Empire State Building, New York City

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350 5th Ave., New York, NY 10118 (212) 947-1360
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    EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

    by LoriPori Written May 13, 2013

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    The 102 story skyscraper EMPIRE STATE BUILDING is located in midtown Manhattan at the intersection of 5th Avenue and West 34th Street. It boasts a height of 443 meters and 102 Floors.. It stood as the world's tallest building for 40 years.
    It is designed in the Art Deco style.
    The Empire State Building has one of the most popular outdoor observatories in the world. The 86th floor observation deck offers 360-degree views of the city. There is a second observation deck on the 102nd floor that is also open to the public.
    Our Bus tour package did not include the Empire State Building Observation Deck. We were instead treated to the "Top of the Rock" which I must say, offered excellent views of the Empire State Building.

    Address: 350 5th Avenue

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.esbnyc.com/

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    Empire State Building - not for the acrophobic!

    by Aunt_Bertha Written Jan 2, 2013

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    Even though it took us approximately 2 hours (and most likely it will take you just as long) until we finally made it to the top of the Empire State Building (not because we walked up the stairs - most of our time was spent waiting in line to enter one of the elevators), I'd highly recommend visiting the Empire State Building as a trip to New York City would not complete without admiring the view from above and getting that queasy feeling in your stomach. The Empire State Building is 444 meters tall and it is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. When you're on top of the Empire State Building you'll enjoy looking 444 meters down to Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. Unless you're acrophobic. In which case you may prefer standing on Fifth Avenue or West 34th Street looking 444 meters up. Either way, it's a great place to visit, but only from the top can you see the curvature of the earth.

    Address: 350 5th Avenue

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.esbnyc.com/

    View of NYC from the Empire State Building
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    LONG walk to the top!

    by WBeall Written Sep 12, 2012

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    The Empire state building is really pretty and TALL. We had the New York Pass (Which I highly recommend to everyone visiting NYC) and the pass got us a free virtual tour of the city. I do not suggest anyone that gets car sick easily to do this tour because it basically is a virtual helicopter flying over the city. Then we were able to take the elevator up to the top, oh but that’s not it… then you have to walk another couple of flights of stairs. Whew.. tiring. But when you get to the top it was so worth the climb! The day we went it was super crowded and very hard to get a decent picture so try your hardest to go on a weekday when the crowds are smaller.

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    Zip up to the 86th floor observatory on our speedy elevators and take in the view.
    Adult $25
    Senior (62+) $22
    Child (6-12) $19

    Address: 350 5th Avenue

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.esbnyc.com/

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    Still Sleepless in Matthews

    by etfromnc Written Aug 24, 2012

    Although I did not find Meg Ryan, nor even a reasonable facsimile, up there, I will nevertheless attest to the fact that from the 102nd floor of this majestic architectural (and cinematic) icon you will have magical views of New York and surrounding states, from the concrete canyons of Midtown to the myriad islands in the harbour. Buy your tickets online to avoid long queues. For a little less you can end your ascent at the 86th floor, but you only go round once in life so, please go for the top.
    I miss the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center but, in my mind, the Empire State Building will always be the skyscraper star of New York City.

    Address: 350 5th Avenue

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.esbnyc.com/

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    Once again, New York's tallest building

    by Tom_Fields Updated Aug 3, 2012

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    This grand old building was begun in 1930. The architect, William Lamb, broke new ground with his then-revolutionary design. President Herbert Hoover officially opened in a year later. For many years, it was the world's tallest building.

    It's still a big favorite. If you wish to take the elevator to the top, I recommend buying tickets well in advance--especially during summer and on weekends. The view is among the best.

    Address: 350 5th Avenue, NYC

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.esbnyc.com/

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    View New York City from 86 floors up!

    by Benson35 Written Feb 6, 2012

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    To enter the Empire State Building there is a cost. You travel up to to the observation deck on the 86th floor by lift. The views are amazing. You can have a 360 degree view of Manhattan. You don't realise how many buildings have been fitted on the island!

    If you want the best views of New York City, this is the place to get them!

