Getting High


If you have lived in New York all your life, you always think about height. Sometimes when I visit friends in their West Side apartment on the 50th floor, I wonder how much above sea level we really are. When I ask, no one seems to know the answer. Recently, we had lunch in a restaurant on top of a ski mountain in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I wasn’t sure if we were 7,000 or 9,000 feet up. Everyone had a different calculation.

I don’t know why I am so curious but I am. I recently heard of an app called Height Finder. It quickly and accurately calculates the exact altitude of your current location. I love it. I am currently 137.39 feet above sea level in my apartment on 62nd Street and Second Avenue.

Height Finder uses GPS for accurate results. It also uses global databases when GPS is unavailable. The app displays altitude in feet and meters, which you can toggle between by tapping the on-screen reading, and can be used indoors and outdoors.

If you decide to download this app, let me know how accurate you feel it is.

Happy heights.

2 thoughts on “Getting High

  1. My GPS used to tell me that I was 24 feet above sea level when I was on the Shelter Island ferry, which of course made no sense because I was literally on the level of the sea. Go figure.

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