The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located at 350 Fifth Ave. in midtown Manhattan, New York City, between West 33rd and 34th Streets. It is New York’s most famous office building, and one of the most iconic and recognizable man-made structures in the world.
Soaring 1,454 feet (including its famed antenna spire), the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world from 1931 until the opening of New York City’s Twin Towers in 1971. It temporarily regained the distinction of being the tallest building in NYC following the September 11 attacks of 2001, which it held until the opening of One World Trade Center in April, 2012.
Built in the Art Deco style in just 410 days for only $25 million, this international landmark is made of Indiana limestone and granite trimmed with sparkling stainless steel. When strolling through the lobby, you’ll find marble imported from Belgium, France, Germany and Italy. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) “List of America’s Favorite Architecture.”
Empire State Building – Trip Tips
More than 120 million visitors have gazed down upon the city from the Empire State Building’s famed 86th floor observatory since 1931. With nearly 4 million visitors touring this famed New York City attraction each year, the Empire State Building does its best to accommodate, opening at 8:00AM and not closing until 2:00AM. Here are a few things to keep in mind and help you get the most out of your visit to the Empire State Building:
- Purchasing a New York Pass will help you save money and let you skip the ticket line (but not the lines for security or the elevators). The New York Pass can also help you save a few bucks, but you’ll still have to wait in the ticket line to change your voucher into a ticket.
- To avoid long lines and crowds: Visit when they first open, during dinner time, or between 12:00AM and 2:00AM. Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to be less crowded. Weekends are known to be busier than weekdays.
- If your time is more important than money, buy an express ticket. This will enable you to jump to the front of all the lines so you can be on the Empire State Building’s open air observation deck enjoying the 80 mile view above the city in just 20 minutes.
- If 1,050 feet isn’t high up enough for you, for an extra $20 you can take it to the next level and visit their 102nd floor glass-enclosed observatory.