Empire State Building

The Empire State Building (17-25 W. 29th Street) opened in 1931, just in time to inspire the iconic scene in King Kong. The Main Deck, wrapping around the building’s spire at the 86th floor, offers stunning views of Central Park, the Hudson River and East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and more; there’s an app that will give you background on the sights. Head to the top deck, on the 102nd floor, to see 80 miles away in every direction on a clear day. Open until 2 a.m. for epic night time viewing.