View From The 86th Floor


Excuse me while I take in this amazing view from the 86th floor of The Empire State Building.

That’s where I took my mom when she came to visit me. No ice skating, again, but after seeing this view, we didn’t care.

Isn’t it just everything?

No lie, I would have stayed there all day if I could. The 360 degree view of New York City and parts of New Jersey was absolutely breathtaking and incredibly beautiful.

If there was ever a reason I needed to remind myself that changing environments is beneficial, this is definitely it.


I don’t know about you, but one of the first things that I notice about New York City are the sounds. As soon as I hop off the bus and trek to the subway station, I hear the yellow cabs whizzing by, drivers honking at other cars to go faster and sirens in the distance.

Those sounds, especially when I didn’t have a set route (or know where I was going for that matter), always served as proof that I made it to New York City.

But standing 1,050 feet above the city, those weren’t the sounds I noticed.

For maybe the first time in my life, I paid attention to the wind. I heard it whipping past my head, navigating through nearby buildings, and ever-so slightly rattling the gates around the observatory deck.

The shutter of camera lenses going off from families taking usies never sound so loud before.

Also, when I inhaled, the air smelled crisp and clean.

It was…refreshing, which might sound like a weird thing to say about air, but you just have to witness it for yourself.


It was truly something special.

And get this, it only took 13 months of construction to complete it in 1931. Isn’t that crazy?

Have you been to The Empire State Building? How was your experience?

  • First of all, I LOVE these photos! Your mom did such a great job! Second, the way you wrote this post, describing the sounds of the city, brought it to life for me. Lastly, I have been to the top of the Empire State Building! It was really cool, Ford was celebrating the anniversary of the Mustang which made its debut on that same rooftop some odd years ago. Your hair looks really pretty, too 🙂

    • She really did, though. I am so pleased with how they came out. The sounds get me every time. They are so different than what I hear where I live. WOW! That sounds like a cool event. An amazing view with pretty cars. That must have been a really nice experience. Thanks, love 🙂

  • First things first: I love the new look of your blog! It looks so fresh and clean and really reflects you. Second: I agree that one of the most underrated things about New York is the sounds! Great post 🙂

    • Thank you so much. Absolutely! You don’t realize how much you miss the sounds of a city until you have lived on the outskirts. It’s crazy because I live 15 minutes away and the sounds are completely different. Thanks:-)