I was excited to check out the Empire State Building mainly so I could hum ‘Empire State Of Mind’ as I went up in the elevator. Then there was the whole reliving scenes from ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and an ‘Affair to Remember’. Come on, a girl only lives once.
I made an excellent choice of checking out the Empire State Building at 10 p.m. one night after a walking tour. I was told it’s best to see the Empire State Building at night and Top Of the Rock during the day. Crazy? Nope – there were no lines. I breezed in and out. Try it with your CityPASS New York. It’s a dream.
What’s so great about the Empire State Building?
Well it is the World’s Most Famous Office Building. A symbol of dreams and aspirations, the Empire State Building connects with people around the world. A beacon for international and domestic tourists alike, the Empire State Building is a New York City and a National Historic Landmark.
The world-famous 86th and 102nd floor Observatories offer unmatched views of New York City and on a clear day one can see to New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. 1,050 feet above the city’s bustling streets, the 86th floor Observatory offers panoramic views from within a glass-enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open-air promenade. 200 feet higher, the 102nd floor Observatory is a private and serene perch in the middle of the greatest city in the world.
The Observatories have been a “must visit” for millions each year since it opened to the public in 1931. Each year approximately four million people are whisked to the 86th and 102nd floors, consistently one of New York City’s top tourist attractions. Visit the Observatories 365 days per year, day and night, rain or shine, for magnificent views of Manhattan and beyond. The building is open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. The last elevators go up at 1:15 a.m.