There were two good things about my recent jury duty service — I was dismissed after one day and during lunch I checked out the view from the observation deck at City Hall. Yes, there is an observation deck at City Hall.
Well, perhaps “deck” is a bit generous. It is more of a wraparound balcony towards the top of the tower. It is only a few feet wide so it cannot accommodate large crowds. Which is good because amazingly, there were only a few people up there enjoying the spectacular 360 degree views. Apparently not many people know about its existence, but now that you do, you should definitely go up there. Best of all — it is free.
Here are some images: