It’s a great opportunity to be tourists in our hometown, since there are few visitors from out-of-town or from overseas these days. Hopefully that will change soon. In the meantime –
For the first few weeks, hours of operation are reduced, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Initial capacity will be reduced by more than 80 percent to just 500 guests in the Observatories’ 70,000-square-foot space at a time, and well below the 25 percent capacity guideline set forth in NYC Phase 4. This policy will allow for the separation of groups by more than 18 feet.
Guest protocols will include a contactless temperature check (guests must have a temperature of less than 100.4 degrees) and a requirement to wear a facial covering throughout their visit.
Certain interactive exhibits running on automatic and binocular viewers, which require close eye contact by visitors, will be closed.
Empire State Building Role in Coronavirus Crisis
Tge Empire State Building has connected with New Yorkers and with the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Empire State Building has been a beacon of hope and inspiration through its “Pandemic Siren” and “Heartbeat of New York” lightings, the international #HeroesShineBright campaign honoring First Responders, and the music-to-light shows with Alicia Keys, The Beatles and Billy Joel.
The July 4th Macy’s Fireworks finale at the Empire State Building earlier this month was the prelude to its reopening and showcased the enduring Icon of New York City.
Re-Designed Empire State Building Observatory
The last phase of the re-designed Observatory opened in December 2019, part of a $165 million renovation which included rebuilding completely the 102nd floor observatory, a new lobby entrance dedicated to Observatory visitors, and a new 10,000 square foot museum that pays homage to the original Art Deco design, along with a nod to King Kong.
Visitors now arrive on the 80th floor staging area, to view exhibits and for elevators to the observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors, and now has six new exhibitions totaling 13,000 square feet.
The 102nd floor observatory now has floor-to-ceiling windows, where you can “step right to the edge of ‘the World’s Most Famous Building,” and a glass elevator to get you there.
On a clear day you can see forever, or as far as 80 miles or more.
New Cleaning Protocals
All Observatory hosts, cleaning and security personnel are being trained in additional customer service, use of PPE, new cleaning procedures, tracing and back-of-house protocols.
Air quality related components at the Observatory include MERV 13 air filters, AtmosAir air purification, and constant ventilation through the introduction of fresh air to, and the exhaust interior air from, the Observatories.
These are the standards in all of Empire State Realty’s new office installations, according to an ESB press release.
“We will reopen the universally-recognized symbol of New York City to the world, our brand new $165 million Observatory experience, and so state that New York is resilient and that our future holds promise,” said Anthony Malkin, chairman, president and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust.
“Our decade’s long commitment to indoor environmental quality is accompanied by new protocols and employee training, which comply with government requirements.”
Get discounts on tours and attractions – including skip the line privileges
Full price tickets for the Empire State Building Observatory can be purchased at www.esbnyc.com.
- Prices for 86th Floor – $42 (adult), $36 (child), $40 (senior)
- Prices for 86th and 102nd floors -$72 (adult), $66 (child), $70 (senior)