its 443 m height, it was the highest building of NYC until the WTC One 2013 was finished.
At the 86th floor in 381 m height you can enjoy a 360° view over NYC, including Central Park, Hudson River, Brookly Bridge and Times Square. It's open from 8am to 2am and for an extra charge you can visit the 102th floor if you want to. At nightfall until midnight, the building is illuminated with different colors. Without a special occaision, the color is white and for special occaisions the color changes like to green and red during christmas time or orange at Halloween.
We've chosen to visit the top of the Empire State Building at night to have a romantic view over the lighted city. It was really amazing and I'd like to give you some impressions of the view. Unfortunately, it was very windy during this time and it started to rain quite soon after we've arrived on top. So we weren't so long outside because it was uncomfortable and hard to take pictures at the end. The following collage shows my best shots from top of the Empire State Building without any rain. :-)
The World Trade Center - One World Observatory
Some days before we arrived in NYC, we got the information that the visitor platform of the World One Observatory just had opened some days before. It was no question that we directly bought tickets to visit the platform to have the 'see forever' view.
The World One Observatory is located in the Financial District and it's open from 9am to 8pm. Tickets are available in 15 min intervalls. The visit is not included in the New York Pass until know. The building is 1776 ft high (year of the Declaration of Independence), what's around 541 m making it the highest building of the Western world.
The cars in the streets were so small and it was nearly impossible to recognize any people on the streets. I assumed little black moving dots as people walking along the streets and because I know that NYC is full of people. ;-)
I know that pictures do not really express the feelings and the impressions you have standing in 541 m height enjoying a view at NYC, but I try to give you an idea of how the view is.
The Helicopter Flight over New York Citybirthday present from my boyfriend and his family. We've booked the flight with Liberty Helicopters and the 12 min-tour was called 'The Big Apple'. I've also uploaded the video of the flight on my YouTube channel so that you can check it out. So, this kind of perspective definitely overtops the other two concerning heigh. ;-)
At the end I can say that every of these three experiences was incredible and unique at its own.
At which place in the world did you enjoy an incredible view from top?
I would be happy to know it! :-)