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In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Overseas Press Club
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About ESB

Soaring more than a quarter of a mile above the heart of Manhattan, the Empire State Building 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.

Our 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, our 102nd floor Observatory is a private and serene perch in the middle of the greatest city in the world.

Our 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 our 86th and 102nd floors, consistently one of New York City's top tourist attractions. Visit our Observatories 365 days per year, day and night, rain or shine, for magnificent views of Manhattan and beyond. We are open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. The last elevators go up at 1:15 a.m.

The Empire State Building embodies the feeling and spirit of New York City. It is recognized not only as an iconic landmark offering some of the most spectacular views on earth, but also as an international symbol of shared hopes, dreams, and accomplishment.

Vital Statistics

  • 1,050 feet to the 86th floor Observatory
  • 1,250 feet to the 102nd floor Observatory
  • 1,453 feet, 8 9/16 inches to the tip of the broadcast tower
  • Broadcast tower adds 203 feet 8 9/16 inches
  • 103 floors
  • 1,872 steps to the 103rd floor
  • Sits on 79,288 square feet, approximately 2 acres
  • Weighs 365,000 tons
  • Volume is 37 million cubic feet
  • 200,000 cubic feet of Indiana limestone & granite exterior cladding
  • An estimated ten million bricks were used in construction
  • 730 tons of aluminum and stainless steel were used in construction
  • 57,000 tons of steel were used in construction
  • Contains 473 miles of electrical wiring and 70 miles of pipe
  • 6,514 windows
  • 210 columns at the base support the entire weight of the building
  • Construction was completed in one year and 45 days
  • Seven million man-hours went into constructing the Empire State Building
  • Final cost of property and construction was $41 million
  • 73 elevators
  • Five entrances
  • 2.85 million rentable square feet

ESB After Dark

Join us every Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for city views and a live saxophonist on the 86th Floor Observatory.

Visitor Tips

Whether you are going to the top for the first time or if you've made the trip before, we want to make your visit as easy as possible.
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Gift Shop

Empire: The Store features upscale gifts, ESB-branded apparel, crystal glassware, toys and more.
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