New York: Empire State Of Mind

Having visited Times Square, it was time to head down to check out the Empire State Building. The whole night, I had the Jay-Z/Alicia Keys song “Empire State of Mind” in my head. So many songs just make perfect sense in this city, even ones that aren’t as obvious as Empire State of Mind.

Macy’s was great. A good selection of mid-range items and decent prices. Living back in Australia and my fiancée and I still shop here online.

Korea town, which from what I could tell was really just the one street. From what I have been told, New York’s “real” Koreatown is in Flushing, Queens. I didn’t make it out to Queens this time around, but certainly want to check out the borough next time I’m in New York.

The Empire State building is a mighty fine piece of art deco architecture and is well worth visiting, not just for the building itself, but for, of course, the amazing views. Standing 102 stories tall, the skyscraper was named after New York’s nickname “The Empire State” and was the world’s tallest building from 1931-71. Unlike the usual scenario, the Empire State Building was actually finished early and under budget!

One of the major attractions in New York is the view from the top of the building, and on the way up you get to walk through several halls and passageways full of interesting information about the building.

The view from up here is nothing short of spectacular.

Walking through the West Village towards the Spotted Pig, we passed through a semi-seedy area. Something was going on along the street in the bottom photo and there were stacks of cops and bystanders but I wasn’t game to start snapping pics as the situation hadn’t yet settled.

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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