I *finally* went to the top of the Empire State Building- something I've been wanting to do since I moved here. It was as beautiful as I expected. The city is so quiet from so high. I made my friend stop every few feet around the perimeter of the observation deck to take photos.
One thing that struck me (that I unfortunately couldn't capture on camera) were the birds that constantly flew around the top. We were up there at 11pm, and birds swooped and played in the neon green light of the radio tower. The birds glowed green, making them look radioactive. It was so odd.
Definitely worth seeing, and another must-do NYC activity crossed off my to-do list.