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Empire State Building, New York City
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350 5th Avenue
NY 10001
+1 212 736 3100
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View of the Empire State Building, New York City


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The Empire State Building is a New York City icon. Not only is this 102-story skyscraper an Art Deco masterpiece, it has been a centerpiece of popular culture since the filming of King Kong in 1933. What's more, the Empire State Building is a symbol of 20th century man's attempt to achieve the impossible and was the world's tallest building for 41 years, from 1931 to 1972. Having said that, its worth weighing the facts before purchasing tickets. The Empire State Building boasts a bird's-eye view of New York City. The best views are from the outside, i.e. the 86th floor observatory. Visibility is weather dependent. Kids love the views but hate the queues.
Getting There
The Empire State Building is located at 350 Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets, in Midtown Manhattan. The landmark is easily reached by public transport and is within walking distance of Penn Station (Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, Amtrak) and Grand Central Station (Metro-North Rail Road). The 1, 2, 3, A, C, and E subway lines stop at 34th St/Penn Station. The B, D, F, M, N, Q, R and PATH lines stop at 34th St/Herald Square. The 6 line stops at 33rd Street. All three subways stations are within three blocks from the landmark. City buses M4, M10, M16, M34 and Q32 stop near the Empire State Building as do the ever-popular open-top tour buses. There are several pay car parks nearby.
Hours & Times
The observatory is open daily 8:00 - 2:00 year round. The last elevator up is at 1:15 unless otherwise noted. There are three queues to reach the top, tickets, security screening and elevator. Lines are longest on weekends and holidays. Lines tend to be shortest first thing in the morning. Allow two hours for the visit.
Admission & Fees
Admission charged. Tickets can be purchased online and onsite. A surcharge is added to online ticket purchases but it's a small price to pay for skipping the ticket queue. A reduced rate is available for kids aged 6 - 12. Children under 5 are free of charge. Audio tours are available for an additional charge. Express pass tickets cost more than double but offer front of the line access. The Empire State Building is included in the CityPass program.
Things to Keep in Mind
All visitors are security screened. Prohibited items include bottles, cans and luggage. Check the Empire State Building website for a full list. There are no lockers at the landmark. The sun and wind are stronger at the top than on the street.
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