Floor-to-Ceiling Windows and a Glass Elevator Showcase New York City from 1250 feet.
The Empire State Building (ESB) has announced the third phase of its top-to-bottom reimagined Observatory Experience, the newly renovated 102nd-floor Observatory, 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 breathtaking views before stepping out onto the Observatory. Made up of 24 crystal-clear, eight-foot-tall windows, the 102nd floor 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 on 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, was conducted by a best-in-class team of experts including:
- Beneville Studios
- Kubik Maltbie
- Syska Hennessy
- The Lighting Practice
- Thornton Tomassetti
Phase three follows the successful openings of the Observatory entrance at 20 West 34th Street and the immersive second-floor galleries. Tickets to the 86th-floor Observatory start at $38 and tickets to the 102nd-floor Observatory can be purchased for an additional $20 either online at www.empirestatebuilding.com or on-site at kiosks located on the second and 86th floor.
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