Visitor’s Guide to Empire State Building

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night view ©ESB david_shankbone/Flickr

Empire State Building: the name of this New York skyscraper sounds aristocratic and monumental, and matches perfectly with what has become a landmark for the Big Apple and one of the world’s most famous buildings. The Empire State Building is today a popular attraction in New York, but also a remarkable piece of architecture that continues to amaze architects. In my visitor’s guide to Empire State Building I have included some essential information about when and how you can visit this attraction, as well as some quick facts about the building’s history and characteristics:

Empire State Building facts and figures

The Empire State Building was designed by the renowned architect William F Lamb, and its construction finished in 1931, only one year after it began. The constructors has one ambition in mind: to build the tallest building in the world. And the Empire State Building managed to hold this title for a little over 40 years.

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empire state building ©thinboyfatter/Flickr

The building has a total of 102 floors, but only 85 of these are rented. The observation deck is situated at floor 86, and the floors above these represent the very top of the building, a tower constructed in fashion of those times. In the recent decades, the exterior illumination of the building’s top floors – the floodlights, which change for different occasions – have become another distinct characteristic of the Empire State Building, making it even more visible.

Location and visiting hours

The building in located in Manhattan, at 350 5th Avenue(it actually has its own zip code). It is among the few attractions which is open all year round, with no interruption – although the admission hours are shorter during holidays. Also, you can visit the building from early morning till late at night – closing hour is 2 am.

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night view ©ESB david_shankbone/Flickr

Tickets and the visit

The standard price for one ticket is 25$, but it this can vary according to various factors, as pensioner discount or VIP admission. The Empire State Building is a very, very popular attractions, so allow at least a couple of hours for your visit. A good idea would be to buy the tickets online and thus skip the long queues.

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the observatory ©Ami’s/Flickr

Visiting the Empire Building is a pretty straightforward process: you get in, take the elevator up, and after an almost one minute elevator ride, you’ll be at the top of the world (by 1930 standards!). The Observatory consists of two floors, the top deck and the main deck, around here you can practically admire the view, attend an occasional concert, take pictures and listen to stories and facts about the building.


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