Empire State Realty Trust Welcomes Uber to Full Floor at 1400 Broadway

NEW YORK CITY, February 12, 2018 – Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE: ESRT) has signed a 34,600 sq. ft. full-floor transaction with Uber at 1400 Broadway. This long-term lease is for the entire 12th floor.

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“Uber chose 1400 Broadway due to ESRT’s reputation and proven track record of partnering with our tenants and providing an attractive environment for tenant expansion,” said Thomas P. Durels, Executive Vice President and Director of Leasing and Operations for ESRT. “In addition to the desirable location, 1400 Broadway has been modernized for the 21st century; will soon feature an expanded lobby and is located in the convenient Times Square South neighborhood just steps from Bryant Park.”

Sacha Zarba and Alice Fair of CBRE represented Uber in the lease negotiations. Keith Cody represented ESRT in the above transaction, along with Newmark Knight Frank’s Scott Klau, Erik Harris and Neil Rubin.

This location will serve as its 2nd office in Manhattan.

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 September 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 Announces Winners of 2018 Valentine’s Day Wedding Contest

Eleven Couples Will Tie the Knot at the Iconic Landmark on February 14th

New York, NY (February 8, 2018) – The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced the eleven lucky couples who have been selected as winners of its Valentine’s Day Wedding Contest presented by Kleinfeld Bridal.

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Since 1931, ESB’s world-renowned 86th Floor Observatory has been the site for countless on-screen romances which makes it the perfect backdrop for couples to share their love and exchange their vows. Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year on which select couples receive the chance of a lifetime to get married at the World’s Most Romantic Building. This year on February 14th, eleven couples will make their wedding dreams come true on the 24th anniversary of this special Valentine’s Day tradition.

ESB will host each wedding ceremony on the famed 86th floor Observatory throughout the day as follows:

