corning tower view 2014-04-01

The view from (near) the top

corning tower view 2014-04-01

A larger version, for gawking.

While at the ESP today we took the opportunity to head up to the Corning Tower observation deck for a few minutes. We always forget how fun it is to gawk at everything from up there.

A handful of years ago check-in was required for the the observation area. But now it's just walk right in at the tower's base, head to the back of the bank of elevators (there's a sign), and take the quick (a bit wobbly) ride up.

The downside: the observation deck is only open week days from 10 am to 3:45 pm. If you have the chance sometime, though, it's worth the quick side trip.

Comments

I wish they'd open up the observation deck in the Smith Building

A lot of people complain about Albany being an "eyesore" but I really think its a pretty cool looking city with a lot of interesting history. I haven't been up in the Corning Tower yet but it's definitely on my soon to do list.

When I worked downtown, I used to head up to the observation deck for lunch. Great times.

I wish it was open on the weekends.

And its FREE! It makes a for great little side trip if you're taking the kids to the NYS Museum during the upcoming Spring Break.

Not sure why anyone would call Albany an "eyesore". It has THE NICEST architecture for a city of its size in the Nation. Other places would kill for the Capital Building or City Hall or the brownstones etc. It is only an eyesore because people refuse to use it. They would rather troll off to Wolf road in the cars driven from their cul de sacs so they can frequent chains stores and restaurants that sell mass produce garbage. People need to give our cities another chance. The rest of the country is on board and I guess Albany is always 20 years behind so maybe in 2034 the City will return to what it was in the 1800-1940's...a wonderful little city on a river filled\ with beautiful buildings and streets and people.

There's quite a few prominent dilapidated buildings in downtown Albany.

Eric you are so right... i believe they are both about the same elavation...the AE SMITH offers a 360 degree view. It really is a shame, they did all that renovation work and we (you know the taxpaying public) don't get to enjoy or witness it.

Luckily that abandoned building on the bottom right is about to be turn down.

I really should get up there one day... :)

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