The Empire State Building has announced the completion of the third phase of its top-to-bottom reimagined Observatory Experience and the view is pretty breathtaking.

Located 381m in the air, the entirely new 102nd-floor experience opened to the public on 12th October (EST) and provides guests with an entirely unobstructed view of New York City.


We didn’t really need another epic reason to want to book a trip to NYC, but here we are, counting our $$$ and figuring out if we can book a cheeky trip before Christmas!

Plus, thanks to Qantas, a direct flight to New York, might not even be too far away…


Amazing Views of NYC

Karry On - Empire State Building

Sixteen floors above the renowned 86th Floor Observatory, which sees 4 million visitors annually, the 102nd floor has been under renovations since January 2019.

The reinvented 102nd Floor Observatory will now provide impressive, panoramic views of Manhattan and beyond through floor to ceiling glass panels that will offer an unequaled 360-degree view at any time of the year.

The crown jewel of the top-to-bottom reimagined Observatory Experience, the 102nd Floor, will allow guests to explore never-seen-before spaces through a glass-encased elevator.

Experiencing breathtaking views before they even reach the 102nd Floor, visitors will catch a glimpse of the inner workings of the Mooring Mast as they are transported via a glass elevator shaft from the 86th to the 102nd Floor.

Once guests arrive at the reimagined 102nd Floor, they will have the opportunity to stand right at the edge of the World’s Most Famous Building and see up to 128km (on a clear day) beyond New York City like never before.

“We have responded to our customers’ desires and aspirations for new experiences and created a state-of-the-art and unique viewing platform, and a special multi-media journey in a glass elevator to the new 102nd Floor. We are thrilled finally to reveal this to the world.”

Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust.

The re-imagined Observatory aims to deliver to today’s traveler an authentic experience with a timeless outlook that is Instagram ready.

Its opening re-defines how New York can be viewed and highlights that the Empire State Building has always been a leader in innovation as it reimagines the guest experience and what it means to be an iconic observatory.


Stay up to date

Tickets to the 86th Floor start from $38USD with an additional $20USD per ticket to access the 102nd Floor.

The Empire State Building is open 8am to 2am, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Stay connected on social via #esbreimagined.

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