  • 8:15 a.m. – Taryn Baum and Jarred Traub (Queens, NY) – Our hometown couple, Taryn and Jarred got engaged at the Palace of Versailles in France. As both Taryn and Jared are born and bred New Yorkers, Taryn could think of no better place to get married than Jared’s favorite place in New York City, the Empire State Building. She secretly entered the contest, surprised her fiancé with the amazing news, and now this local couple is excited to exchange their vows in front of family and friends on the world-famous 86th floor Observatory.
  • 8:30 a.m. – Alyx Paul and Jonathan Nazon (Bensalem, PA) – Alyx and Jonathan met in high school and are a classic tale of “opposites attract”: Alyx was into science while Jonathan was an athlete. Together for over seven years, including a stint when they had to weather a long distance relationship while Alyx pursued her dream of going to medical school, Jonathan proposed to Alyx on the Empire State Building’s Observatory while she was on a rare visit home. They are thrilled to exchange their vows at the exact place where their lives were changed forever.
  • 8:45 a.m. – Alixandra and Brett Epps (Charlotte, NC) – Brett and Alixandra’s first date was the same night that Brett began to experience symptoms that led to a diagnosis of FSGS, a rare form of kidney disease. Their relationship was strengthened by the hurdles that Brett had to overcome, and after it was determined that Brett needed a kidney transplant, Alixandra was tested and proved to be his perfect match. The morning of the surgery, Brett proposed. The couple is excited to renew their vows to be together in sickness and in health atop the Empire State Building.
  • 9:00 a.m. – An Wang and Wei Cui (Beijing, China and New York, NY) – Though An Wang and Wei Cui have been together for ten years, for the past four, the two have visited each other once a year as Wei currently resides in New York while An lives in Beijing. Two winters ago, they visited the world-famous Empire State Building together and loved the breathtaking open-air views. The couple is over the moon about sharing this extraordinary view again on their very special wedding day.
  • 9:15 a.m. – Patricia and Kevin Byrnes (Yorktown Heights, NY) – Kevin and Patricia were married at the Empire State Building in 1998 when they were both sergeants in the NYPD. Twenty years, three kids, and a successful battle with breast cancer later, they return to the scene to renew their vows.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Arika and Justin Wilson (Virginia Beach, VA) – Arika and Justin took a leap of faith when after six weeks of e-mails and phone calls, Arika got on a plane to meet Justin in person and drove straight from the airport to the Justice of the Peace to get married. February 15, 2018, will be their ten year anniversary and the couple is excited to renew their vows and their faith at the iconic Empire State Building.
  • 9:45 a.m. – Savina Vavlas and Joshua Ortiz (Whitestone, NY) – When she was young, Savina Vavlas dreamed of living in the Big Apple. Now that she’s achieved that dream, living here alongside her fiancé and dream man Joshua, the next item on her bucket list is to get married at the Empire State Building. Joshua and Savina are thrilled to check another item off their list as they get started on realizing their dreams together as husband and wife.
  • 10:15 a.m. – Yahira Inoa and Jose Martinez (West Haverstraw, NY) – True love for Yahira and Jose began with a smile. Through an online dating website the two were instantly drawn to the way the other lit up a picture. Almost a year to the date they got engaged on the world-famous 86th Floor Observatory. Yahira and Jose will return this Valentine’s Day to say “I Do” at the world’s most romantic building.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Michelle Davis and Loc Vu (Greendale, WI) – Good things come to those who wait, and Loc and Michelle’s love has only grown throughout the twenty-four years they have been together. Now with their son Connor to join them, the couple is delighted to renew their vows and celebrate their love at the Empire State Building.
  • 10:45 a.m. – Maria Yvette Nario and Julian Paulino (Los Angeles, CA) – Maria Yvette and Julian come from different states, backgrounds and cultures, but they met in the most diverse city in the world, New York, where they created a life perfect for them. Although they now reside in Los Angeles, Maria Yvette and Julian knew they had to get married at the iconic landmark that represents the city where they fell in love.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Laurie and Rich Trezza (Randolph, NJ) – When her father was a tenant at the Empire State Building, Laurie had access that would make any New Yorker jealous. It has been a big part of her life ever since, even insisting that she have a view of the building from her wedding venue the night she married the love of her life, Rich. Twenty years later, Rich and Laurie get to renew their commitment to each other at a place that means the world to both of them.

Kleinfeld Bridal is the presenting sponsor of the Empire State Building 2018 Valentine’s Day Weddings. As the leader in bridal fashion, each bride will be gifted a wedding dress of their choice from its famous flagship location in New York City.

Additionally, all stateside couples will enjoy a one night stay at Grand Hyatt New York, an exclusive continental breakfast and prosecco toast at the Empire State Building’s own STATE Grill and Bar, a bridal bouquet and boutonniere from 1-800-Flowers.com®, and complimentary name-change from HitchSwitch. One lucky couple will also win a honeymoon package to an all-inclusive Royalton Luxury Resort.

An Wang, the bride-to-be from China, also received roundtrip Air China tickets from Beijing to New York to get married to her significant other atop the world famous building.

For complete contest details, please visit www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding. For more information about Kleinfeld Bridal, 1-800-Flowers.com, Grand Hyatt New York, Royalton Luxury Resorts, HitchSwitch and STATE Grill & Bar, visit https://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/https://www.1800flowers.com/,http://newyork.grand.hyatt.com/http://www.royaltonresorts.com/http://www.hitchswitch.com, and www.stategrillesb.com.

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 all 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.comwww.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, @EmpireStateBldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldghttp://weibo.com/empirestatebuilding,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 September 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.

Empire State Building Run-Up Presented by Turkish Airlines, Powered by the Challenged Athletes Foundation

NEW YORK – February 2, 2018— The Empire State Building today announced that elite tower runner Suzy Walsham of Singapore will return to the World’s Most Famous Building on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, for the Empire State Building Run-Up Presented by Turkish Airlines Powered by the Challenged Athletes Foundation, to defend her title as the most decorated athlete in this race’s history.

