Empire State Constructing King Kong prepared
The Empire State Building (ESB), the world’s most famous building, announced today that it has lifted COVID-19 protocols for guests of its Observatory Experience in accordance with new state and city guidelines.
- The Empire State Building completed its $ 165 million renovation that added a dedicated entrance and lobby for visitors to the observatory on 34th Street.
- The mask requirement is now voluntary for visitors to the ESB.
- Many interactive exhibits and elements – including the iconic 86th Floor Observatory finders – have been fully reopened.
“The Empire State Building is ready to welcome guests to explore its redesigned Observatory Experience in its entirety,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, President of the Empire State Building Observatory. “Our touch installations, which were just completed in November 2019, are now fully operational again for the first time since our closure in March 2020. To fully enjoy the international icon of New York City, you have to visit the observatory and we can’t wait to welcome you. ”
In November 2019, the Empire State Building completed its $ 165 million renovation that added a dedicated entrance and lobby for visitors to the observatory on 34th Street. a dozen museum-quality immersive, tactile, and digital exhibits that document the building’s history from its construction to its current status as a pop culture icon; and industry-leading Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) improvements, including bipolar ionization, MERV 13 filters, and improved ventilation, which resulted in ESB becoming the first building in the US to receive the WELL Health-Safety Rating
Popular exhibits throughout the experience include Kong, which confronts visitors with the famous primate from the original 1933 film; “Construction,” where guests are seated amid lifelike bronze sculptures and videos of ironworkers and masons as they build the iconic tower; “The Site in the 1920’s,” which allows guests to peer through building surveyors to see the streets of New York City in the late 1920s; “Scenes of NYC,” where visitors can see nine famous New York locations through the building’s classic viewfinder from the 80th floor; and “The World’s Most Famous Building,” which portrays the Empire State Building as a cultural icon in a sprawling 72-screen, 180-degree surround sound theater. Even the world-famous viewfinders on the outdoor viewing platform on the 86th floor have been exposed for use.
To maximize the experience, the number of visitors to the observatory is limited at any one time. Reservations are recommended for visitors and can be made online in advance. For more information on the Empire State Building Observatory Experience and its new offerings, please visit esbnyc.com.