The 4 million annual visitors to the Empire State Building will now be treated to an even more spectacular view of New York City -- a 360-degree expanse revealing the Hudson and the East rivers, the World Trade Center and Chrysler Building, Central Park and more.
One of the world's most famous skyscrapers has just unveiled its new observatory, and it comes with special features.
About four million people flock to this world-famous viewing platform each year, and now they can go even higher.
The Empire State Building in New York City has just unveiled its new observatory, 16 levels above the original.
The Empire State Building is opening a 102nd-floor observation deck with floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Visitors to New York City’s most iconic skyscraper can soak up panoramic views of Manhattan and beyond from 1,250 feet above street level. The opening is the third of a four stage top-to-bottom reimagining of the Empire State Building. Last year a new observatory entrance debuted at 20 West 34th Street, and in July galleries that highlight the building’s history and role in pop culture opened on the second floor; but the new observatory is all about the view.
“It’s all about making the view as perfect as possible,” said Tom Hennes with Thic Design, the lead designer on the project. “We got rid of any and all obstructions so you have 360-degree views.”
After ascending to the 86th-floor observatory, visitors who splurge for the supertall’s penultimate view are whisked up 16 stories in a glass elevator that gives onlookers a glimpse inside the mooring mast—the interior of the glowing glass tube adorned with Art Deco bird-wing buttresses.