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The New 102nd Observatory of The Empire State Building

102 nd observatory
The Empire State Building Revision

The Empire State Building – New York

The Empire State Building has been going through a $165 million renovation for a little more than four year. Now, in its third phase of this top-to-bottom reimagining of this icon building, the 102nd floor Observatory is open to the public. One of the features of this new observatory is the floor-to-ceiling glass windows where guests can step right to the edge of this world-renowned building.

As you travel 16 stories up from the original 86th floor observatory, you experience an all glass elevator. During this ride, you can look at the inside of the tower’s mast and perhaps glimpse at the buildings famous lights. As you step off the elevator, you get sneak peek of the breathtaking views that await you.

The 102nd Observatory

This new observatory is worth the added ticket cost and can be viewed year-around. The 102nd floor is made up of 24 floor eight-foot tall windows, and climate controlled. This  allows for a 360-degree views of the city and beyond from the heart of New York City.


“The 102nd floor Observatory is the crown jewel of the Empire State Building. We’ve removed all the obstructions and obstacles, giving Guests access to a view that is centrally-located and unrivaled in New York City,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust.

Interested in exploring the redesigned Empire State Building, you can obtain tickets online at or on site.

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