Empire State Building in New York
I was invited to a special sunrise event this morning at the Empire State Building. The event was hosted by BH Photo and Nikon USA. Waking up extra early to arrive at 6:00 AM was worth it for this view of New York City’s skyline!
By 6:30 AM, every digital creator and photographer had their camera set-up, and was ready to capture this morning’s sunrise! Nikon brought their cameras with lenses for us to use… what a dream! I’ve been a Nikon fan all my life!
Here are my photos from today’s sunrise event at one of the tallest buildings in New York City!
Empire State Building – Facts
- Construction of the Empire State Building began on March 17, 1930.
- In a record-breaking 1 year and 45 days, construction on the building was completed in 1931.
- In 1932 tourists paid 10 cents to peer through a telescope in New York City.
- “King Kong” debuted in New York City on March 2nd, 1933 putting the Empire State Building front-and-center for one of cinema’s most famous films.
- In 1955 the American Society of Civil Engineers selected the Empire State Building as one of the seven greatest engineering achievements in America’s history.
- The Empire State Building Observatory received its 50 millionth visitor in 1976.
- On May 18, 1981, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission declared the Empire State Building a landmark.
- The Empire State Building unveiled a new LED lighting system capable of 16,000,000 different colors in 2012.
- The building’s transformation in 2019 included a 102nd-floor observatory, offering breathtaking views of the city.
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Empire State Building Tickets and Observation Deck
The observation deck is on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.
Adult tickets to visit the Empire State Building start at $44 dollars for the observation deck, children tickets start at $38 dollars, and senior tickets at $42 dollars.
Where is the Empire State Building located?
The Empire State Building is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and 34th Street. It is easy to arrive there because one avenue away, on 6th Avenue and 34th Street, there is a big subway station (right across from Macy’s department store). Trains E, B, D, M, F, and N, Q, R, and W stop at that station, so any of those lines can take you to the Empire State Building!
What to do around the Empire State Building?
Bryant Park is a great option! You can walk north to 40th Street, and enjoy a stroll around the park. Or I highly recommend that you visit the New York Public Library, a beautiful building that is worth exploring inside, and one of the best free things to do in New York City.
After visiting Bryant Park, you can make your way to Grand Central Station on Park Avenue and 42nd Street. Inside this stunning train station, you will find Magnolia Bakery where you can enjoy a serving of their famous banana pudding for me!
If you have comfortable shoes on, walk to Rockefeller Center located on 49th Street, Radio City Music Hall, or St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 50th Street!
You can also do a little bit of shopping at Macy’s department store, Sephora, H&M, or Zara, located within walking distance.
When you are done visiting the Empire State Building you can grab coffee or tea at the Starbucks Reserve on the ground floor of the Empire State Building.
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