In case you forget where you are while on the (lengthy) journey up, there are plenty of renditions of the building along the way to remind you.
We bought the ticket for the main and top decks. A bit windy on the main deck, hard to keep the hair under control long enough to snap a shot.
Much calmer on the enclosed upper deck, so someone else has much better hair going on in their Empire State Building souvenir shot.
A parting shot of a great bank of deco-detailed elevators.
After making our way back downtown, that evening we stayed in the Bowery (besides the name of our hotel, also the street it's on and the neighborhood it's in), grabbing some dinner across the street from the hotel and eventually ending up back in the hotel bar, which as it turns out is quite the hip(ster) hangout later in the evening.
Still more to come!