The Empire State Building Observation Area Rennovated and New Areas Open For Business.
|New 102nd Observation Tower Providing Panoramic Views of Manhattan and New Jersey|
The Empire State Building (ESB) announced the third phase of its top-to-bottom re-imagined Observatory Experience, the newly renovated 102nd floor Observatory. Opening to the public on October 12, 2019,the102ndfloor will feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows where Guests can step right to the edge of the World’s Most Famous Building
Guests experience their first “wow” moment when they enter an all -glass elevator on the 86th floor. As they travel 16 stories through a newly-renovated glass shaft to 102, they will be provided a never-before-seen look at the inside of the tower’s mast and a glimpse of its world-famous tower lights.Once the elevator nears its destination, Guests get a sneak peek at the breath taking views before stepping out onto the Observatory. Made up of 24 crystal-clear, eight-foot-tall windows, the 102ndfloor is an enclosed, climate-controlled,all-weather Observation Deck allowing 360-degree views of the city and beyond from the heart of New York City.“The 102nd floor Observatory is the crown jewel of the Empire State Building. We’ve removed all the obstructions and obstacles, giving Guests access to a view that is centrally-located and unrivaled in New York City,”said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust. “The Observatory Entrance and the second-floor galleries have been embraced by our visitors,and the 102nd floor’s reopening is a major moment in our progress to complete the new Empire State Building Observatory Experience.”Construction of the 102nd floor began in January 2019 within a state-of-the-art suspended“cocoon”—a circular scaffolding structure—the highest of its kind in New York.The cocoon allowed work to take place with no impact to guests visiting the world-famous 86th floor Observatory. The design and structural work, which highlights not only the external views,but also the historical elegance of the original features.
Phase three follows the successful openings of the Observatory entrance at 20 West 34thStreet and the immersive second-floor galleries. Tickets to the 86thfloor Observatory start at $38 and tickets to the 102ndfloor Observatory can be purchased for an additional $20 either online at www.empirestatebuilding.comor on-site atkiosks located on the second and 86thfloo
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