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Empire State Building
Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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20 West 34th Street New York, New York 10118
(212) 736 3100
http://www.esbnyc.com
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Open 365 days a year, the iconic Empire State Building was for many years the world's tallest building. Completed in 1931, it has long lost this claim to fame, but remains a majestic and impressive ... Read more
Big Apple landmark known the world over. The building is lit up at night, often color coordinating for popular holidays. The observatory is one of the best places to view Manhattan's cityscape - tickets can be bought online or in the lobby.

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The Empire State Building was completed in 1931 and stands at 102-stories tall. It was the tallest building in the world until the completion of the World Trade Center’s North Tower in 1970 and was again NY’s tallest until One World Trade Center was completed in 2012. It was built in the Art Deco style in Midtown Manhattan. I had wanted to check out the ESB on my first visit to NYC but could not due to security restrictions after 9/11. This time, however, I was able to go and buy a ticket to the observation deck which is on the 86th floor. If you want to go to 102, it’s a little extra. Since it was just me this time around, I decided going up 86 floors was enough. The views on a clear day or evening are breathtaking. If you aren’t afraid of heights, you should definitely visit. Tickets can be purchased on-site or in advance. They have ticket kiosks now that take credit cards. If you think about it, millions of people have been to the ESB, celebrities, dignitaries, ordinary citizens, which is pretty cool. The ESB is an American cultural icon and has been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. I was happy to have been able to visit this NYC landmark and check it off my bucket list.

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Quebec City

Best view in the city. If you want to see New York from every angle, be sure to ride to the top of the Empire State Building!

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Hoboken

Certainly worth a trip up! The lines are long, of course, but definitely worth a visit to see a view of new york.

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São Paulo

Nice view, choose to go day or night but if you can go on both. Buy online to avoid long lines

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Local from New York City

It's a great sight to see, but not worth the trip to the top. It's over priced. The views are nice but not worth paying $50+ for it. You can definitely get some better views at rooftops bars. There's a ton of history here and if you have a big group, you can definitely get some discount pricing. But small groups will get charged the "normal" prices.

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Local from New York City

A stunning institution of NYC buildings. Remember the 2 entrances so you aren't stuck behind the massive crowds! A must-visit for all visitors and locals :) Steer clear of the fast food chains and walk a few blocks over to Koreatown for your lunch, you'll thank me :)

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Chicago

Visited here with the Explorer Pass which definitely makes the whole experience worth it and worth the visit. 360 degree views of New York at sunset is beautiful!

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Brisbane

Awesome view of Manhattan from up top. Cool architecture and iconic building.

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Local from New York City

Everyone has to go to the top of the Empire State Building, at least one time in your life. It’s so fun and provides and amazing view of the city.

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Dublin

The queues in this place in the height of summer are the WORST . Last time I went was February and it was great we had the place to ourselves practically,only went to the 84th floor ,or is it 86?I've been here roughly 5 times but never at night,will be back again in 2018 hoping to see it at night

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Klang

The Empire State Building is an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of Seven Wondets of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Local from Queens

Bit expensive but the view was worth it. Been to NY many times but first time here.
Line up was long but well organized as it moved fast.

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Yankton

The top is amazing!!! How could you pass up this iconic symbol of New York City? You can't! This is a must!

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San Francisco

Must place to visit in NYC. Crowded all days of the year and all times of the day. Opens till 2am which is good. You can also book for an express entry get ride of the lines for security check and elevator. Overall a great place to visit.

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Amman

I enjoyed the whole experience maybe because it reminded me of "Sleepless in Seattle" maybe!!! But it was very busy during that day.

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Lincoln

It maybe an icon of all skyscrapers built all around the world and not just New York and the views are truly awe inspiring but if you have to go up it at night, wait until at least 11 at night. I made the mistake of going at 9 o'clock at night and it was dreadful. The line of tourists was far too long and up top you are fighting with everyone else for photos, and tourists aren't the most forgiving people in the world.

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Fayetteville

While you do have to pay a bit to go up to the top, it provides such a beautiful view of the city and the surrounding areas from early morning to late at night.

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Local from New York City

A tad pricy but the view is worth every penny. The view from this beautiful structure will be sure to take your breath away and leave you with some stunning captures.

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Drexel Hill

Tallest building in Manhattan's mid-town. The lines are long, but the view is worth every minute!

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The Empire State Building is one of the most recognized historical buildings in NYC. Depending upon the season, it changes colors to celebrate the moment. You can't get all the way to the top, but 80 plus floors up still gives a spectacular view of the city day or night. I can't help but think of the romantic meaning from An Affair to Remember and later in Sleepless in Seattle..just watch where you are walking!

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