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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Completed in 1931, the 102-story Empire State Building is the most symbolic sight on the New York City skyline and was for many years the tallest building in the world. Towering 1,453 feet into the sky above 5th Avenue, the Art Deco Empire State Building skyscraper is an icon of modern architecture and probably the most famous skyscraper in the world and one of the most widely recognized symbols of New York city.

Featured in countless movies, the Empire State Building offers one of the most spectacular 360 degree views of the city from it's 86th Floor Observatory. Take the high-speed elevator ride to the 86th floor Observatory, and enjoy panoramic views of New York City from the glass pavilions and outdoor promenades.

86th Floor Observatory Deck
Empire State Building boasts one of the most popular observation decks in the world and since it opened to the public in 1931, almost 110 million visitors have enjoyed the unforgettable breathtaking views of the city beneath them.

The 86th floor Observatory is1,050 feet (320 meters) high, and reached by high speed elevators. The Observatory has both a glass-enclosed area, which is heated in winter and cooled in summer, and a spacious open-air deck on all four sides of the building. High powered binoculars are also available for a fee. The 86th floor observatory is handicap accessible.

Some of the sites seen from the Empire State Building Observatory are the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Chrysler Building, Madison Square Garden, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Liberty Island and Shea Stadium.

The best and least crowded times to visit the 86th floor Observatory is in the morning at 8 a.m. right after opening or around 3 p.m. in the afternoon.

Empire State Building Lobby of Empire State Building
The Lobby of the Empire State Building greets visitors with its classic 1930 Art Deco style. There are also several art exhibits for all to view in the lobby, including the addition of items from Fay Wray's private collection of photographs, posters and King Kong memorabilia permanently displayed in two lobby showcase windows.

Empire State Building visitors over the past 70 years have thrilled to the views captured through these binoculars.

The Empire State Building Tower, the tallest point in the city, is struck by lightning about 100 times per year. It is designed to serve as a lightning rod for the surrounding area.

Do you know ...
There are 1,860 steps from street level to the 102nd floor.
The 86th floor observatory is visited by 3.5 million people every year.

General Information

350 Fifth Avenue and 34th Street
New York City, NY

Empire State Building Observatory

Phone: 212-736-3100
(877) NYC-VIEW

Daily, 8:00 am – 2:00 am (Last admission is at 1:15 am; observatory closes at 2:00 am)
Closed: Special hours may be in effect on New Year's Day,July 4,Christmas Eve,Christmas Day,and New Year's Eve.

Manhattan Neighborhood: Midtown

Empire State Building Tower Lights

The Empire State Building lights are famous. They are a bright beacon of celebration, remembrance, and tribute.

Holidays Light Display
National holidays red, white and blue
Valentine's Day red, pink and white
St. Patrick's Day green, green and green
Thanksgiving red, orange and yellow
Christmas red, green and green

Getting to Empire State Building

Public Transportation to Empire State Building
By Subway:
Take 1, 2, 3, A, C or E to 34th Street / Penn Station.
Walk 2 Blocks East to 5th Avenue.

Take B, D, F, N, Q, R or PATH to 34th Street / Avenue of the Americas.
Walk 1 Block East to 5th Avenue

Empire State Building is within walking distance from Penn Station, Grand Central Station, Times Square, and less than one block from 34th St Subway station.

By Bus:
M1, M2, M4, M5, M6, M7, M16, M34

From Northern Manhattan/Upper East Side, M4.
From Upper West Side/Harlem, M10 south.
From Downtown/West Side, M10-north.

From other Manhattan locations, any north-south bus to 34th Street and transfer to M34 or M16. Disembark at Seventh Avenue.

From Northwest Queens, take Q32.

By Car:
Parking is available throughout Manhattan at pay lots. Empire State Building is located on 5th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets.

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