I had to report back at the Superior Court today for jury duty, but spent all morning in the jury pool without getting selected to actually serve on a jury. We were dismissed early afternoon. ‘Just don’t knock me down and run me over!’ joked the bailiff as she announced that we were free to go.
So since I was just a block away from Smith Tower, with another beautiful blue sky summer day here in the city, I decided to go up to the observation deck. The elevator on the 33rd floor opens into the Chinese Room, a large room decorated with Chinese artwork, wall and ceiling paneling and furniture. Legend has it that the room was furnished by the last Empress of China as a gift to Mr. Smith. (New York tycoon Lyman Cornelius Smith).