The Empire State Building is undoubtedly the most famous skyscraper of New York. It is 1250 feet tall, (1472 feet to the top of the spire, which was added in the 1950’s). The construction started in the 20s, and the construction budget was set at 60 million dollars (product of the optimistic 1920s). But the Empire State Building is a child of the Depression, the clearance of the site started only two months before the stock market crush. Remarkably, it was finished ahead of schedule and under budget, setting construction record still unrivaled.
Since 1976, the Façade has been illuminated with colored lights to commemorate holidays, the city’ ethnic communities, important victories by New York sports teams, and major events. The Empire State Building became an important tourist attraction thanks to the observation deck built a few floors below the top of the building, which offers impressive 360 degree views of Manhattan.The film industry largely contributed to the increasing fame of this building, especially with the movie King Kong. The Empire State Building serves as an office building.
The breathtaking pictures of the Empire State Building in New York - Documentary Film
How to reach the Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is located in the heart of Manhattan at 350 Fifth Avenue on 34th Street. If you need to get there by subway, the nearest lines are: B D F M N Q R W @ Broadway / 34th street.
To visit the Empire State Building, you have several types of admission ticket to choose from including VIP options that will expedite your security check and elevator ride. Let's see them together:
Standard Ticket to Main Deck -- Adult: $47 Boy: $41 Seniors: $45 — With the VIP Express Pass — Save all the queues to go up to the 86th floor — All Visitors Price $60
Standard Ticket to Main Deck + 102nd Floor -- Adult: $83 Boy: $77 Seniors: $81 — With the VIP Express Pass — Save all the queues to go up to the 102nd floor — All Visitors Price $88
Sunrise at the Empire State — Allowed only 100 visitors each day — All Visitors Price $125
Attention visitors, your are not allowed to bring -- professional cameras, equipment and camera stands such as mono-pod, bi-pod and tri-pod, no backpacks or large suitcases, and there are no lockers to store any object that is not allowed upstairs, so leave those items in the hotel.
Empire State Building Hours
Open year-round from 8 am to 2 am
Images: The Observatory and The Views
365-degree Views from the Top
If you would like to visit the Empire State Building and enjoy incredibles views from its observation deck, buy now the THE NEW YORK CITYPASS and you would be able to get admission-tickets at 42% discount to major New York Attractions and Museums, including the Empire State Building.
When you get off the elevators you will find yourself in the heart of Manhattan but 86 flights above ground. The view will take your breath away ... be it day-time or night-time, sunrise or sunset, the open-air 360-degree view of NYC is incomparable.
When the Empire State Building lights up
On April 19th, 2017 the Empire State Building was illuminated with 150 giant photos, 150 meters high by 42 meters wide when Harper's Bazaar magazine celebrated its 150th anniversary. The Empire still remains the most prestigious icon in New York!
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