Manhattan
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Manhattan, New York City 

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Empire State Building 

 
 

The Empire State Building is one of New York City’s most famous landmarks and major tourist attraction. Construction of the 102-floor Empire State Building was completed in 1931 and was once the tallest building in the world until 1972. The building stands at a height of 1,250 feet (381 meters) and a magnificent example of architecture in the Art Deco design. Though no longer the tallest building in the world, the Empire State Building is still the tallest in New York City.     

Empire State Building, New York City

Empire State Building by Daniel Schwen

There are two observation decks on the Empire State Building i.e. on 86th and 102nd floors and visitors reach the floors by taking the high speed elevators. On a clear day both floors offer a panoramic and breathtaking view of Manhattan and the metropolitan area. For a detailed view, high powered binoculars are available on the observation floors for a small charge. At night, floodlights beautifully light up the exterior of the Empire State Building's upper floors.

View from the Empire State Building, New York City

View from the Empire State Building by Norbert Nagel

The observation floors open throughout the year and regular opening hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. Tickets to the observation deck on the 102nd floor can only be purchased upon arrival. However, tickets to the 86th floor can be purchased upon arrival or in advance. Getting to the observation floors involve waiting through three lines i.e. the security check line, ticket line, and line to the elevators. Expect a long wait when there are crowds of visitors especially in summer.

Location: 350 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY 10118

Website: Empire State Building

Tel (general line): 212-736-3100 

Tel (ticketing): 203-402-1112 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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