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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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  • As Albany's lone skyscraper (lol), the Corning Tower provides great views of the city and surrounding areas. Only downside is it's only open Monday through Friday.  more »
  • I wouldn't make a special trip just to see the Corning Tower, but if you are already at the plaza, then the view from the top is definitely worth the 15 minutes.  more »
  • Its free! Go! Terrific view over Albany and further up to Vermont along the river. Entrance is via the underground plaza near to the Museum end. Check opening hours. Apparently worth going in the snow...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great views of the Albany area and the Catskills. It's also FREE, so it's well worth the visit.
  • Really great views of the region from the observation deck - be sure to check it out!
  • Observation Deck was incredible.