Empire State Building, New York City

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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. Use our New York City trip itinerary maker app to visit Empire State Building on your trip to New York City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Had a wonderful evening at the Empire State Building. Wonderful views, NYC light, Statue of Liberty and Hudson River. Excellent atmosphere  more »
  • Clean NY was relatively empty in the evening, at night the excited little slight. Could not reach the window to my fear of heights
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  • There is such a contrast between the outside which is really nice compared to the Chrysler Tower, and inside all in marble. Quite a tail to the elevators. Seen on all of Manhattan. A few memories of King-Kong and archives on the construction of this tower. A must, even if you've been at the top of the One Observatory.
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  • Grandiose architectural masterpiece, 102 story 1250 feet(380m) a total of 1454 feet (443.2 m) including its antenna, spectacular building was finished May 1 st. 1931. It was a farm field in 18 century before came to the possession of prominent family Waldorf Astoria who built hotel there and later relocated hotel to Park Avenue where still stands fabulous hotel Waldorf Astoria. 3500 people mostly Italian and Irish immigrants built Empires State building around the clock, finished in 14 months, 45 days before scheduled date. Contains 10 million bricks and 5 acres of windows. It’s named after New York State nickname ‘Empire State’. When you are there you’ve been transported to times imagining people transforming this real estate to timeless, iconic landmark that offers 360 views of mesmerizing city. Breathtaking views are fantastic just like New York itself. Over 250 movies were filmed there King King in 1933 being the first one. It has been popular tourist attraction since opening. Over 4 million people a year enjoy spectacular views and amazingly magnificent landmark. If you are lucky to find yourself at 102 story observatory deck soaking the spirits of majestic, spectacular New York City count your blessings, being on the top of the highest building you will visit in you lifetime, crown jewel of American history visited by many Kings, Queens, Presidents, and dignitaries is truly a blessing.
  • The view this building has to offer is absolutely stunning. You can see the whole city with a 360 view. They had telescopes there for you to better see small detailed. The staff was well organized and managed to get a lot of people from the first floor to the second floor in an orderly fashion. The elevator was a small detail but I loved it. They had a led display I believe with cool illustration on our way up and down the building. I got to take super cool photos while up there. The gift shop is also not but, just a bit on the pricey side but nothing too bad. My overall experience at the Empire State was awesome and I would definitely recommend any friends and family to stop by on their next trip to New York City. It definitely was a great adventure to learn about this building from back in the days. If you are reading his then you should definitely not think twice about visiting!
  • During our trip in NYC we decided to go up to the top of the building. The ticket price was not cheap but for the view and the service that they provide it is absolutely worth it. Naturally the queue was enormous but surprisingly we only had to wait 10 minutes for the elevator. The lift itself was another amazing experience. It took a bit more than half a minute to get to the top and to my amazement we could watch a film of how the tower was built. First there was an indoor room with huge glass windows and information boards about the tower. With another elevator we went up to the outdoor viewpoint. I was shocked when I first saw the panorama. It was breathtaking to see the whole city and the other famous buildings. I think it was an unforgettable experience.
  • All staffs are so kind and cool! Especially at the ride! I can't forget what you have done for me at the ride/attraction. I was so happy and was glad to could come there. It's also includes security guard. I love to visit again and again. This is the American mind and humanity! Love the States!
  • Amazing views!! Very informative and interesting history provided in museum quality displays. You'll learn everything about the building. Incredible architecture throughout the experience. The staff are EVERYWHERE and very helpful, courteous and knowledgeable. Clean, accessible, and handled crowds well. Not cheap. Don't go up if you fear heights.
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