Erastus Corning II Tower, Albany

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The Erastus Corning Tower, also known as the Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd Tower or simply the Corning Tower, is a skyscraper located in downtown Albany, New York. Completed in 1966 and sided with Vermont Pearl marble and glass, the state office building is part of the Empire State Plaza. At 589 feet (180 m) and 44 stories in height, it is the tallest skyscraper in the state of New York outside of the city of New York. Erastus Corning 2nd, the building's namesake, was the mayor of Albany for over 40 years from 1941 to 1983. The tower was dedicated to him in March 1983 during his hospitalization. Before that dedication, it was known as the "Tower Building".The Corning Tower houses the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Office of General Services. Two New York State Department of Transportation traffic cameras are located on the building to monitor nearby traffic conditions. From 2000 to 2004, it was the tallest structure in the World Almanac's list of "Other Tall Buildings in North American Cities".Observation deckAn observation deck is located on the Corning Tower's 42nd floor. It offers expansive views of Albany, the Hudson River, and the surrounding area. Panels below the windows give information about the visible landmarks. The observation deck, however, does not feature a 360-degree view because it has no windows on the west side. A nonstop elevator to the 42nd floor reaches a speed of 26 km/h (16 MPH). The deck is open to the public for free Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors can access the observation deck, by the plaza or concourse levels. Upon taking office in 2010, Governor Andrew Cuomo eliminated that photo ID requirement.
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  • September 24, 2017
    After visiting the State Capitol we walked to this building and took the elevator to the 41st floor observation tower. It was a great, sunny day and the views were spectacular. The tower is enclosed b...  more »
  • September 15, 2017
    We entered this very interesting building in order to go to the 42nd floor to the observation deck. As you enter from the plaza, the elevator for the observation deck is to the left and toward the bac...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    This is a great, free attraction. Not knowing the area, it was great to be able to go to the observation deck and look out over Albany and the district to understand the geography. Helpful signs to id...  more »
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  • January 30, 2017
    Observation deck offers incredible views of Albany and the surrounding area. Only downside is that there are no windows on the north side of the building.
  • August 11, 2016
    Want the best views in Albany? Then come here and go to the 42nd floor. You have a close up view of the capitol and on a clear day you can see both the Catskills and Adirondacks! It is best saved for a clear day if you want to see further. For those who are into photography, you won't be disappointed.
  • November 30, 2016
    One of the ugliest buildings in all of Albany. At least you can go to the top for views of more attractive areas.
  • December 26, 2015
    Great views of the Albany area and the Catskills. It's also FREE, so it's well worth the visit.
  • March 16, 2017
    Great observation deck

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