    Address: 350 5th Avenue

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.esbnyc.com

    Looking down - can you spot the yellow taxi? View of Downtown New York
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    Braving the cold wind for some nighttime snaps

    by Tijavi Updated Nov 30, 2011

    One of the best times to see NYC from the Empire State Building is just before sunset. The magnificent views are made more memorable by the change in the city's mood - from boring daytime scenes to that rush hour when everyone seems to be in a bit of a rush to get out of the island. But the most spectacular change occurs when the lights within the buildings become more visible, as the city's skyline transforms into a forest of structures with mesmerizing twinkling lights.

    Of course, this is only possible if the weather cooperates, so it's advisable to check the weather bulletin. Good weather, however, does not guarantee that you're going to be warm and comfortable up there in the observatory, 86 storeys high. I learned this the hard way: it could really get cold up there with the wind factor, but I was determined to capture the city's changing mood with my lens. I hope the pictures were well worth the effort - and the numbed fingers.

    Address: 350 5th Avenue

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.esbnyc.com/

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    The glorious details

    by Tijavi Updated Nov 26, 2011

    The Empire State Building is not just famous for its observatory - it is a destination by itself. While you're in it, take a few moments to admire the buildings art deco style like the bronze art deco medallions at the lobby, as well as the relief image of the building. Architecturally, the building had earned a place in numerous lists of the world's greatest skyscrapers.

    Given its well-earned status as symbol of the city (among many other symbols), the colors of the building's floodlights are changed either in celebration of a festival, or sometimes to honor other countries - sometimes controversially, like when it splashed red and yellow lights to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Chinese revolution in September 2009. A bit interesting for one of the symbols of free enterprise to honor one of communism's most historic events.

    Whether one is in agreement with the choice of colors for the tower lights or not, the sight of the tallest building in the city lit up in some interesting colors - in effect making a statement - is one of those memorable (and free) NY experience for the visitors.

    Address: 350 5th Avenue

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.esbnyc.com/

    The building in Halloween mood Images of the building within the building Bronze medallion depicting symbols of modern age What if the Empire State Building leaned? NYC's tallest after the 9/11 attacks.
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    Surveying the lay of the land

    by Tijavi Updated Nov 26, 2011

    One of the best vantage points to start your NYC visit - in truly iconic fashion, sans King Kong, but 20 dollars poorer - is the from the observatory of the Empire State Building. Its location between Midtown and Lower Manhattan affords visitors a magnificent views of the Manhattan itself as well as the surrounding landscapes (and seascapes), including the Liberty and Ellis Islands.

    If you're not in a rush (and if you wish to maximize the 20-dollar ticket), allot a few hours at the observatory, preferably around sunset when the city's mood changes. I did just that and it's well worth seeing the city at daytime and at dusk when the buildings start to reveal their lights. Quite a sight.

    Address: 350 5th Avenue

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.esbnyc.com/

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    Empire State Building

    by mickeyboy07 Written Nov 16, 2011

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    The Empire State Building is a 102-storey landmark skyscraper and American cultural icon in Manhattan,New York City.It is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th st.It has a roof height of 1,250 ft and with its Antenna spire included stands a total of 1,454 ft high.Its name is derived from the nickname for New York,the Empire State.It stood as the worlds tallest building for 40 years,from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Centre's North Tower was completed in 1972.Following the destruction of the World Trade centre in 2001,The Empire State Building was once again the tallest building in New York City.Designed in the destinctive Art Deco style it is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.It was designed by 'William F.Lamb'.Over the years there have been several incidents such as a plane crash in 1945,A terrorist shooting in 1979 and more than thirty suicides.Open all year 8am till 2am(holidays vary),Prices for obsevation deck-Adult:$20.21,Children:$14.70,Senior:$18.37,for more details see website below.

    Address: 350 5th Avenue

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.esbnyc.com/

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  • Sight Seeing

    by SeanFarr1 Updated Oct 3, 2011

    I loved the Empire State Building. Before I arrived in New York, it was probbaly the main attraction that I was looking forward to seeing. So when I arrived in New York, I was set up for a fall BUT the Empire State Building delivers. I loved every minute of my trip to the Empire State Building. It lived up to my billing of it. Soemofthe best views of New York and you genuinely feel on top of the world.

