Empire State Building
16 miles to JFK International Airport
The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper with a 1,250 feet high roof and is located at 5th Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan. From the 86th and 102nd floor observatories, you’ll see spectacular 360° views of the city and beyond. For almost forty years until the initial World Trade Center’s North Tower was constructed, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in New York. But after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the Building was once again the tallest building in New York, until the new One World Trade Center was completed in 2012. Presently, it is the 5th-tallest skyscraper in the nation and the 5th-tallest structure in the country.
With its funky Art Deco design style, the Empire State Building is a designated landmark of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Additionally, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
A day spent at the Empire State Building is always unique and fascinating. Visit the newly restored lobby, with its stunning art deco ceiling murals, the historical Dare To Dream Exhibit, the Sustainability Exhibit and, of course, the Observation Decks.
The Building is the highest open-air observatory in New York. Spend some time in the open-air Observation Deck and you’ll feel like you’re above it all. The Observation Deck circles around the building, thus giving way to stunning 360-degree views of New York and beyond. From this vantage point, you’ll have some very unique vistas of Central Park, like The Hudson River and East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, and more. Since 1976, the Building’s tower lights have kept a tradition of changing color to celebrate various events. In 2012, however, a new computer driven LED light system was installed in the Building that is capable of displaying 16 million colors, which can change instantly.
You are advised to visit early in the morning, in the mid-afternoon or after 11pm when there are the least crowds.. The Empire State Building closes at 2 AM every day.
Empire State Building is 2.5 miles to Bentley Hotel New York.