"Going up the Empire State Building" Empire State Building Tip by Jefie

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Built at the beginning of the 1930s, the Empire State Building was, at the time of its completion, the tallest building in the entire world. Even if it doesn't hold that title anymore, it remains one of the most easily recognized skyscrappers in the world and the tallest one in New York City (102 floors, 381 m tall), since the destruction of the Twin Towers.

The elevator ride to the observation deck located on the 86th floor takes less than a minute and costs $19 for adults, so it's not exactly cheap, but I thought it was worth it. From the deck you get a 360 view of New York City, and you can stay as long as you want. Of course there are fences all around the deck, but there's enough space to stick your camera in between and because you're standing outside, it's possible to take some really good pictures.

Be prepared: unless you get an express pass ($45), chances are you're gonna have to stand in line for quite a bit of time, especially if you happen to be there during summer or on a long weekend. Even if you buy your tickets online, you're still going to have to wait to make it through security. The observatory deck is open every day, from 8:00 am to 2:00 am.

Address: 350 5th Avenue
Directions: Between 34th and 33rd St.
Phone: 212-947-1360
Website: http://www.esbnyc.com/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 9, 2007
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