And I should have known better!
It's completely my fault, but as a word of caution to others.
Last night we wanted to do Empire State Building. We had done it before but not at night. When we walked past yesterday the queues were huge and I mentioned to my other half that we could purchase express tickets but I wasn't 100% sure where from. Unfortunately one of the many skyride hawkers was standing close by and overheard us. He made us think that they sold express tickets and could bypass the normal entrance by going in on 33rd Street. There were so many of the on the street that I thought oh at least we might get to bypass some of the line by paying extra. Unfortunately after buying the tickets he then proceeded to place a sticker on it saying this is not an express ticket! We went back to see if the queues had lessened by 7pm only to be told that the queue to get in via Sky ride was 3 hours long and the normal ESB queue was 30 mins!!! We are going to go again on Wednesday when hopefully it will be quieter but right now I'm so cross. Cross with myself for not remembering what I had read on hear about Sky Ride and also cross at the seller for blatantly lying to us. I hope this might help someone else avoid the expensive mistake we made.