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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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So pretty

The Empire State Plaza is a beautiful sight at night. Despite all of the concrete, the buildings all around are pretty amazing. If you go in the winter, you must go ice skating... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Albany, New York
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We actually walked under the plaza as it was 40 degrees, overcast, and windy. The concourse under the plaza is very nice with access to all of the buildings which is great in the winter..

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Albany, New York
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9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The Empire State Plaza is a beautiful sight at night. Despite all of the concrete, the buildings all around are pretty amazing. If you go in the winter, you must go ice skating outside there. It's a great experience. The museum is right there, as well as the egg and capital building. It's a nice place to see if you... More 

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

it was under renovation when I visited, so many areas were closed to the public. Also, it was early Spring so the fountain was not on. I imagine it will be better to visit during summertime. Plenty to walk around. Check out the Egg and the Firefighter Memorial close by

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

What a great place to visit for shows - festivals - events. Have been many times and are never disappointed. The Plaza is well labelled also - to know where you are in relation to your car/garage or public transportation.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

There is an expression that I remember from an urban design class that I took while an undergraduate in architecture school; it is "second generation urban design projects". What does that mean. Well loosely speaking its is a reference to redesigning public spaces and/or the interface between buildings and the public realm/street to enhance their vitality and livability. I have... More 

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Warrensburg, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food was ok, typical snack bar pizza, very bready and little sauce, it was warm, and it was chewy. The place was open, which we were grateful for which meant we could get food there.

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I work in the Capitol Building and I have easy access to the plaza to do many things. Great especially in the summer time.

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Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Being down on the plaza on a cold, windy winter afternoon added to the ambience of this seemingly Soviet-inspired architectural design. Concrete and some glass was all around with no color to break it up. The odd feature of the plaza is the Egg, which seems completely out of place in the straight lines of the surrounding buildings. The plaza... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

When I was growing up in the area in the 1960s and 1970s, I just remember there was always a big hole in the centre of Albany - the South Mall Project. How amazing to return from overseas after all these years and see the results of all that construction. The Plaza is certainly stunning on an autumn day with... More 

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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This was an interesting building to go through but the things to see were not inside the building; the only thing we did INSIDE the building was eat lunch in the food court. Hopefully someday the state legislature will see fit to freshen it up a bit.

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