I guess I’ll stay with Manhattan skyscrapers for at least one more week of my Monochrome Madness Challenge entries. I took this shot from one of the balconies of a Raymond Hood Suite on an upper floor of the Bryant Park Hotel (Raymond Hood was the architect who designed the American Radiator Building which was completed in 1924 and converted into the hotel in 2001).
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So how did I ever get to be standing on the terrace (pardon me, they call them terraces, not balconies) of an exorbitant suite on the 22nd floor of the Bryant Park Hotel? Here’s the story: My wife and I were given a standard room on the 8th floor with a view of a wall when we registered at the beginning of our four-day stay in New York last June and my two sisters got a similar room two floors higher. Then a leak in their closet caused the hotel management to close their room for repairs and they were moved up to this fancy suite that boasted two balconies, one off the living room and one off the bedroom. You can see the Empire State Building (six blocks away) from the living room balcony.
The hotel management also further apologized for the inconvenience by sending up a bottle of California wine to make my sisters feel better for having to move! My sisters invited us up to their suite to help them finish the bottle of wine and I got a chance to walk out to the terrace and view the Empire State Building.
The Empire State building became the tallest building in the world when it was completed in 1931 and it held this title until 1970 when it was eclipsed by the World Trade Center North Tower which was then still under construction. It became the city’s tallest building again after 9-11 and then relinquished this title to the new One World Trade Center in 2014. At 1250 feet, it is still the 5th tallest building in the US.
It’s called the world’s most famous building and millions of tourists come to the 86th and/or the 102nd floor observatory every year for the spectacular view. Tickets are $57 for adults, $55 for seniors, $44 for kids. You can sign up for the guided tour for $175. It will cost you $100 to witness the view at sunrise.
Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Last week she introduced a new numbering scheme for MM. So this week we are at # 193. Under the old numbering system we would be at 4-37 this week. She also has gone back to Wednesdays (Tuesdays in North America and Europe). Visit Leanne’s website to see what she and photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.