The majestic Empire State Building was completed in 1931, becoming the world's tallest building at the time. While no ... More
Empire State Building
The majestic Empire State Building was completed in 1931, becoming the world's tallest building at the time. While no longer the tallest, it remains as impressive as ever. At night the building is lit up, often with special colors marking important dates and holidays. Entry tickets can be purchased online through the Empire State Building's website or in the building's lobby. The main highlights here are the two observatories perched on the 86th and 102nd floors, where a bird's eye view of this magnificent city is a sight to behold. The observatory is open 365 days a year and tickets for the observatory can again be purchased online in order to avoid the lines. The observation decks are regularly open until 2a, so visitors can experience incredible nighttime views of the city that never sleeps.
We went after dark and the view was gorgeous. I got all kinds of great pictures.
My suggestion would be to pay the extra for the express passes. We were to the top in less than 10 minutes, while the lady running the elevator said that the regular lines were taking about 2 hours. Totally worth the extra $20.
Last June i was in NY and visited the Empire State Building. In our hotel we bought tickets for the 86th (outside deck) and the 102nd floor (small inside deck). On the 86th floor you have a perfect view of all the buildings in NY. It's outside and you can feel the wind when you are watching, that makes it more intense. I would recommend it everyone!
Nevertheless the 102nd floor was a bit disappointing. The view was not much better than you expect. This because of the dirty windows. Also there were many scratches on the windows. I looked to the Chrysler building and when i was looking i was reading: "Greetz from Canada" or "John was here..". No, i don't recommend the 102nd floor. Keep your money and spent more time on the 86th floor!
Our students and parents on this tour were so upset with the rudeness of the ESB staff that we turned around and left after an hour of being hassled about getting our pre-ordered tickets. We were disappointed but felt that the behavior of the staff was not acceptable and did not want to reward it by accepting the tickets.
I went with my dauters 5ys & 9ys old. They didn't enjoy the view because they are too tired to get there. More than 1 hour to get there was worst for small children. I'll go to TOP OF THE ROCK next time.
This attraction had a long waiting line, but I had the NY Pass and got to skip the ticket lines. It was worth the wait though because the view was breathtaking. Even though it was freezing when I went, it was definetly worth it.
I really like the Empire State Building. You can see everything. I got to see it before 9/11 :( it makes me think of the picture I have taking of the twin towers. It is not for people who are really scared or Sucidle.
It is beautiful when you go in like the picture gold and then you up to 186 on the elevator. If you are in a hurry to go down go down the stairs but I wish I didn't do it, it was so scary I would have waited for the elevator. If it is your first time go to the Empire state building and you will see what I mean.
Crazy Cold there up top in winter. Plus I was shocked to feel the building move. But the most pleasure I got was seeing the city at night. Plus the twin tower's Which are sadly gone. But. Any and Everyone should go see this great Building. Museum. And of course the...... movie Sleepless in Seattle. I saw the huge Empire Statue and the wall sign. Great Visit. Great Great Great
Ok! It's a popular attraction in New York. But don't know why. I am from Toronto. My opinion is CN Tower has better view and better people than Empire State Building. The only reson I wanted to go ESB was because of the History of the building.
There are long lines. Not once, not twice but 4 times you have to go through long lines. First security , then ticket, then for first elevator, then for second elevator at 80th which they could avaoid. I think the reason they stop you at floor 80 and go through long line is because they want to make money by promoting the extra stuff like SKYRide and the so called sovenier PHOTO. This shows even in the way they have designed the observatory level. You come into a gift shop right out of the elevator. No room to enjoy the view. My opinion is they should have this gift shop somewhere when you get down the elevator in the ground floor.
The important thing that pissed me off is they dont have any courtesy at all. I didnt see any seats any where where they have the line up. Everyone is forced to stand including elderly and children. We waited for 1 hour 30 mins totally in line up. My 5 year old duaghter got tired and she sat on floor. A staff member came and asked her to get up because you are not allowed to sit on the floor. I told him she is tired. And he replies back saying that he is tired too and he is standing.
What kind of customer service is it when a employee who gets paid for his work is comparing himself with a small kid who pays him to visit the site? I got so pissed off. Also the poeple who take picture doesnt seem to take the picure for sovenier. They are like government photographers. THey dont even wait for you come and stand there. They just go click go. Overall I found the customer is very poor and people are not courteous. That gave me a impression , May be New York people are like that. After going through all this, what big view? When you have already been to other tall towers, Not much of the excitement.
I didnt like the total experience. I wish ESB management change their attitude in future and make tourist experience better. Also they should have some kind of customer feedback form some where.
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