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Empire State Building, New York City

Categories: Observation Decks, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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The 103-story Empire State Building in midtown stood as the world's tallest building for nearly four decades, from its completion in 1931 until 1970, when it was surpassed by another New York skyscraper. Considered an American cultural icon, the building underwent a massive renovation in 2010 to make it more energy efficient and eco-friendly. Admire the Art Deco mosaics in the lobby, and then take an elevator to the observation deck at the top, where you'll have 360-degree views of the entire city. If you don't have time to wait in line for the top, visit the 86th-floor observatory, which at 320 m (1,050 ft) high still provides remarkable views. If you're in the city in the evening, try to catch a glimpse of the building to see its pinnacle bathed in lights. Arrange to visit Empire State Building and other attractions in New York City using our New York City travel itinerary planner.
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  • I thoroughly enjoyed the new sunrise event. It was well organized and the staff was wonderful. I was fortunate to see and photograph a wonderful sunrise. I understand why you pay in advance and like t...  read more »
  • Great visit. Well organized, we have time to enjoy the great view and take pictures. Hospitality is good but nothing more. The wifi is a plus! Could make video conferences with our families! On the other hand, when you buy a ticket, it has the right to a visit the same day, night. Except that the morning no one told us that the site would close earlier that night for work! However, we are advised each time not come early to avoid the crowd. We were very disappointed because we took the plane overnight and could not return. Hence the question and less on the note. Feel free to ask the same if the morning.
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  • My favourite attraction for skyline viewing but does get busy The Art Deco is wonderful to see To get to the outdoor observation deck take the steps (6 stories) both up to 86 and back down. Will save ...  read more »
  • The tour was informative, the line didn't seem to long to go up. The wait for the elevator to go back down was a little wait though, but we were having fun so we didn't mind. They had security guards on every corner at the top which made me feel more safe. The views of the city were amazing. We times it so we could be at the top at dusk, take some photos the daylight and then watch all the lights come on. All the staff served courteous despite the hectic crowd. I'd definitely like to visit again.
  • Not the tallest, but definitely the best known. Lovely art deco design. A vist to NYC for the first time is not complete without stopping by this building. Best to go early morning. It really starts to build up later in morning and later afternoon towards early evening. Recommend to buy tickets on line, otherwise waiting in line is long. The views are not as good as the Rockefeller building, but the art deco design and feel just makes it that bit more classier. Sadly, you don't get to appreciate the exterior, that can only be done from the Rockefeller. Security is tight, that gives you peace of mind though.
  • Awesome views especially at night. Recommend wearing a sweater or bringing one because it gets chilly at night. When I went it was very cold and windy at the top. Definitely a great place to visit to get a sense of NYC. Loved the night lights!
  • Great visit, never will forget. Go there when the sun is up but ready to go down. You will see in light and night. We joined to the 201 club for an extra 20-30 dollars. Shop are expensive but you cannot find anywhere else. We had a great time. Nice and friendly staff.
  • Another fantastic tourist attraction. The queues are somewhat tiresome but with it being open until 2am going later on can shorten your wait quite dramatically. One of the first things i noticed about the place was the staff. They are incredibly friendly, and the guys standing up on the lift must see several thousand people every day but take the time to learn different languages to say hello or goodbye. That's true professionalism in my eyes and made the wait enjoyable. The view at the top in the evening is indescribable. Just being up there and getting a 360 degree view of this beautiful city is amazing. At the time i was there it must have been about 25 degrees centigrade at ground level. 86 floors up its not so warm... Still doesn't take away from the awesomeness of the place. There's a limit to how many people are allowed up so its never over crowded. First time visitors in New York this is a must.
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