Get Swept Up in Silver Screen Romance on the Empire State Building's Observation Deck
Since the Empire State Building Observation Deck was opened in 1931, approximately 110 million people have peered out over picturesque views of New York City. Many visitors are attracted to the iconic building for love and romance, as the Empire State Building's Observation Deck carries romantic significance in many films. Cary Grant waited there for Deborah Kerr in an Affair to Remember, and Tom Hanks met Meg Ryan there in Sleepless in Seattle. Of course, it is also where King Kong famously held Fay Wray in his clutches while swiping at airplanes high above the city. And recently in popular fiction, Percy Jackson took the Empire State Building’s elevator to the 600th floor and the halls of Olympus in Rick Riordan’s fictional series. The best time to
At a cost of nearly $41 million, the Empire State Building surprisingly took only 410 days to complete. Even more surprising is that it only takes about a minute to go from ground level to the observation deck on the 86th floor, although the queue to do so is another matter all together! The Empire State Building is also an office complex with approximately 1,000 businesses inside, and actually has its own zip code: 10118. With an estimated 21,000 employees, it is the second largest office complex in America behind the Pentagon.
In 1986, the Empire State Building was designated a National Historic Landmark. In 1972, after more than 40 years as the top ranking tallest building in the world, the Empire State Building was surpassed when the World Trade Center’s north tower opened. Today, the Empire State Building is tallest building in New York, and the fifteenth tallest in the world.
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Seasonally speaking, winter can be cold in New York City, so make sure to dress appropriately when going to the top. The 86th floor has an indoor observation deck, but it is not nearly as impressive as being outside.
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Fold out maps and audio guides are also available for purchase or rental before going up to the observation deck. These extra items certainly can be excellent and helpful additions, sometimes also doubling as souvenirs, but generally most of the top spots can be located with little or no help at all.
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