Empire State Realty Trust Redefines 34th Street Retail Landscape by Reimagining World-Famous Observatory Entrance

NEW YORK CITY, September 19, 2017 – Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE: ESRT) will relocate the Empire State Building’s Observatory entrance from 5th Avenue to 34th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue, a move which will enhance the Observatory visitors’ experience, improve foot traffic for the building’s 34th Street retail storefronts and improve the commercial office tenant experience.

“The Observatory visitor will have an entirely new experience, and this is the first step,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, Senior Vice President and Observatory Director. “We look forward to this new development which is staged so as not to interrupt Observatory operations at all.”

“With the relocation of the Observatory entrance, our 34th Street shops will see more than 4 million annual shoppers, comprised of international and domestic tourists, passing by their front doors, in addition to the nearly 100 million pedestrians that already walk along the 34th Street corridor between 5th and 7th Avenues annually. We recently began marketing one of the most exciting retail offerings in Manhattan, with a combination of the Empire State Building’s iconic brand recognition, vast exposure to a massive worldwide audience, phenomenal pedestrian counts, access to over 10,000 office tenant employees and the incredible retail density of 34th Street,” said Thomas P. Durels, Executive Vice President and Director of Leasing and Operations for ESRT. “Available for the first time in over two decades, the space itself is also unique: up to 26,438 sq. ft. of contiguous multi-level retail space with 13’7” ceiling heights and over 148 feet of 34th Street frontage directly opposite Amazon’s new retail store.”

Additionally, the Empire State Building’s office tenants and their visitors will enjoy improved access to the building’s Fifth Avenue lobby as the Observatory entrance relocation will reduce our main lobby foot traffic by more than 4MM visitors annually.

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 building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of June 30, 2017, consisting of 9.4 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 700,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio.

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Empire State Building Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival with Exclusive VIP Event for Chinese Visitors

NEW YORK (September 14, 2017) – The Empire State Building Observatory today announced that it will host an exclusive event on October 4, 2017, in honor of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. This upscale experience includes a luxurious evening of private shopping and dining, steeped in Chinese customs. The Empire State Building will also be lighting its world-famous tower lights in a dynamic display of gold and red, designed by world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman, to celebrate the holiday.

Guests will begin the night with a private shopping event at luxury watch retailer Tourneau’s Fifth Avenue store with champagne provided by Moet Hennessy. A Mercedes Sprinter shuttle, arranged by top USA-based trip operator L&L, will transport guests to the Empire State Building where they will ascend eighty floors via a designated private elevator to a private dining event. There they will be serenaded by Chinese music ensemble Melody of Dragon while they enjoy dim sum, followed by a grand buffet provided by STATE Grill and Bar including the hallmark of the festival, traditional mooncakes.

Guests will cap off their evening with a visit to the world-famous 86th Floor Observatory where they will enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree open-air views of New York City and the moon when, according to custom, it is at its roundest and brightest. Guests also have the chance to win high-end prizes from sponsors Tourneau and Xianmen Air and will receive a gift bag filled with memorabilia to remind them of their magical evening.

“We’re excited to honor the festival’s tradition of people gathering under the moon as there is no better place to be with family and friends than our Observatory,” says Jean-Yves Ghazi, Senior Vice President of the Empire State Building Observatory. “Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival is a joy for the Empire State Building, as we continue to embrace time-honored traditions much loved by our numerous Chinese visitors.”

Tickets start at $499 and can be purchased at http://tour.57us.com/play/67840.html, or http://www.mafengwo.cn/sales/2093176.html until September 28, 2017. The Empire State Building will also be offering a chance for two lucky winners to win tickets to this extravagant event on our Weibo and WeChat pages. For more information on the contest, please visit Sina Weibo or esbochina on WeChat (ID: esbochina).

About the Empire State Building
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the “World’s Most Famous Building.” With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper’s robust broadcasting technology supports major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world’s most beloved attractions as the region’s #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, @EmpireStateBldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, www.youtube.com/esbnyc or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg/.

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 building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of June 30, 2017, consisting of 9.4 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 700,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio.