The Empire State Building is one of the most famous and storied buildings in the world. It has become an icon of New York City and a symbol of twentieth century man’s attempts to achieve the impossible. It boasts an 86th-floor observatory with absolutely spectacular views of New York City and beyond.
We took in the view from the Empire State Building late at night. There were no queues, we walked right up and through security and had a lot of room to walk around the perimeter of the viewing deck to get fabulous views all around. The only downside was how COLD it was at night at the end of November, but that was to be expected.
The views were great and NYC is beautiful when it is completely lit up at night; the views sure are memorable. We were satisfied just viewing from the 86th floor and didn’t bother to pay extra to go up to the 102nd floor observatory.
Tip: Go early or later at night to avoid the crowds.
Did you know?
- The Empire State Building opened on May 1, 1931and was the tallest building in the world.
- The Empire State Building is 1,250 feet tall.
- In 1976 the 50 millionth visitor came to the Empire State Building.
- In 1976 The Empire State Building began using colored floodlights to illuminate the building at night.
- On the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building there is a door with stairs ascending up. These stairs lead into the 103rd floor. This was originally built as a mooring mast for airships. It is now a hot spot for when celebrities visit and is also an access point to reach the pinnacle for maintenance purposes.
Our visit in photos:
What did you think of the view of New York from the Empire State building?