Thursday, April 19, 2007

On top of Manhattan

The top of Yeshiva University's Belfer Hall is the highest point in Manhattan. Today I finally got around to exploring the upper levels of the building.
Before you think that I never went to the "top" floor, allow me to explain. The normal passenger elevators go to the 16th floor. How dull. The freight elevator goes to the 17th floor. Eh. The stairs go to the 18th floor and the roof.

The roof of Belfer is quite interesting in its own right. Since it's the tallest point, there are lots of antennas, communications equipment and bits of the Titanic on it.

But more interesting than smokestacks is, by far, the view. We'll start with straight down:

Then there are the bridges. In order of appearance: The George Washington Bridge to NJ, the Whitestone (R) and Throgs Neck (L) Bridges to Queens, and (believe it or not) the Tappan Zee Bridge:

Last but not least, there's the unparalleled view of Manhattan. Be sure to click here to see it full-size [1.7MB].


  1. A comment on the last two posts taken together - Eli, I am glad you found high ground where you can hang out when global warming floods Manhattan.

  2. I would comment, and tell you that is quite a view, but it seems like a waste of time to say something so obvious.

  3. The Empire State Building is 1,250 feet tall while Belfer is only 235 feet high? The elevation at Yeshiva is NOT 1015 feet above sea level.

  4. That's a good point, anonymous. I'll need to look into that

  5. i think its possible that its over 1000 ft. above sea level. its not so hard for rocks to get very tall.

  6. According to Wikimapia, the
    highest land point in Manhattan
    is a few hundred yards west of Yeshiva at 265feet above sea level. I live around the corner from there, and there's a plaque at the park stating the same thing.

  7. The roof is the highest roof point. But the highest land point is by fort washington

    1. I actually noticed that a while later. See here:
      I actually think that the Belfer roof may not be the highest roof point, as the Empire State Building is 1250ft tall, and the highest land point is only 265ft above sea level.