The Empire State Building is my favorite building in the city, and the observation deck is one of my favorite spots. I have only been up there twice when I was younger, but in the two times I have gone, they have been so memorable. This Observation Deck is one of the most famous ones in the world, and because of that, millions of people flock to it every year.
When you are up there, you can see all of Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, over half of Long Island, Upstate New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and out in the distance, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. You can see everything on a clear sky, and it is truly breathtaking. You can see a radius, roughly, and on a clear day, of upwards of fifty miles or so.
There are only two other observation decks open to the public in the city. Those are One World Trade Center, and 30 Rockefeller Center, so an arial view of the city is hard to come by these days. There used to be a few buildings in Midtown and Lower Manhattan that had observation decks, like the Chrysler Building, American Express Building, and 40 Wall Street, but these have since closed down for various other reasons.
Some people get married on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. Many others have their first kiss, or some get engaged there. There is a very interesting reaction that happens quite frequently on the 86th Floor Observation Deck. If you kiss someone and the time is right, because of the altitude you are at, and the relatively short distance away you are from the large antenna on top of the building, there is a strong possibility that you can feel a small electric shock when your lips meet. Very cool if you ask me about it.
I feel that if you have time to spare in the city on any day, but especially on Valentine's Day, you must go to the 86th Floor, of one of the most famous buildings ever built. Trust me, you will not regret it at all!
Have you ever been to the top of the Empire State Building? Would this be a cool place to take someone on a date?
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