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Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

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Address: Between Madison Ave & State St, Albany, NY 12224
Phone Number: 518-474-2418
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Description: One of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in America features 10...
One of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in America features 10 government buildings set on a six-story platform, delighting visitors with historical attractions, a performing arts center and plenty of music and other entertainment in the summer and fall.
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Free tour available from visitors center

The tour got you inside the egg as well as pointing out interesting facts about the history, building and architecture of the plaza. See the State Capital Building and the State... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Imagine a painting or artwork 350 long ? Contemporary, sleek structures housing New York state government offices reaching to the heavens that lead your eye to the historic Capitol Building (up,up,up those stairs) ... Rockefeller deserves celebration ... the art collection boggles the mind and is a fabulous throwback to the 70s. The "Egg" itself is genius for performance art....... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The tour got you inside the egg as well as pointing out interesting facts about the history, building and architecture of the plaza. See the State Capital Building and the State Museum separately.

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Yorktown Heights, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Bigger than we thought but worth the price of admission which is $0! Thats right. Its free other than having to pay for parking. The main concourse is indoors and out of the elements. You can visit all the attractions, Capital, Egg, Corning Tower, and Museum without having to get wet, cold, or hot.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The seat of New York State government is headquartered in these monoliths. They are stark reminders of classical minimalism of certain government buildings and actually give me the creeps. It almost seems that it rises on some foreign planets horizon, very creepy.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Empire Plaza is quite beautiful, even with repairs going on at the Museums end, the architectures is gorgeous on a sunny day. Parking below costs $10 (or $5 if you arrive after 11am), NY State Museum and Corning Tower are free to enter.

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Newton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Art and history; this is a fascinating place to walk and take photos and look at the sculptures (including those on display on the ground floor of the Corning building).

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Ogdensburg, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Governor Rockefeller authorized the building of Empire State Plaza, the State Office Buildings out Western Avenue and the "new" SUNY Albany campus at approximately the same time to house the expanded offices of NYS government. While on the Plaza, you must visit "the egg." This building in the shape of an egg, is home to conferences, lectures and concerts and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

You don't hear about this public space, but it's so well composed it's almost like being in a painting. It's like a giant three dimensional sculpture you can walk around in. From the same architect as Lincoln and Rockefeller Centers in NYC. Keep an eye out for the reflections in the large reflecting pools. Was really beautiful on a Saturday... More 

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Bari, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

A masterpiece of modern architecture, very wide and spacious, but still full of interesting particulars in every side you direct your glance! Good to combine it to a visit in the capitol state or to a show in the Egg, or a walk at Washington park, also close (half mile away).

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Rochester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Ignore the fact that thousands of homes and businesses were bulldozed at the bequest of Governor Nelson Rockefeller; ignore the fact that downtown Albany was transformed because of a visit by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands; ignore the fact that the 1960s architecture can be perceived by some as inviting as a blank sheet of paper. Regardless, Empire State Plaza,... More 

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