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The Empire State Building is Manhattan’s best known landmark and stands as a testament to the American spirit. The third tallest building in New York City after One World Trade Center and 432 Park Avenue, it is an integral part of the city’s famous skyline.

Completed in 1931, the 381 m tall Art Deco building was easily the tallest building not just in New York, but the entire world for many years before being overtaken by another New York landmark - the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The iconic spire was initially designed to be a moor for zeppelins, but now is a dock for broadcast transmission antennae. The Empire State Building lights up in changing color to recognize various occasions throughout the year.

The 80th floor has the Dare to Dream exhibit which tells the story behind the building’s construction through period photographs, architectural sketches, construction notes, documents and mementos from the 3400 workers, engineers, and architects who built it. The Main Deck on the 86th floor is the highest open-air observatory in New York, offering 360-degree views of the city and beyond. Get panoramic views of Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and the Hudson river through binoculars. The Top Deck on the 102nd floor offers further gorgeous views all around.

The building has been a part of popular culture ever since King Kong climbed it in 1933, and can be seen in Andy Warhol’s Empire, Sleepless in Seattle, and several other movies.

Expect long lines, and a lot of them - you'll have to wait in line to pass through a security checkpoint, wait in line to get tickets, wait in line for the elevators, and then make your way through the crowd on the observation deck. It is recommended to buy Skip-the-Line tickets in advance to save time.

About Empire State Building

 350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118

 Nearest Transit: 34th St-6th Ave (Lines: B,D,F,N,Q,R,V,W)

 +1 212 736-310


Empire State Building and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Times Square

Times Square(0.9 km)
A place filled with video screens, LED signs, and flashing lights; a world wonder or a tourist nightmare depending on your perspective, the 'new' Times Square is a family-friendly theme park of themed restaurants, theaters and hotels, as well as a developing business district.

Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building(0.9 km)
The Flatiron Building is another of New York’s architectural landmarks, a wedge-shaped 22-storey Beaux-Arts building at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway.

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building(0.9 km)
One of the most recognizable and favored structures of New York, the Chrysler was the world's tallest building when completed in 1930, but lost that title to the nearby Empire State Building less than a year later.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal(0.8 km)
Walk in and see the main concourse, a cavernous room often filled with people and elegantly detailed, with arched windows, a lovely clock, and an astronomical ceiling.

New York Public Library

New York Public Library(0.6 km)
The main branch of the New York Public Library (officially the Stephen A.

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center(1.2 km)
The Christmas Tree, the Skating Rink, NBC studios, the shops and hubbub - you can't miss it.

Metropolitan Life Insurance Building

Metropolitan Life Insurance Building(0.9 km)
A lovely building with a tall clock tower just across Madison Ave from Madison Square Park.

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace(1.1 km)
A designated National Historic Site, Roosevelt lived at this site from his birth in 1858 until the age of 14 years.

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