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“Amazing view” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Empire State Building

Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118 (Manhattan)
+1 212-736-3100
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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and...
Ranked #49 of 633 Attractions in New York City
Type: Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The world-famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic views of New York City and beyond from 8 a.M. Until 2 a.M. Daily. Our 86th and 102nd floor Observation Decks offer the two highest vantage points in New York City. Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building is the World's Most Famous Office Building. Named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, the Empire State Building is one of New York City's top tourist destinations. On a clear day, you can see up to five states from our Observation Decks - New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Guests can enjoy our outdoor viewing area on our open-air 86th floor Observatory, or our indoor climate-controlled viewing areas on the 86th and 102nd floors. We recently launched our new Multimedia Experience as well, which guides visitors through the extraordinary exhibits and breathtaking views with additional depth on the building's history in eight languages - including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Japanese and Korean. The Empire State Building aims to provide entertainment for guests of all ages. Bringing children? Have their picture taken with King Kong himself on our 80th floor from Thursdays through Mondays (12 p.M. Until 9 p.M.). Celebrating a first date or an anniversary? Enjoy romantic tunes from our saxophone player from 9 p.M. Until midnight every Thursday through Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased through our website. Our celebrated tower lights are often illuminated to commemorate holidays, events and special causes. In the Fall of 2012, we upgraded our tower lighting system from floodlights to one-of-a-kind LED tower lights. The state-of-the-art system allows customized lighting capabilities from a palette of over 16 million colors! To watch some of our recent light shows, visit our YouTube page. Reigning as the world's tallest building from 1931 to 1970, the Empire State Building is known for its distinct Art Deco style. Construction of the renowned icon only took one year and 45 days, and logged more than 7 million man hours. This is the fastest construction to date for a project of its scale. Additionally, from classics like An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle to recent hits such as Oblivion and Elf, our place in pop culture has been solidified since our early days. In fact, over 200 movies and TV shows have featured the Empire State Building in them!
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“Amazing view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2005

You must go up the Empire State Building! You get the best view of New York and its relatively cheap.
We went at around 10pm to get a great night view. It costs $13 which isn't to bad. When we went there was almost nobody there, so we didn't really wait. We did however see the GIANT waiting line areas, so if your planning a visit make sure its early or not busy cause you could wait for a VERY long time. Don't buy anything at the gift shop its the same stuff you can buy anywhere and its cheaper at other places. The best place to buy souvenirs is in Times Square, there's a store there which sells everything at much cheaper prices so make sure the look around. Unless you don't mind overpaying for your souvenirs.
Nothing else really to say except it was an amazing sight.

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“Manhattan skyline”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2005

So it has been a while since we last went up the ESB, but this time we had a 9 year old to marvel at the view.
Everyone tells you to pre purchase the tickets but we got there at 9.30am and walked straight through to the ticket booths. We chose not to go for the SkyRide (tripadvisor reviews give it a nono) and therefore claimed our 'discount' from the NYC visitor guide.
It took no time at all before we were there looking out at the amazing skyline. Yes it was cold, very bloody cold but it was February so what do you expect?
But the sight. It just blows your mind!
Our 9 year old was amazed by being able to see Central Park, Queens, Brooklyn and New Jersey all from one vantage point.
Everyone should visit day or night!

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“A Must do if Visiting NY....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2005

We visited the ESB on the 1st day of our trip and it was lovely was there at bout 10am and it was straight up without delay - so i advise get there early and avoid crowds.

It is well worth a visit the Views a fantastic from the top of it and you wil get a good over view of the city and how big it is....

The Shop that are there are over priced - so what you wil get them cheaper downtown.......

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“Its all in the timing!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2005

The first thing I did was read all of the reviews on this site to see if a trip to the ESB (see I even use the right terminology!) was worthwhile. I talked to friends who had gone and I worked out that you absolutely must pre-buy the tickets on the ESBNYC site. I figured there is a gentle migration towards the building throughout the day, with a big focus on the undisputed spectacle of dusk. So we timed the visit to about two hours before dusk. Granted that it was February and we were lucky to miss the tour groups that were assembling in the lobby, but from the moment we walked into the building to standing on the observation deck was 20 minutes, and you can’t argue with that!
What isn’t really clear from the other reviews is the sequence that you follow from when you first walk through the door. Everyone is security screened together, but this felt cursory after the personal violation you experience going to the Statue of Liberty. Once through security you line up for tickets. Obviously it is this line that can be skipped if you pre-buy your tickets. From there you join your third line, this time for the elevators to the 80th floor. From there you join your fourth line to get the elevator to the observation deck on the 86th floor. When you leave the deck you have to stand in your final line for the elevator down. You get the idea. It only takes one hold up in any of the five lines and you are camping out for the day.
I will again echo other reviewers in saying this is one of the few visit-once-if-you-do-nothing-else attractions in NYC. If the day is clear the view is awesome. If it’s cloudy or you can see the line through the lobby then don’t bother as the views aren’t worth a 3 hour wait.
The souvenirs are expensive and they will try to sell you a cheesy photograph. I bought a fridge magnet for $7 so I am not really qualified to comment on the merchandising!

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“ESB and NYC”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2005

Visited New York in feb 2004. Decided to pop up the ESB for a look-see. Had been up once before on a previous trip. Queues were small, but what got my goat was two separate security checkpoints, both manned by ignorant and rude staff. Others in the queue seemed equally miffed by the treatment from the security guards.
The views up top were fine and dandy, as was expected. But my overall feeling about the city was one of annoyance at their treatment of non-Americans as potential terrorists. I'd been numerous times before 11/9/2001, and found New Yorkers rude but endearing.
Now they're just rude.

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