THE MOST FAMOUS BUILDING IN THE WORLD

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The Empire State Building is much more than a skyscraper. It is not the highest since 1972, when it was surpassed by the now missing Twin Towers. Whether it is the most beautiful, everyone has an opinion. But for some reason it is indeed the most famous. Perhaps because it was the highest for 41 years, a real achievement right in the middle of the 20th century, when competition for making a higher building than the previous one was only comparable to nowadays, and because it is in New York, probably the most famous city in the world. For whatever reason, most of us, if we think about the definition of skyscrapers, this one comes to mind.

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Empire State Building from 34th Street

THE BUILDING

It was built in Arc Deco style, on fashion in the 30s, like many others in New York and Chicago. Details that prove that are:

  • The structure is some way pyramidal: the base is wider than the body of the tower, and this is thicker than the top.
  • Outer vertical rows, alternating windows with gray areas without interruption. They evoke more verticality.
  • The interior is also Arc Deco style, with elaborate ornamentation, alternating black and yellow marble, with golden ornaments.
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Arc Deco lobby

Hard to believe that such a mass was built in just one year. It is easy to see from almost anywhere in the city; besides serving as a reference to guide us, offers us many opportunities to photograph it.

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Empire State Building seen through the arch of Washington Park
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View from Bryant Park
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From the toilet of the Rooftop Bar in Hotel Standard

There are many opinions about whether to visit the inside or just the outside is enough. So much that many Newyorkers admit never having been up. In my opinion, absolutely worth a visit if you have time. If you have very few days or a very tight budget, I consider it is preferable to go up its rival the Top of the Rock, whose views I think are better, precisely because you can see the Empire State.

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View from the Top of The Rock at sunset

Every night the top of the building is illuminated. Generally the light is white, but in certain festivals or events, the color of the light changes.

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Illuminated in red, white and blue, the colors of the American flag

INFORMATION OF INTEREST

WHEN TO GO

It is open every day of the year, no matter the rain, snow or shine, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (last elevator at 1:15 am). Of course we recommend a clear day. Ideally, go up late in the afternoon and wait there until dark. First time I went up by night and second during the day. On the top is colder than on the street, to consider especially if like me, you climb at 11 pm in February.

HOW TO GET THERE

350 5th Avenue, between 33rd and 34th streets. It occupies the entire length of the block and half its width. In the northwest corner of it, is the nearest metro station, 34 Street -Herald Square (orange lines (B, D, F, M) and yellow (N, Q, R)). From the east, the nearest station is 33 Street (green line 6).

TICKETS

You can buy them:

  • Queuing. Not recommended.
  • Online in the official website. They charge $ 2 extra.
  • Most recommended: buy it directly to authorized staff found on the sidewalk surrounding the building. In the vicinity there are also vendors from other agencies, but the tickets have the same validity, you can even get discounts if purchased in combination with another attraction.

Prices:

Price ($)

Main deck (86th floor)

Top and Main deck (86th and 102nd floors)

Adult

32

52

Senior

29

49

Child (6 to 12 years)

26

46

  • Free:
    • With the NYC Pass, both the upper platform and the top.
    • Children under 6 years.
  • Sunrise: if you want to see the sunrise from the top it will cost you 100 $ (only 100 visitors per day).
  • Vip Express Pass: lets go through a Vip queue, both the security and the access to the lifts. It costs the same for all users: $ 60 to the 86th floor and $ 80 to the 102nd floor.
  • The Premium Experience: Vip Express Pass + 90 minutes guided tour. 175 $.

THE LINES

Thanks to online ticket sales and through authorized dealers, queues have shortened a lot. The first time I went it was 11 pm on a Thursday night in February; there was absolutely no one. The second time, mid-afternoon in early October, it took at least half hour to get to the top. If you intend to go at midday or 8 pm in July without buying tickets in advance, probably you’ll have to wait for two hours, because you have to queue 3 times:

  • The line to buy tickets. It is absurd when you can buy them online or to an authorized dealer.
  • The line to get to security.
  • The queue for access to the elevators.

VIP passes have a safety arch and own elevator. Those who go with the NYC Pass only be freed from the queue to buy the tickets.

FROM THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING MAIN DECK, 86th FLOOR

Once inside, there are photographs showing the construction process and some other interesting details about the tower. But what will occupy most of our time and attention is to enjoy the views.

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You have finally reached 86th floor. The fence has this shape to prevent suicides
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With the Downtown on the background
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Night view of Midtown with Madison Square in the central area of the picture
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Detail of Midtown: the Flatiron building between Broadway and 5th Avenue, and Madison Square on the left
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East River and beyond Queens on the southeast
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East view. Almost in the center of the image is the Chrysler Building
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To the north, first Bryant Park; immediately left the skyscrapers surrounding Times Square and Central Park on the background
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Traffic view from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building using zoom, where you can check the famous yellow taxis, which make up almost 50% of traffic in Manhattan
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And when you’re done, the usual will be waiting for you

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