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The Empire State Building

338-350 5th Avenue, New York, New York 10001 USA

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Empire State Building

Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets

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Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

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“Not New York City's only observation deck, but it might as well be”

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet, and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world's tallest building for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York (although it was no longer the tallest in the US or the world). The Empire State Building was once again demoted to second-tallest building in New York on April 30, 2012, when the new One World Trade Center reached a greater height. The Empire State Building is currently the third-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States (after the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago), and the 15th-tallest in the world (the tallest now is Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai). It is also the fourth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.

The Empire State Building is generally thought of as an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the List of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.

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Reviewed by
Nick Philpott

  • Road Warrior
  • 160 Reviews
  • 118 Helpful
July 11, 2014
Rated 4.0

This place is pretty fantastic, but the wait is going to be PHENOMENALLY long, gang. When I went, there were four of us, and it took us 3 hours and change and 80+ floors to get up to the top. HAVING SAID THAT: it is super freaking majestic, and you won't have enough room on your phone for all the pictures you'll want to take. I would personally recommend the Top of the Rock at 30 Rockefeller Center for ease and view, but the Empire State Building does have the pedigree, after all.

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  • 19 Reviews
  • 18 Helpful
July 18, 2014

Don't buy tickets from the pushers in the street. They try to sell you stuff you don't need. Just go in on 5th. The lines won't be that bad if you go at sensible times and not on major holidays

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Ray Mack

  • 15 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
October 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

The line moves pretty quick for the volume of people going through there on a daily basis. Great view of the city, so get your money's worth and spend some time up there.

1 person found this review helpful

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Dave Doster

  • 133 Reviews
  • 102 Helpful
July 14, 2014
Rated 4.0

I've found another good time to go is about 2 or 3 hours before sunset. Sunset brings the throngs, and if you time it just right, you can catch the mid afternoon lull. Also you can avoid waiting if you walk up the last few flights (an option other than taking the last elevator). You can take pictures in the stairwell and make your FB friends think you walked the entire thing! Ha!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Derek Neuland

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  • 297 Reviews
  • 127 Helpful
July 13, 2014
Rated 4.0

I've never been up to the top, but just looking at it from street level is overwhelming. It is such an iconic building, it helps define the NYC skyline.

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Tatiana Danger

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  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 631 Helpful
July 13, 2014
Rated 4.0

If you get there between 8AM and 11AM you have your best chance at avoiding the heavy crowds. This means less waiting time and more space to enjoy your visit. There's also online Express Pass tickets you can order. You can bring kids, but if you have a stroller you need to fold it up before riding the elevator. Restrooms are on the second floor.

1 person found this review helpful

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Josh Green

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  • 144 Reviews
  • 62 Helpful
July 11, 2014
Rated 5.0

I recently went up in ESB on my last trip to really SEE New York in its beauty. The tickets are a bit expensive to see a sight, but since I'm rarely in NYC, I thought it was worth it. I'll warm that lines can be long, elevators take a while and are trafficked by employees of the building, and the top will be crowded at all times a day. They will also try to upsell your base ticket to go up 16 more floors and I personally didn't find it worth it. When you finally get to the viewing platform, fight your way to get a photogenic spot.

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Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

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  • 580 Reviews
  • 159 Helpful
June 28, 2016
Rated 4.0

Really awesome but really long wait

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  • 1 Helpful
March 22, 2016
Rated 4.0

I just can't give this place a 5 after the HUGE lines we had to wait in to get to the top, especially since the Rockefeller Center offers views to the top of its tower that are cheaper, just as amazing, and with significantly less wait time; with all that being said the view is indeed incredible.

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November 07, 2015

Quero ir ai. Sou um portugues gordinho!!!!!!

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The Empire State Building

338-350 5th Avenue
New York, New York
10001 USA


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