Walsham earned her fifth-straight and record-breaking eighth overall victory in the 2017 Empire State Building Run-Up women’s invitational heat with a time of 12 minutes, 11 seconds. The 41st annual race will pit Walsham against U.S.-based rivals Cindy Harris – currently the No. 2-ranked female tower runner in the world behind Walsham – Meg Santana and Stephanie Hucko.

Among the leading contenders in the men’s invitational heat are Frank Nicolas Carreño of Columbia –ranked 2nd in the world, Alex Workman – the top-ranked male tower runner in the United States and Sproule Love – the 14th ranked tower runner in the United States.

“As the world’s first and most recognized tower race, the Empire State Building provides competitors a unique challenge,” said Walsham. “To compete against the world’s best athletes at this iconic location is an honor and privilege each year, and I look forward to defending my title again in 2018.”

Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national flag carrier and the airline that flies to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Run-Up. And as part of the prize package, the top three male and female winners of this year’s race will each be awarded a business class flight voucher to the Turkish Airlines destination of their choice. Turkish Airlines’ New York office is located in the Empire State Building, with its global headquarters based in Istanbul. 

“Taking pride in its wide flight network that spans over 300 passenger and freight destinations in 120 countries, Turkish Airlines is glad to be the presenting sponsor of this exciting event that brings together communities from all around the world through running, while also raising important awareness for the Challenged Athletes Foundation,” says Cenk Öcal, Turkish Airlines’ General Manager, New York. “Turkish Airlines continues to fulfill its commitment to global sports events and organizations that reflect its dynamism and competitive spirit in every aspect.”

Returning as the official charity of the Run-Up is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). As a world leader in helping people with physical challenges get access to sports and an active lifestyle, CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.

“I’m thrilled to attempt the Empire State Building Run-Up this year for the first time,” shared Rudy Garcia-Tolson, Paralympian and CAF Team Member. “I am proud to represent CAF on a team with four other Challenged Athletes, plus 25 fundraisers all committed to CAF’s mission. As a double above-knee amputee, stairs have always been very tough for me, so this race is a big challenge that I’m looking forward to conquering.”

In addition to Turkish Airlines and CAF race heats, participants in the race include the men’s and women’s invitational, media, celebrities, New York City real estate brokers, lottery participants and, for the second year, members of the New York City Police Department and the Fire Department of New York.

The Empire State Building’s world-famous tower lights will shine in Turkish Airlines’ colors, red and white, on the evening of the race in celebration of the event.

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 September 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.

Empire State Realty Trust Adds Full-Floor Tenant to One Grand Central Place

NEW YORK CITY, February 1, 2018– Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE: ESRT) has signed a long-term 12,700 sq. ft. office lease with the William T. Grant Foundation at One Grand Central Place.

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“One Grand Central Place continues to attract tenants with its suite of amenities that include three in-building dining options and a new tenant-only conference center,” said Thomas P. Durels, Executive Vice President and Director of Leasing and Operations for ESRT. “The William T. Grant Foundation will enjoy in-building access to Grand Central Terminal and spectacular views from the 43rd floor tower.”

The William T. Grant Foundation supports research to improve the lives of America’s youth. Its research grants, scholar awards, and fellowships focus on reducing inequality and improving the use of research evidence in policy and practice.

Nicola Heryet, Suzanne Lee and Jonathan Larsen of Avison Young represented the William T. Grant Foundation in the lease negotiations. Julie Christiano and Lindsay Godard represented ESRT in this transaction, along with William Cohen, Brittany Silver and Jamie Jacobs of Newmark Knight Frank.

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 September 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.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal securities laws. You can identify these statements by use of the words “assumes,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects” and similar expressions that do not relate to historical matters. You should exercise caution in relying on forward-looking statements, because they involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond ESRT’s control and could materially affect actual results.  Such factors and risks include, without limitation, a failure of conditions or performance regarding any event or transaction described above, regulatory changes, and other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in ESRT’s filings with the SEC.  Except as may be required by law, ESRT does not undertake a duty to update any forward-looking statement.