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Empire State Building

Soaring more than a quarter of a mile above the heart of Manhattan, the Empire State Building is the most iconic skyscraper in the world and no New York holiday would be complete without a visit. Nearly 4 million visitors a year go up to the 86th-floor Observation Deck or the 102nd-floor Top Deck for breathtaking views of the New York skyline. The best time to visit is just before dusk so you can see the transformation from daylight to night-time, though be prepared for crowds.

On a New York holiday, save time by buying your tickets in advance online (www.esbnyc.com), or use a New York Pass. The main entrance to the Empire State Building is at 350 Fifth Avenue, once you pass through security checks you can then make your way to the main floor and follow the signs to the Observatory lifts on the second floor. On the second floor there are special exhibits about New York City and its many tourist attractions. The NY Skyride (www.skyride.com) gives an exciting simulated tour of the city.

If you are on a romantic New York holiday then the Empire State Building is a must do attraction, just hope for a starry night as its quite magical.

Disabled access to the Empire State Building is very good, staff will be helpful and ensure you get a clear view from the vantage points provided on the Observatory Deck. Be prepared it can be cool outside on the 86th floor.

Empire State Building Statistics

  • 1,050 feet to the 86th floor Observatory
  • 1,250 feet to the 102nd floor Observatory
  • Weighs 365,000 tons
  • 6,514 windows
  • 210 columns at the base support the entire weight of the building
  • Construction was completed in one year and 45 days
  • Seven million hours went into constructing the Empire State Building
  • Final cost of property and construction was $41 million


    Night-time view from Empire State Building


350 Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Street
Open 8:00am – 2:00am, last Lift 1:15am
web: www.esbnyc.com
Adults $25
Child $19
Buses M1, M2, M3, M4, M6, M7
Go on a clear day
Take some Quarters for the binoculars

Good Disabled Access

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