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Happy 94th Birthday to the Empire State Building

April 03 2023

When you think of New York skyscrapers, the Empire State Building is usually the first that comes to mind – and this year, the famous building will turn 94.

The Empire State Building has been a well-loved part of the iconic New York City skyline for almost 100 years, receiving over four million visitors year after year.

Standing at 1,454 feet tall, the construction of the famous building took place between 1930 and 1931 and covers 102 stories. The architectural masterpiece was named after New York’s nickname, the Empire State, and the building was the world’s tallest for 40 years.  

No trip to New York is complete without a visit to this iconic landmark – and there is no better time than on May 1st, when the Empire State Building celebrates its 94th birthday.

If you are planning a visit to the Empire State Building on your next trip to New York, there are a few things you should know to make the most of your experience.

Empire State Building from above

Booking Tickets:

As one of the world’s most famous buildings, tickets to the viewing platform can sell out very quickly. To avoid disappointment, it’s best to book your tickets well in advance – especially for special occasions like the upcoming birthday or other important dates.

Tickets can be purchased at the door; however, the lines can get long, and wait times can be insufferable – especially as the weather starts to warm up – so booking online is strongly recommended.

When to Visit:

The best time to visit the Empire State Building depends on the view you want of the city. The time of day can make a huge difference to the view that waits for you on the observation platform. Mornings often offer the clearest view of the city, while the entire skyline is transformed at night when the city is lit up. That said, for most visitors, sunset is the best time for incredible NYC views.

Empire State Building lit up purple with the sunset or sunrise in the background

Choosing an Observation Deck:

Before you book tickets, you will need to decide which observation deck you want to visit. The Empire State Building has two observation decks, one on the 86th floor and another on the 102nd floor. Both offer stunning views, but the 102nd-floor deck requires a separate ticket and offers a higher vantage point for an even more dramatic view of the city.

What to Do:

The biggest and most popular advantage of the observation decks is the photo opportunities. The outdoor deck on the 86th floor and indoor deck on the 102nd floor are the best places to take photos – but there is plenty more to see!  

The glass elevator that gets you to the viewing platforms is one of the most popular parts of the building. Additionally, ticket holders can explore the rotating exhibits located on the 2nd and 80th floors.

Whether it’s your first time in New York or you’re a seasoned visitor, the Empire State Building is a must-see when you’re in the Big Apple – and the Hotel Beacon is located just a 20-minute stroll away.