New York, NY
From East 30th Street, at night.
When I was a kid my mother worked about three blocks from the Empire State Building. I only remember once being taken up to the observation tower. Starting when I was ten or eleven in summer or school breaks I would often ride the train into town with her from New Jersey and then wander around mid-town all day with my father's Rolliecord while she did her job, drawing shoes and jewelry and handbags for Saks 34th Street's newspaper ads. It was considered a blunder to gaze up at the building and "look like a tourist," but staying a few blocks away this past weekend I decided that, 50-some years on, I could afford the loss of status that might be involved in looking up.
New York, NYFrom Madison Avenue, morning.
New York, NYFrom inside the CAP "Highlight Studio" on 30th St.