Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Friday, December 9, 2016
50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 - See New York From The Top Of The Empire State Building
My sweet teenage friend Summer graduated from high school in May, and my friend Kim (Summer's mom) and I took her to New York to celebrate. As I was planning the trip, we each picked the number one thing we wanted to see or do during our four days there. Summer, whose grandmother is Korean, wanted to visit, shop and dine in Koreatown - which we did twice. Kim wanted to see a Broadway show - we saw She Loves Me at the Studio 54 theater and the Rockettes' New York Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. I, of course, wanted to visit the top of the Empire State Building. (We also toured the New York Public Library and MOMA, and I ventured out to Grand Central Station and Madame Tussand's while they were sleeping in one morning.)
I had read that it was best to arrive at the Empire State Building early in the day to avoid long lines, so we arrived before 8:30am and were rewarded by not having to wait at all to purchase our tickets and board the elevator for the 86th floor. The views were fabulous! Here's the view looking toward Central Park.
This view looking toward New York Harbor shows the tip of Manhattan island.
And zooming in on the harbor reveals the Statue of Liberty.
It was a beautiful morning to spend on the outdoor observation deck.
We splurged on our tickets so that we could also visit the 102nd floor in-door observatory accessed by a ride in a manually operated Otis elevator. It was amazing!
So excited to have another item checked off my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list!
Have you seen New York from the top of the Empire State Building? I highly recommend it!