After the destruction of the Twin Towers, it became the third tallest building in New York after the skyscrapers One World Trade Center and 432 Park Avenue.
The 350 5th Avenue skyscraper has 102 floors and stands 1,454 feet (443 m) tall with its antenna spire included.
The building was erected in record time, taking 410 days to complete. Despite the Great Depression, over 3,000 workers were hired for the construction in 1930, building 4 floors and a half per week.
Visiting its Observation Decks
The Empire State Building has two observation decks, the first on the 86th floor, offering 360º degree views of the city and the second on the 102nd floor. Going to the first observation deck costs $32 and going to the second costs an extra $20.
The building attracts nearly 4 million visitors a year, and since it was first built over 100 million people have gone up to its observation decks. For this reason, the queues to access its viewpoints are sometimes never-ending. Not even the inauguration of the One World Trade Center has affected its popularity.
Avoid the Long Queues
The best way to avoid the endless lines is to pre-book your tickets in advance. You can buy them online and download them on your smartphone or print them out. The tickets are valid for any day and time, so there is no risk in buying them in advance.
If you prefer to get them on the spot, we recommend you visit this landmark first thing in the morning, as soon as it opens, since it is when there are less queues. Visiting hours begin at 8am and the last lift up to the observation decks is at 1:15am.
The NY Skyride is a motion simulator tour of Manhattan’s most famous sites. It is located inside the Empire State Building.
Although in the Empire State Building they say it is one of Manhattan's top attractions, we definitely do not recommend the simulator tour. It is overly expensive ($36) and a waste of time, even if you have the New York Pass.
Every day from 8am to 2am. The last lift to the observation decks is at 1:15 am.
Children (ages 6 to 12): $31.
Senior (over 62): $35.
Free entry with the New York Pass.
Skip the Line Empire State Building Ticket $ 37