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Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

Madison St, Albany, NY 12224
518-474-2418
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Ranked #14 of 34 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
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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53 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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26 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Aventura, Florida
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Large impressive center that afforded us lecture space, book signing tables and sales. We were delighted by the spaciousness of the programs lobby and main meeting/gathering space. Parking too was in house. Had a great couple of days! Several cafeteria and restaurant offerings within the complex too.

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Rochester, New York
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336 attraction reviews
322 helpful votes 322 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

I used this building (plaza)_ mainly to transit through on my way to The Egg, but it is an amazing place that seems to go on forever. I went from the State Museum across to the Egg, all underground, and was able to escape some really nasty Albany weather. The main plaza hallway is perhaps 75 feet wide, and about... More

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san francisco
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We saw this monstrosity while on a road trip through upstate New York last week. The buildings are so ugly it's difficult to imagine how it got built. This plaza leaves you feeling sick that taxpayer money was spent on it. Cold, without soul, ugly, no character ... whoever approved the design of this mess should be shot. I left... More

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Connecticut
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183 reviews 183 reviews
60 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

It's not everyone's cup of tea, but for lovers of the style from the late 1950s and early 1960s, this plaza offers a wonderful atmosphere. I think it's quite beautiful and stunning. Serene.

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