The Manhattan skyline is seen from the One World Trade...

The Manhattan skyline is seen from the One World Trade Center observation deck in Manhattan. (April 2, 2013) Credit: Victor J. Blue

I was flabbergasted to find out the prices for admission to the observation decks on tall buildings in New York City ["Top of the world," News, April 8]. Tickets at 1 World Trade Center will range from $26 to $32 per person. Some other skyscrapers charge even more.

I feel sorry for a family of four visiting our fair city from out of state or abroad to fulfill a lifelong dream, only to find it will cost them more than $100!

Yes, the buildings are landmarks and the views are spectacular when the visibility is unlimited. (Any discount for a less-than-clear day?)

However, I feel the fees are exorbitant, and a $2 or $3 discount for seniors isn't much. Also, what about a discount for our veterans?

I thought Disney World was overpriced, but at least you get a whole day of rides and shows!

Angela Romano, Deer Park