Empire State Building’s New 102nd Floor Observatory


The Empire State Building opened the third phase of its top-to-bottom reimagined observatory experience to the public on October 12. The newly renovated 102nd floor observatory features floor-to-ceiling glass windows where guests can step right to the edge of the world’s most famous building.


Construction of the 102nd floor began in January 2019 within a state-of-the-art suspended “cocoon” — a circular scaffolding structure — the highest of its kind in New York. The cocoon allowed work to take place with no impact to guests visiting the world-famous 86th floor Observatory.


Made up of 24 crystal-clear, eight-foot-tall windows, the 102nd floor is an enclosed, climate-controlled, all-weather Observation Deck allowing 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. “The Observatory Entrance and the second-floor galleries have been embraced by our visitors, and the 102nd floor’s reopening is a major moment in our progress to complete the new Empire State Building Observatory Experience.”


Tickets to the 86th floor Observatory start at $38 and tickets to the new 102nd floor Observatory can be purchased for an additional $20 either online or on-site at kiosks located on the second and 86th Floor.



sources: empirestaterealtytrust, esbnyc