Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

New York, New York 10118

(212) 736-3100



Soaring 1,454 feet above the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is the world’s most recognizable and celebrated attraction.
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Millions of visitors from all over the world marvel at the spectacular 360-degree views of New York City and beyond from its open-air 86th Floor Observatory and climate controlled 102nd Floor Observatory from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. While at the building, be sure to visit the interactive Sustainability Exhibit in the 2nd floor Visitor’s Center to learn about the Empire State Building’s energy efficiency initiatives and the “Dare to Dream” exhibit on the 80th floor, which chronicles the construction of the global icon. To further enhance the visitor experience, the Empire State Building recently launched a new Multi-media tour, which guides visitors through these exhibits and breathtaking views with additional depth on the building's history. It is available in eight languages - including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Japanese and Korean.

To get the most out of your visit to our iconic attraction, we suggest you consider the following:

- We're open! The Observatory is open 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. regardless of weather conditions. Time-saving tip - visit us either first thing in the morning (8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.) or after 9:00 p.m. We’re open until 2:00 a.m. with our last elevator going up at 1:15 a.m.

- Buy your tickets inside the Empire State Building or on our website. Pressed for time? Purchasing your tickets online allows you to skip the ticket line or you can consider purchasing our Express Pass, which allows you to bypass all lines up and down. Visit the Buy Tickets page for ticket options. Please note the Empire State Building is not affiliated with any street sales agents who approach visitors outside the building.

- Travel light. Consider not bringing luggage, large bags and strollers to the Observatory. This will save you time in security.

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The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and completed in 1931, the building has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m) and stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall, including its antenna. Its name is derived from "Empire State", the nickname of New York. As of 2017 the building is the 5th-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States and the 28th-tallest in the world. It is also the 6th-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. The site of the Empire State Building, located on the west side of Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets, was originally part of an early 18th century farm. In the late 1820s, it came into the possession of the prominent Astor family, with John Jacob Astor's descendants building the Waldorf–Astoria Hotel on the site in the 1890s. By the 1920s, the family had sold the outdated hotel and the site indirectly ended up under the ownership of Empire State Inc., a business venture that included businessman John J. Raskob and former New York governor Al Smith. The original design of the Empire State Building was a for a 50-story office building. However, after fifteen revisions, the final design was for a 86-story 1,250-foot building, with an airship mast on top. This ensured it would be the world's tallest building, beating the Chrysler Building and 40 Wall Street, two other Manhattan skyscrapers under construction at the time that were also vying for that distinction. Demolition of the Waldorf–Astoria began in October 1929, and the foundation of the Empire State Building was excavated before demolition was even complete. Construction on the building itself started on March 17, 1930, with an average construction rate of one floor per day. A well-coordinated schedule meant that the 86 stories were topped out on September 19, six months after construction started, and the mast was completed by November 21. From that point, interior work proceeded at a quick pace, and it was opened on May 1, 1931, thirteen and a half months after the first steel beam was erected. Despite the publicity surrounding the building's construction, its owners failed to make a profit until the early 1950s. However, it has been a popular tourist attraction since opening, with around 4 million visitors to the building's 86th and 102nd floor observatories every year. The Empire State Building stood as the world's tallest building for nearly 40 years until the completion of the World Trade Center's North Tower in Lower Manhattan in late 1970. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, it was again the tallest building in New York until the new One World Trade Center was completed in April 2012. The Empire State Building is an American cultural icon and has been featured in more than 250 TV shows and movies since the film King Kong was released in 1933. A symbol of New York City, the tower has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Empire State Building and its ground-floor interior have been designated as a city landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and were confirmed as such by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was also designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986, and was ranked number one on the American Institute of Architects' List of America's Favorite Architecture in 2007. Wikipedia
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