Everyone that goes to New York HAS to visit the Empire State Building. We researched high and low as to when the best time of day is to visit. The answer is simple: Get there in the afternoon so you can see everything in daylight and then stay for sunset and darkness when the "nightlights" come on. We got there around 5 'oclock and waited about an hour to finally make it to the top. Its worth it. Everyone who has been up there will tell you that pics do not do the view justice. Its fun recalling such movies as "Sleepless in Seattle" and "An Affair to Remember" that were filmed there. Yes its touristy but an unforgettable and exhilrating view. On top and everywhere you go in NY, you will be amazed at how many languages and diverse cultures coexist. If you are wanting to see Uptown and Central Park from on high you can head to Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. No, we did not see King Kong on top while we were there.
Click to enlarge. Panoramic shot of Hudson River and NJ. In the lower middle you can also pick out a section of Madison Square Garden.
Click to enlarge. Panoramic shot of downtown Manhattan. You can pick out the Brooklyn Bridge, Flatiron Building, and even the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island in the distance.
Click to enlarge. Panoramic shot of the East River Looking toward Brooklyn. You can pick out Chrysler building, United Nations, Roosevelt Island etc.
Gorgeous view of Manhattan from ESB
Inside The Empire State Building
View of the sunset over New Jersey "The Little Garden State" from ESB
"I am too high up. Don't make me look." This is the view looking from Top of the rock towards Midtown and Downtown Manhattan.
Our first sight of the Empire State Building when we left the hotel.