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The Empire State Building

Once the world's tallest building, the iconic art deco Empire State Building, presides over midtown Manhattan like a proud big brother. After checking out the lobby's famous 23-karat gold celestial ceiling mural, whiz up the 1464-foot tower to the dizzying observation decks on the 86th and 102 floors for a birds eye view of the shimmering city. (350 Fifth Avenue, esbnyc.com) John Moore, Getty Images
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