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musketeers take manhattan – episode 1

July 7, 2011

The Empire State Building

In one of many lines

Two weeks may sound like plenty of time for the Three Musketeers to take on Manhattan, but we didn’t want to push the limits, especially concerning Angelica.  There is only so much stimulization her autistic self can endure.  So we narrowed our would-like-to-see/do list to a workable must-do list. 

The first item on the list: The Empire State Building 82nd Floor Observatory Deck.  Rosario and I had been there before, but this was a first for Angelica.  We figured she could take in all of Manhattan from that vantage point in less than half the time and with less than half the crowd.  It was a good plan, and it worked… for the most part. 

I had been to the ESB twice before, as had Rosario, and neither of us remembered ever waiting in line.  Saturday, we spent two hours being herded like cattle through a corral of velvet ropes.  There wasn’t much of a flow to the cattle herding; it was more of a shuffle-shuffle-shuffle-wait-wait-wait-shuffle-shuffle-wait-wait-wait-shuffle-shuffle-shuffle-wait-wait and so on, but we got the hang of it.

At one point, we were ushered into a large holding room which also housed an exhibit of the building’s history.  I’d love to read it someday, but we were tired after all that shuffling and herding so we made a beeline to the other end of the room, where we unfortunately found more corrals.  Ugh!  We were at the start of the maze when one of the herders announced that we had the option of waiting in a half-hour-long line for the elevator or walking up six flights of stairs to the observatory deck, where there would be NO MORE LINES.  I was sold.  I looked at the other two Musketeers for confirmation.  Their eyes perked up at the prospect of no more lines too.

“Six floors?  Let’s do this!” we said to each other.  So up we went.  And let me tell you reader, it was worth every single step!  Several minutes later, we stood on top of Manhattan and enjoyed the view from every direction.  It was glorious! 

We were exhausted and starving by the time we descended to solid ground after all the waiting in lines (There was even a line to get on the elevator going down!) and the necessary crowd-weaseling to get a spot near the edge (Excuse me, tall person, but you are monopolizing the view.  You can see over my head but I can’t see over yours.).  In spite of all that, Ang loved being surrounded by the city and removed from its over-stimulating atmosphere at the same time. 

NYC Must Do List: Empire State building – CHECK!

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  1. July 7, 2011 11:24 am

    Fun! Did you press all the buttons on the elevator (like in your favorite movie Elf, haha) to make everyone mad? ;)

    • July 7, 2011 1:09 pm

      It was fun!! There were buttons, but we didn’t get to press any of them; the elevators were operated by remote!


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