    Address: 350 5th Avenue

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.whatsonnewyorkcity.com/things-to-do/details/256-Empire%20State%20Building.html

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    Night View from Empire State Building

    by MINOSUKE Updated Aug 30, 2010

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    Going up to the observatory of Empire State Building is a must-do item for tourists. From there, you can enjoy really splendid view of NYC. I went there at night, as I prefered night view of the city.
    The entrance to the building is on 5th Ave. The ticket office is on the 2nd floor. Tell at the office whether you want to go up to the 102nd floor or you just want to go to the 86th floor. The ticket to the 86th floor is 20 dollars. If you want to go to the 102nd, you must pay extra 15 dollars.
    The elevator takes you up to the 86th floor. To go up to the 102nd, you should get into another elevator at the 86th. You are supposed to go up to the 102nd first.
    At the observatory on the 86th, you can go out of the door and enjoy the view from the terrace. The breeze was so nice on a summer night. (In winter? No way!)

    Address: 350 5th Avenue

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.esbnyc.com/

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    Great views

    by rexvaughan Written Aug 16, 2010

    I don’t have much to add to general knowledge and available information about the Empire State Building and my one suggestion has doubtless been made by others. However, we planned to go late afternoon but the lines were so long we decided to postpone until the next morning. We arrived just after 8:00 which is their opening time and had no wait to get to the observation deck. I think the view at night would be spectacular but I don’t know how long the lines would be. Of course if you went late enough, you would probably avoid them. It is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Adults $20, Children 6-12 $14, Seniors $18.

    Address: 350 5th Avenue

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.esbnyc.com/

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    Celebrating Irving R. Feldman's Birthday

    by travelfrosch Updated Aug 1, 2010

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    The Weather Lady said it was going to be a beautiful day, so we went to the Empire State Building.

    The one thing you need to be prepared to do when you go: wait. You will need to wait in line to go through security, then wait to get tickets, then wait to get on not one but two elevators, to get to the 86th Floor Observatory. You also have the opportunity to go up to the 102nd Floor, but that involves an additional cost and another wait to get on yet another elevator.

    Cost of a ticket to the 86th Floor (including taxes and "surcharge") is $22 for adults, $20 for Seniors and children 12-17 years old, $16 for children under 12. You can save a bit of time by purchasing tickets online and printing them out yourself. This allows you to skip the ticket line after you pass security. If you have more money than time, you can purchase an "Express Pass," which also allows you to cut in front of the elevator lines. Cost for this option is $49 for all ages, including taxes and "surcharge."

    Despite all of the waiting, the view from the 86th floor is definitely worth it if the weather is good. You can also shorten your wait times a bit by arriving early in the morning. If you want to go higher, you can purchase tickets to the 102nd Floor outside the elevator on the 86th Floor (credit cards only, cost $15 per person). It's fun, but the observatory is enclosed in plexiglass marred by "scratchiti." As such, it's probably not worth the extra cost and time.

    The Empire State Building is open 365 days a year, from 8AM to 2AM. Last elevator up is at 1:15 AM.

    Address: 350 5th Avenue New York NY 10118

    Directions: Enter on the corner of 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Closest subway is 33rd Street (6 train). You can also walk from 34th St/Herald Square (B,D,F,N,Q,R), 33rd St (PATH), Grand Central Station (4,5,6,7,S, MNR) and Penn Station (1,2,3,A,C,E,NJT,LIRR).

    Phone: +1 (212) 947-1360

    Website: http://www.esbnyc.com

    Sara and me on the 102nd Floor observatory View from the 86th Floor observation deck Southward View Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges Lower Manhattan
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    Empire State Building

    by richiecdisc Written May 24, 2010

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    While you can't truly call the Empire State Building a free NYC attraction, you can enjoy the iconic building for free on a number of levels. It's true that to go to the top it will cost you $20 a pop, you can go into its lobby for free and obviously view if from afar from many vantage points around the city. One of the best is from the Brooklyn Bridge at dusk. Noted for being the world's tallest building for over 40 years, the famed Art Deco skyscraper gained perhaps its greatest notoriety when Hollywood's mythic King Kong climbed to its top forever cementing its being not only NYC's icon but perhaps the symbol of the entire United States.

    Address: 350 5th Avenue

    Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

    Phone: (212) 947-1360

    Empire State Building at dusk from Brooklyn Bridge nice views of the Empire from Brooklyn Bridge Empire lobby is free too
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