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Shine Like the Top of the Empire State Building

Chrysler Building

I’m in an Empire state of mind.

At least, I think that’s my issue.

Because I labeled every single one of these photos as “Empire State Building.”

Which is embarrassing, because they’re photos of the Chrysler Building.

Empire State Building

Which, in case you didn’t know, is my favorite building in all of New York City.

Empire State Building

There’s just something about the iconic feel to it that speaks to me.

Chrysler Building

And it fits so well into any conversation.

Chrysler Building

“Well, goodness gracious Chrysler Building, I guess we’re gonna have to hide that body!”

“Oh, Mary Margaret, Santa Claus is as real as the Chrysler Building.”

“Finally, I’ve solidified my plan to take over the world. Now all I need is the Chrysler Building…”

Chrysler Building

And my favorite, “when you wish upon the Chrysler Building.”

Chrysler Building

If I have any goal in life

It’s to impact the English language

(Well, second only to my aim of world domination),


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  • amanda austin July 11, 2011, 11:22 am

    The Chrysler building is my favorite top, but only bc Mrs hannigan wanted the orphans to make that dump shine like the top of it….and I do appreciate a good Annie reference when I see one.

  • SpilledInkGuy July 11, 2011, 12:36 pm

    Awesome, awesome photos, Megan!
    I’ve always had a bit of a crush on the Chrysler Building. Not sure it ‘feels the same way’ about me, though.
    I could be wrong about this, but I think when it was built it was a huge deal to have the tallest structure, so part of that ‘crown’ was assembled inside and then raided into position near the end of construction (surprising the competition). I probably made that up, but it sounds cool, right?! :)

    • Megan July 13, 2011, 9:13 am

      It told me that it thought you were cute, but there just wasn’t any chemistry.


      And I’ll choose to believe your crown story, as I like to think it had its glorious tallest-building-in-the-world time in the sun, because I do know it only held the title for like 10 months until another building beat it!

  • John July 11, 2011, 12:45 pm

    Of all of the musicals I’ve played, Annie is easily the one I’ve done the most (seriously, I played it at least 2 times every year in high school). I still remember Katie Miller at St. Elizabeth’s Academy ad-libbing building names for “Chrysler Building” just to piss the director off.

    Truly beautiful pictures. And when you wish upon the Chrysler Building, your dreams come true.

    • Megan July 13, 2011, 9:12 am

      Um, wow. Were you in the middle of a gigantic swath of high schools, or did all the schools around you do the same musicals year after year? ‘Cause that seems strange.

      And yes, they do.

      • John July 13, 2011, 9:39 am

        It was a little bit of both. Annie, Once Upon a Mattress, Guys & Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma, Meet Me In St. Louis, and Anything Goes were the common musicals – seriously, there was always at least one high school near me doing one of those, and there was a large swath of high schools near/around me in North Jersey. As I was able to keep-up, musically, but wasn’t a union musician (I’d charge $40-50 for the entire run, where most were charging $100 / show), so I was actually in high-demand.

        I also ended up playing Oliver, West Side Story, HMS Pinafore, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, No No Nanette (easily the most well-put-together show I’ve ever done), Grease, Fiddler, Bye Bye Birdie – but only once apiece.

        Honestly, if there was a way that I could make a living only playing in the pit of different musicals, I would drop whatever I’m doing and do that. I enjoy it that much.

        • Megan July 13, 2011, 1:42 pm

          That does sound like a dream life! But really only the being that close to musicals part, because I can’t play an instrument, so the job part probably wouldn’t go well for me!

  • Kimberly July 11, 2011, 2:11 pm

    Oh my Chrysler Building stars…she is a beaut ain’t she?

  • Hez July 11, 2011, 3:03 pm

    I now have Annie music stuck in my head.

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor July 11, 2011, 4:29 pm

    Weird how the poisonous gasses appear in these photos too.

    • Megan July 13, 2011, 9:10 am

      Oh yes, poisonous gasses are quite apparent.

      They willingly sacrifice the element of surprise to spread knowledge and thus fear.

      (Quite dastardly gasses, those.)

  • Missy Jill (What's Going On Here!?) July 11, 2011, 9:56 pm

    Okay, spill. How did you do this, post processing? Stunning shots– magazine worthy.

    • Megan July 13, 2011, 9:08 am

      Ooh – my deep, dark post-processing secret, finally revealed!

      (Prepare to be disappointed.)

      In iPhoto, I enhance, then use the effect of B&W, Sepia, or Antique.

  • alonewithcats July 11, 2011, 10:23 pm

    Chrysler, Mary and Joseph … those are some gorgeous photos.

    • Megan July 13, 2011, 9:05 am

      Now that phrase is going to overtake the country.

      I can just feel it.

  • blackhuff July 12, 2011, 4:51 am

    World domination sounds good 😉
    I would also have thought it is the Empire State building – just comes to show how I know things around the world :/

  • M July 12, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Those photos look amazing.

  • Sarah July 12, 2011, 1:51 pm

    These are great. I thought the Chrysler Building was so elegant when I was in NYC in May.

  • shelltrice July 12, 2011, 6:45 pm

    I love these pictures – especially those with the reflection of the Chrysler building on the outside of the other building. It was so cloudy and dark that night – You did a great job to get them to come out so well – Well Done!

  • Jackie Moo July 13, 2011, 3:59 am

    I always mix the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building up too. It does have a very classic/classy feel, though. Reminiscent of old Hollywood. Also, I’m crazy jealous that you saw the pompeii exhibit. My boyfriend didn’t want to go when we were in NYC, so I missed out…

    • Megan July 13, 2011, 8:44 am

      You should totally force him to make that up to you somehow, because it was amazing! And stupidly, they don’t allow photography, so I can’t let you live it vicariously through me!

  • Anonymous July 13, 2011, 12:50 pm

    the fourth shot is my favorite! thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my blog ~ i love it when people share their favorites :)

  • christine July 13, 2011, 12:51 pm

    i forgot to fill out who i am

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