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Empire State Realty Trust Announces James D. Robinson IV to Join Board of Directors

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust with office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, today announced that James D. Robinson IV, a Founder and Managing Partner at RRE Ventures, has joined its Board of Directors effective January 1, 2015. Mr. Robinson is replacing Lawrence E. Golub, who has resigned effective year-end due to other commitments.

Mr. Robinson has been active within the technology community as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and banker. He has led investments in, and served on the boards of, more than 40 companies, with a focus on networked technologies, data analysis, and financial services. Mr. Robinson was previously with H&Q Venture Capital in San Francisco and in 1994 co-founded InterVideo Response, a provider of in-stadium touchscreen ordering systems. He started his career with JP Morgan in global risk management and investment banking. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business Administration at Antioch College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

“Jim adds valuable perspective as a member of our Board of Directors, with over 30 years of management and board experience in the industry which drives the bulk of the business and job growth in our market,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Empire State Realty Trust’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President. “We are pleased and excited to welcome him to Empire State Realty Trust. Also importantly, on behalf of the Board, I thank Lawrence for his contributions and service during our first year as a public company.”

Mr. Robinson added, “I am delighted to join Empire State Realty Trust’s Board of Directors and such an accomplished leadership team.”

About Empire State Realty Trust

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world’s most famous office building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.0 million rentable square feet, as of September 30, 2014, consisting of 9.3 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 731,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio. The Company also owns land at the Stamford, Connecticut Transportation Center that supports the development of an approximately 380,000 rentable square foot office building and garage.

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