Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I haven't had any time to blog about my excursion to the Empire State Building, a few weeks ago. I've been wildly, wildly busy-- we've gutted our home and are in the insulation and pre-sheetrock stage right now. Very busy, sorry! But I thought I would post a few random photos to show you what's it's like. I'll have a few stories about my experience in the near future.
The Empire State Building was built (completed) in 1931. It is a splendid but undertoned example of the Art Deco architectural movement of the time. The Art Deco period was a pendulum swing to the opposite of the Victorian movement: where the Victorian style was prim, proper, colorful, fanciful, decorative, and sometimes even extravagant, the Art Deco was a rebellious linear, blockish, earth-tone, mettalicky-style.
I discovered Art Deco wallpaper in my home, when we gutted the walls earlier this spring. Can you see a resemblance in the wallpaper and the Empire State Building light?
When I visited the ESB, the place was PACKED. It was Wednesday! I didn't expect it to be so full. And it was blazing hot.
We took elevators up to the 80th floor, but they announced there was a "20 minute wait" for the elevator to the 86th floor (the location of the Observation Deck). Hm. I thought it was their sneaky way of making us walk so they could save some bucks and get more people crammed into the deck. Turns out I was right. I have since heard others' stories that they, too, had to walk 6 floors up because there was a "wait." I think they do this regularly. It was not easy, walking up 6 stories (12 sets of stairs) with a 50-pound backpack, in 90 degree heat. :-p
Anyway.... sure beats the weight loss products, I guess...
I finally made it out. Oh, it was SOOOO wonderfully breezy up there. Some people complained that it was cold, but I was delighting in it.
The sight of the city was pretty cool.
See the Statue of Liberty in the background?
I'll have more stories later. Stay tuned. ;)