View from the Top

If it wasn’t already obvious, I’m a sucker for a view.


Someone visiting from Korea asked me what he should go explore. As an inveterate walker and lover of the city, I offered to take him around today.

He told me the last time he visited New York, he did the whole Empire State building trip and toured around the city by ferry. I thought he would want something more interesting and dynamic this time, so based on what I gathered his interests were I told him to just leave it all up to me and get ready to leave at 330 pm. It was the perfect opportunity for me to be touristy and for him to get a feel for what i know and love about the city.

During the 6 hours we hung out, we walked blocks and blocks and avenues (not using a cab or subway once). One of the stops  we made was the Top of the Rock Observation Deck in midtown Manhattan.


I timed it perfectly so that we would get there just in time to see day turn into night. The guide told us it would take 43.7 seconds to get from the 2nd floor to the 67th floor. As promised, in less than a minute we were lifted up to our destination accompanied by voices of historical figures like MLK and JFK as well as a roof that started to become see through and change colors to show how quickly we were approaching our destination.

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The moment I stepped outside, I was in awe.


view to the north facing central park


view facing south towards the empire state building


sun slowly setting







facing times square where the ball dropped


 Needless to say, there were spectacular views.

I had a lot of fun taking photos for random couples visiting from all over the world and just taking in the sight of New York from a different perspective. Talk about an empire state of mind.


Sure, the fact that I was up there makes me a complete “tourist” but what I saw today is no doubt one of the most memorable moments of awe I will keep with me for many years to come. What I love about views and rooftops is the effect it has on most people, especially me: Time just seems to stop and an overwhelming sense of calm and invincibility washes over. Whether it’s in business or life, I think it’s important to have these moments of awe, these ineffable responses to the amazing world around us, to help us step back and realize the bigger picture and appreciate how we are (lucky to be) in such an amazing city and have all that we have. On rooftops with views like these, I also can’t help but think about how many millions of people there are in the city and how I’m lucky to have certain people in my life.

This feeling of awe, scientifically speaking, is said to be the key to a more fulfilling life. Awe shifts a person’s thinking to the collective and also tends to bring us to the “now”, focusing us on the present and nothing else. So if you’re looking for a surge of inspiration, all you need is to do or see something awesome. These moments of awe kick us back into gear and provide inspiration for us to start with a fresh mind, with a different perspective. In business, this keeps us creative and transformative. In life this keeps the fire burning and the joie de vivre flowing.

Don’t let the cold get to you and go out there and explore. Be touristy (and don’t regret it). Be romantic. Be adventurous-wherever you are. G-d knows I am :p

If not in New York, don’t worry- I’ve got you all covered here on the blog. 🙂


“Renew your passions daily”- Terri Guillemets

“There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.” -Anthony Robbins

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