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Empire State Building

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in New York City, United States.

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Once again New York’s tallest building, this Art Deco structure rises 1,252 feet (381metre) from the ground, with 102 floors and was built in 16 months. It was made from Indiana limestone and granite with aluminium-plated mullions. The Empire State Building's 6,500 windows are supported aesthetically by sandblasting the spandrels, blending their tone and creating the vertical striping effect.

Not only was this splendid building constructed during the Depression, but it was built so fast that it changed the way skyscrapers were thought about by architects. All four façades are visible from the street, which is rare, and the 700-foot spire was originally intended as a docking bay for zepplins.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

Other expert and press reviews

“Big Apple, Little Budget”

Discounts aren't so frequent for this must-see, but it's still worth every cent of the $12 admission price to visit the 102nd-floor viewing deck. Read more...

Written by press.

“Midtown’s Hidden World”

By JENNIFER 8. LEE for the New York Times First Published June 4 2009 Under the colorful glow of the Empire State Building, Koreatown has burst forth as an area known for late-night (dare we say all-night?) revelry. With its heart on West 32nd Street b… Read more...

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Please do not purchase tickets from this company.

They are scam artists. They are also on the street wearing a uniform (orange golf shirt with the words NY city skyride on the shirt). Even though they carry machines that can be used for credit card/debit payment they will claim it is broken and ask for cash.

They are liars and will rip you off.

They claim that your ticket is a fast track ticket and you will bypass 75% of the line. This is a lie.

They claim the film and ride you experience is educational. This is a lie. They claim the film discusses various landmarks so you will recognize various buildings when you eventually reach the top of the empire state building. This is also a lie. The film is mainly garbage. It will simulate you rushing by the streets on NYC slamming into people on the street, riding a roller coaster and other garbage that is not informative. I had to close my eyes because I felt like I was going to vomit from being jostled around so much and watching the video.

After the ride from hell is over you proceed to a line that is so long you cannot see the end. We were not happy because we were told we had "fast track" tickets. This is a lie. We showed out tickets to security and they said we need "express tickets" to bypass the line and avoid the LONG lines.

Our "15minute fast track ticket" was actually 2.5 hours. That's how long it took to get to the top of the empire state building.

When I left the building I approached another vendor pretending I was a customer who never been in the empire state building and enquired about purchasing a ticket from him. He told me the same lies the other vendor told me. I told him he is lying and the company profits from scamming people on the street.

Do yourself a favor. Do not buy from these scam artists.

I told the scammer I will write complaints about this horrible company run by scam artists.

Empire State at Dusk

My advice is to head up the Empire State just before sunset. First the queues are not as manic, and the light is excellent for taking nice pics. I know it's a cliche to go there but it really has to be done.

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