Looking south with the state capitol at my back.
The plaza stretches for a quarter mile (400 meters) south from the capitol building. At the far end is the Cultural Education Center, home to the New York State Library, Archives, and Museum. Beneath the plaza is a broad underground corridor that connects all the buildings, including the Egg performing arts center (on the left in the photo) and a small convention hall. Not to mention several levels of parking garages.
The four Agency Buildings. You can see part of the Legislative Office Building on the right.
When I got my first full-time job out of high school, I worked in Agency Building 1 at the southern end of the plaza. I loved working in that place, being downtown, walking through the capitol building nearly every day on my way from the bus stop to the office where I worked. That was in the days before heightened security. I could walk right through the capitol complex with no worries. It's not like that any more.