Empire State Building

Why Now is the Time to Visit the Empire State Building

January 4, 2022

If you didn’t get a photo from the top of the Empire State Building, did you really visit New York City?

There’s no shortage of reasons why a trip to the “World’s Most Famous Building” is at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists. But in case you need to be convinced any further, we’ve spelled out the top five for why you should drop everything and visit the Empire State Building (ESB) now.

It is a historical and cultural icon.

For the past 90 years, the Empire State Building has been celebrated as an international symbol of hope, determination, and endless possibilities. The Art Deco masterpiece – with more than four million visitors per year – is a quintessential, authentic New York City experience. Immortalized in films like King Kong, Sleepless in Seattle, and Elf, the Empire State Building is quite literally a cultural giant. The building’s recognizable silhouette is a prominent feature of the New York City skyline. It’s no wonder ESB was recently named “2021 Best Landmark in the U.S.” by Tiqets.

It is a leader in sustainability and indoor environmental quality.

Some of the Empire State Building’s recent improvements aren’t so obvious. The Empire State Building underwent an industry-leading deep energy retrofit that reduced energy use and carbon emissions in the building by more than 40 percent and 54 percent respectively, and they’re not stopping there. The famous building is on target to achieve its aggressive goals of carbon neutrality by 2030, and an 85 percent reduction in energy use by 2035. Fully powered by renewable wind electricity for more than a decade, the building is ENERGY STAR certified and was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2021.

As part of its Observatory renovations, the Empire State Building implemented premier indoor environmental quality measures for guest safety and confidence. Guests can breathe easy with MERV 13 filters, active bi-polar ionization, and increased ventilation.

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