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Empire State Building 350 Fifth Ave Suite 300 New York, NY 10118
(212) 736-3100
www.esbnyc.com

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Open daily 365 days a year. 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. The last elevators go up at 1:15 a.m (1) (2) (3) (A) (C) or (E) to 34th Street/Penn Station.
Walk 2 Blocks East to 5th Avenue. 
(B) (D) (F) (N) (Q) (R) or PATH to 34th Street/Avenue of the Americas.
Walk 1 Block East to 5th Avenue
1.Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, or Amtrak to Penn Station 2.Walk 2 Blocks East to Fifth Avenue. 3.Metro-North, from Westchester and Connecticut to Grand Central Station. 4.Subway Shuttle (S) to Times Square 5.Downtown (1) (2) or (3) to 34th Street
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, United States, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It is 1,250 ft (381 meters) tall. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world's tallest building for more than 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building once again became the tallest building in New York City.
The Empire State Building has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the List of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA. The building is owned and managed by W&H Properties. The Empire State Building is currently the third tallest skyscraper in the United States (after the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago), and the 15th tallest in the world. It is also the fourth tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. The Empire State Building is currently undergoing a $550 million renovation, with $120 million utilized in an effort to transform the building into a more energy efficient and eco-friendly structure.
Empire state building New YorkThe Empire State Building was designed by William F. Lamb from the architectural firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, which produced the building drawings in just two weeks, using its earlier designs for the Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the Carew Tower in Cincinnati, Ohio (designed by the architectural firm W.W. Ahlschlager & Associates) as a basis.
The Empire State Building rises to 1,250 ft (381 m) at the 102nd floor, and including the 203 ft (62 m) pinnacle, its full height reaches 1,453 ft–89⁄16 in (443.09 m). The building has 85 stories of commercial and office space representing 2,158,000 sq ft (200,500 m2). It has an indoor and outdoor observation deck on the 86th floor. The remaining 16 stories represent the Art Deco tower, which is capped by a 102nd-floor observatory. Atop the tower is the 203 ft (62 m) pinnacle, much of which is covered by broadcast antennas, with a lightning rod at the very top. The Empire State Building was the first building to have more than 100 floors. It has 6,500 windows and 73 elevators, and there are 1,860 steps from street level to the 102nd floor. It has a total floor area of 2,768,591 sq ft (257,211 m2).The Empire State Building as seen from Brooklynthe base of the Empire State Building is about 2 acres (8,094 m2). The building houses 1,000 businesses, and has its own zip code - 10118.
The Empire State Building also has a motion simulator attraction, located on the 2nd floor. Opened in 1994 as a complement to the observation deck, the New York Skyride (or NY Skyride) is a simulated aerial tour over the city. The cinematic presentation lasts approximately 25 minutes and costs $52.
Since its opening, the ride has gone through two incarnations. The original version, which ran from 1994 until around 2002, featured James Doohan, Star Trek's Scotty, as the airplane's pilot, who humorously tried to keep the flight under control during a storm, with the tour taking an unexpected route through the subway, Coney Island, and FAO Schwartz, among other places. After September 11, however, the ride was closed, and an updated version debuted in mid-2002 with actor Kevin Bacon as the pilot. The new version of the narration attempted to make the attraction more educational, and included some minor post-9/11 patriotic undertones with retrospective footage of the World Trade Center. The new flight also goes haywire, but this segment is much shorter than in the original.
The site of the Empire State Building was first developed as the John Thompson Farm in the late 18th century. At the time, a stream ran across the site, emptying into Sunfish Pond, located a block away. Beginning in the late 19th century the block was occupied by the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, frequented by The Four Hundred, the social elite of New York.

New York Skyride

Empire State Building nightThe Empire State Building also has a motion simulator attraction, located on the 2nd floor. Opened in 1994 as a complement to the observation deck, the New York Skyride (or NY Skyride) is a simulated aerial tour over the city. The cinematic presentation lasts approximately 25 minutes and costs $52.
Since its opening, the ride has gone through two incarnations. The original version, which ran from 1994 until around 2002, featured James Doohan, Star Trek's Scotty, as the airplane's pilot, who humorously tried to keep the flight under control during a storm, with the tour taking an unexpected route through the subway, Coney Island, and FAO Schwartz, among other places. After September 11, however, the ride was closed, and an updated version debuted in mid-2002 with actor Kevin Bacon as the pilot. The new version of the narration attempted to make the attraction more educational, and included some minor post-9/11 patriotic undertones with retrospective footage of the World Trade Center. The new flight also goes haywire, but this segment is much shorter than in the original.

About Empire State Building

Manhattan Empire State Bilding redOur Observatories have been a “must visit” for millions each year since it opened to the public in 1931. Each year approximately four million people are whisked to our 86th and 102nd floors, consistently one of New York City’s top tourist attractions. Visit our Observatories 365 days per year, day and night, rain or shine, for magnificent views of Manhattan and beyond. We are open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. The last elevators go up at 1:15 a.m.
The Empire State Building embodies the feeling and spirit of New York City. It is recognized not only as an iconic landmark offering some of the most spectacular views on earth, but also as an international symbol of shared hopes, dreams, and accomplishment.
Vital Statistics
•1,050 feet to the 86th floor Observatory
•1,250 feet to the 102nd floor Observatory
•1,453 feet, 8 9/16 inches to the tip of the broadcast tower
•Broadcast tower adds 203 feet 8 9/16 inches
•103 floors
•1,872 steps to the 103rd floor
•Sits on 79,288 square feet, approximately 2 acres
•Weighs 365,000 tons
•Volume is 37 million cubic feet
•200,000 cubic feet of Indiana limestone & granite exterior cladding
•An estimated ten million bricks were used in construction
•730 tons of aluminum and stainless steel were used in construction
•57,000 tons of steel were used in construction
•Contains 473 miles of electrical wiring and 70 miles of pipe
•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 man-hours went into constructing the Empire State Building
•Final cost of property and construction was $41 million
•73 elevators
•Five entrances
•2.85 million rentable square feet

 

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