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There’s never been a better time to share the historic Empire State Building (ESB) with your family. Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, the ESB is New York City’s most recognizable and celebrated attraction. Thanks to a new top-to-bottom redesign, this should be on the top of your list for “must-see” experiences in NYC. Here's why you should make visiting the newly renovated Empire State Building in NYC on the top of your list.

Visiting the Newly Renovated Empire State Building NYC

Visiting the Newly Renovated Empire State Building NYC

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building is New York City’s most recognizable and celebrated attraction. I remember my first visit. I must have been 10 or 11 and I thought I could see the entire world from the 86th floor.

I'm not alone, each year, 4MM+ visitors from all over the world marvel at the spectacular views from its 86th Floor. Now, thanks to a new top-to-bottom redesign of the landmark’s Observatory, new generations are making memories. 

I am excited about the stunning new architecture in NYC like the Vessel at Hudson Yards and the Oculus building, but there's nothing like the grandeur of this timeless classic.

Visiting Empire State Building NYC

2nd Floor of the Empire State Building NYC

The experience starts on the 2nd floor of the ESB. Remember when waiting for an elevator used to be boring? Get ready to be dazzled, with this iconic NYC experience when you enter the brand-new Observatory entrance at 20 West 34th Street. They’ve turned the second floor into a 10,000 sq. ft gallery that brings guests on a journey from the building’s construction to its current place in pop culture.

ESB invested in bringing history alive through technology and gorgeous curation. From entrance to exit, guests will be surprised and delighted. Named the most Instagrammed U.S. landmark in a study conducted by Sony Mobile, the new galleries feature immersive and interactive exhibits that are prefect for families. 

I loved seeing the workers simulate what it was like to build up on top of the world. The iconic photos were stunning and the hand's on learning stations make the line to the top fly by. It's all designed to keep guests captivated as they make their way to the one-of-a-kind views from the 86th Floor Observatory.

Newly Renovated Empire State Building NYC

The new 2nd floor experience will take you back in time to the New York City streets of the late 1920s. Through video and interactive displays your family will  get swept up in the excitement of “Opening Day”

Don’t miss the instagrammable shot of King Kong and I also loved seeing all the celebrities that have made a visit to the ESB part of the NYC red carpet experience. 

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Visiting the Newly Renovated Empire State Building NYC

86th Floor of the Empire State Building NYC

Once you leave the gallery, you'll get swept up (literally) in the romance and history of The Empire State Building as you step outside onto the open-air deck on the 86th floor. It's The Highest Open-Air Observatory in New York and a plae to experience awe.

As the most famous observatory in the world, the 86th Floor has been the setting of dozens of movie and television scenes (hello, Sleepless in Seattle), as well as tens of millions of unforgettable personal moments -- like mine.

The Observation Deck wraps around the building’s spire, providing 360-degree views of New York and beyond. From up here you’ll get one-of-a-kind views of Central Park, The Hudson River and East River, The Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, and much more. The official Observatory Experience app teaches you about your view from every direction. Then take advantage of our high-powered binoculars to get a closer look.

Visiting the Newly Renovated Empire State Building NYC

102nd Floor of the Empire State Building NYC

This month, ESB revealed the newly renovated 102nd floor Observatory with 360-degree views of the city. Perched 1,250 feet above street level, the new Observatory features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, so your family can step right to the edge of the World’s Most Famous Building in the heart of New York City. The redesigned 102nd floor Observatory was Phase Three in a four phase, $165MM renovation project.

I've been up in a lot of tall buildings and can attest that the ESB is breathtaking. Made up of 24 crystal-clear, eight-foot-tall windows, the 102nd floor is an enclosed, climate- controlled, all-weather Observation Deck. Unlike One World Observatory, you'll get better views of Central Park and the northern parts of the city. The new viewing area allows guests to get 360-degree views of the city and beyond from the heart of New York City.

Plan you visit to the Newly Renovated Empire State Building NYC

Tickets to the 102nd floor are $20USD (for a total of $58) and can be purchased on-site and at The Observatory hours are 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. daily with the last elevators ascending at 1:15 a.m.


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