I was in New York last week for business.
I stayed at a hotel in midtown, so I decided to do something I’d never done before (despite having been born in Manhattan and raised in New Jersey): I went to visit the Empire State Building.
It was nice. But when you’re used to spending a lot of time at atop Bernal Hill, a trip to the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building can seem a little… well… meh.
It’s no secret that Bernal Hill and the Empire State Building have a lot in common: Both soar high above the urban fabric below. Both are topped with stylish radio antenna arrays. And both are glamorous icons that symbolize their respective cities.
Yet in the end, even though the Empire State Building is taller, I have to say I prefer Bernal Hill. Here are a few reasons why:
- You don’t have to stand in any lines to ascend Bernal Hill.
- No $20 tickets are required to go to the top of Bernal Hill.
- There is no airport-style security screening at Bernal Hill.
- Kite-flying is discouraged at the Empire State Building.
- California sunlight is typically brighter, sharper, and less hazy.
- No dogs are allowed in the Empire State Building (on- or off-leash).
- Bernal Hill does not attract giant, marauding gorillas.
- You don’t have to pass through a gift shop to depart Bernal Hill.
- You cannot descend from the Empire State Building in a soapbox derby car
I suspect there are a few more good reasons, so you can add them in the comments.
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