Observatory redo completed at Empire State Building

Observatory redo completed at Empire State Building
Photo Credit: Evan Joseph

The Empire State Building Observatory atop the eponymous landmark building has completed the final phase of a four-year, $165 million redevelopment.

The building's 80th floor was given new exhibits including interactive, augmented scenes inside classic binoculars and a film about the Empire State Building's famous light shows that include interviews with Marc Brickman, the lighting artist who created them. 

Also new is "NYC: Above and Beyond," an exhibit created in partnership with NYC & Company that encourages visitors to create a personalized trip itinerary from the top of the 88-year-old building. 

After answering questions about their interests and the length of their stay, they can assemble a personalized list of recommendations for attractions and sites throughout New York City's five boroughs. The itineraries then automatically download to a visitor's phone with the use of a QR code reader or can be sent via e-mail. The exhibit was designed in response to research that showed the Empire State Building is many visitors’ first destination in New York. 

The Empire State Building also announced a new video starring lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, set to a track from his Hamildrops series. It features a music-to-light show designed by Brickman and contains footage of Miranda experiencing the new Empire State Building Observatory experience.


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