Midtown Manhattan from above

Midtown Manhattan from above

This is the view from the observation deck at the Empire State Building. This is looking north, the intersection in the lower-right corner is 5th Avenue and 37th Street, the treetops in the upper-left corner are part of Bryant Park. Visiting New York City earlier in the year is a good idea. There are fewer visitors, so fewer lines and less elbowing to get a decent view. On the day I visited Empire State Building there was no wait for the elevator and the deck itself was fairly easy to get around. On top of that, the weather was spectacular.

I love this shot, the perspective and the sheer number of windows packed into this frame are incredible. Walking the streets can make you feel a little fenced in, towered over by endless blocks of tall buildings. From up here, it’s easy to see why.