It was surprisingly empty considering the holiday weekend and great weather.
It got a lot more crowded once we got closer to the observation deck but we only had to wait about 20 minutes before we got lovely views in every direction.
It was pretty packed once we got up there. And we timed it for high noon so it was also incredibly bright. Not the best lighting for photographs but I snapped away as best I could.
I was a bit bummed that the glare was the worst on the Brooklyn side. You can barely see it was so bright. You can still kind of see Brooklyn if you look hard - its on the upper left hand side of this photo.
You know how much I love viewfinders!
We paid the extra to go to the 102nd floor but I wouldn't recommend it. The view was very similar to the 86th floor except that was entirely enclosed. So if you are visiting, save yourself the $15.