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Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

Between Madison Ave & State St, Albany, NY 12224
518-474-2418
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Ranked #13 of 33 Attractions in Albany
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: One of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in America features 10 government buildings set on a six-story platform, delighting visitors with... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We walked here on our arrival in Albany staying up on State Street. It is very interesting, a beautiful reflecting pond captures views of the Capitol building on the far end. Unbelievable works of art all around. The Agency 1-4 buildings reminded us of the Easter Island statues. The Egg is really neat, we wanted to see something there but... More

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Sanbornton, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We walked about after attending an equine affair and found this location. The buildings, the sculptures, the views and the large pool of water in the middle of the plaza made it all worth while. We would definitely go back to this spot in the future if back in Albany.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The design of the whole plaza is very cool and well worth seeing. The gov't buildings surround a calm pond. The pictures here give you a good idea of what it looks like and walking around it was nice and relaxing. It is literally across the street from the capitol building so you can do both places at the same... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The plaza is HUGE! If you like art and architecture, you will enjoy this place. There are many art pieces in the plaza that give it the feel of a free outdoor/indoor contemporary art museum. The buildings (the Egg, Corning tower, and the NYS Musem) are connected underground (beneath the plaza). Plus, food trucks come to the plaza from 11-2... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This was a nice stop across from the State museum, close to Times Union, governor's mansion. The Crowning Tower is High! the egg is ......interesting, Rockefeller buildings are cool and the sate house I the back drop, great photo op!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I'd seen this when seeing the State Capitol in Albany. As a former NYS resident, I see why the state taxes are so high and why the state government is so big yet ineffective in seeing this place. In no other state have I yet to see a State Capitol complex that is this large and out of control. The... More

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Cohocton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Buildings are beautiful was a nice walk through the courtyard. Centrally located to alot of the bldgs we wanted to see and museum and such.

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New Orleans, LA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I was lucky enough to be in town on a Wednesday night for the Summer at the Plaza free concert, which this night featured Shaggy and Bootsy Collins. A great venue with lots of seating and a beautiful view of the Egg and the Capital building. The crowd was fun and there was food available for purchase, though not as... More

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Albany, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This once used to be a neighborhood, now it's a "plaza" that is empty of activity save a few days out of the year. It was recently named one of the worst public squares In the world by the Atlantic magazine. The NYS museum is here, Corning observation tower, and the Capitol building, but the plaza itself is nothing to... More

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Ghent, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The modern-style, Edward Durell Stone designed "Empire State Plaza, a nearly 50 year-old monument to government was erected at the direction of then Governor Nelson Rockefellar in part to disrupt the historic Albany democratic machine. The city's landscape was forever changed and the move to suburbanization commenced with the destruction of Albany's downtown neighborhoods. The flying saucer shaped theater and... More

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