Empire State Building
2.5 miles to Bentley Hotel
Located on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan, the Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper with a 1,250 feet high roof. The 86th and 102nd floor observatories provide spectacular 360° views of the city and beyond.The building’s name comes from New York’s very own nickname, the Empire State. This was the world’s tallest building for almost forty years until the initial World Trade Center’s North Tower was constructed in 1970. After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, however, the Building was once again the tallest building in New York, until the new One World Trade Center was completed in 2012. Today, the stately Building is the fifth-tallest completed skyscraper in the country and the fifth-tallest structure in the Americas.
Designed in the distinctive Art Deco style, the Empire State Building is a designated landmark of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. It was also designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
A day at the Empire State Building is a fascinating and unique experience. You’ll want to 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 Highest Open-Air Observatory in New York
You’ll feel like you’re above it all when you visit the Empire State Building’s open-air Observation Deck. The Observation Deck goes around the building, thereby giving way to 360-degree views of New York and beyond. From up there you’ll be privy to 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. But in 2012, a new computer driven LED light system was installed that is capable of displaying 16 million colors, which can change instantaneously.
In order to avoid large crowds, you are advised to visit early in the morning, in the mid-afternoon or after 11pm. The Empire State Building closes at 2AM daily.
Empire State Building is 16 miles to JFK International Airport.