Empire State Realty Trust Achieves WELL Health-Safety Rating

First commercial portfolio to achieve the rating in the U.S.

September 21, 2020 – New York, NY – The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) today announced that Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), the greater New York metro area office and retail real estate leader, is the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management. ESRT’s portfolio is comprised of 14 office properties and six stand-alone retail properties totaling approximately 10.1 million rentable square feet, including the iconic Empire State Building.

The WELL Health-Safety Rating measures five categories: cleaning and sanitization procedures; emergency preparedness programs; health service resources; air and water quality management; and stakeholder engagement and communications.

ESRT’s participation will help restore confidence and trust among its employees, tenants, staff, and visitors. ESRT’s leadership comes from the top, its Chairman, CEO, and President, Anthony E. Malkin is also the Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee and a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Board for the implementation of Local Law 97 in New York City.  Dana Robbins Schneider, SVP of Energy, Sustainability and ESG has worked with Mr. Malkin for more than 12 years, and until she joined ESRT was Managing Director of JLL’s Americas Energy and Sustainability Projects group.

Launched in June, the WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and space types and is focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder engagement strategies to help organizations prepare their spaces for re-entry in a post COVID-19 environment. Empire State Realty Trust joined more than 100 organizations, encompassing over 500 facilities, that responded swiftly to enroll in the documentation-based program and that continue to work towards implementing its scientific guidance.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary for companies everywhere to elevate the importance of how they contribute to the health and safety of people. Empire State Realty Trust has gone above and beyond, demonstrating admirable leadership in incorporating best practices to more safely reopen our buildings, augmenting New York City’s resilience in response to the virus,” said Rick Fedrizzi, IWBI Chairman and CEO. “We are excited to celebrate this achievement with Empire State Realty Trust as they continue to create spaces that center on people, now and into the future.”

For more than a decade, Empire State Realty Trust has evaluated and implemented measures improve indoor environmental quality in its portfolio. The $165 million redevelopment completed in December 2019 of the Empire State Building Observatory mitigates direct, indirect and aerosol transmission through MERV 13 filtration, increased fresh air ventilation, and bipolar ionization air purification proven in an accredited laboratory to neutralize 99.92% of coronavirus. Similar measures have been made to upgrade health, safety and IEQ protocols throughout Empire State Realty Trust’s entire portfolio. 

Adapted from features in the WELL Building Standard (WELL) that focus on facilities maintenance and operations, the WELL Health-Safety Rating is designed to guide and empower the actions of large and small businesses alike in taking the necessary steps to prioritize the health and safety of their staff, visitors and stakeholders. It also serves as an annual process that supports efforts to promote the long-term health and safety of people.

“ESRT has implemented an evidence and science-based approach to ensure the health and safety of all of our building occupants.  We have focused on Indoor Environmental Quality for more than a decade and pioneered and showcased many sustainability practices through our renovations at the Empire State Building – practices we subsequently rolled out throughout our entire portfolio,” said Dana Robbins Schneider, SVP of Energy, Sustainability and ESG at ESRT. “We believe in the power of building performance to improve employee productivity and wellness.  Third party validation from the International WELL Buildings Institute confirms that ESRT meets and exceeds the most stringent features of healthy buildings.”

Created by IWBI, the WELL Health-Safety Rating is informed by guidance developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), global disease control and prevention centers and emergency management agencies, recognized standard-making bodies, such as ASTM International and ASHRAE, and leading academic and research institutions. IWBI has leveraged insights from its Task Force on COVID-19, established at the outset of the pandemic to help business and building leaders integrate actionable insights and proven strategies in the fight against COVID-19 and other respiratory infections.

To learn more about the WELL Health-Safety Rating, visit https://www.wellcertified.com/health-safety.

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, 2020 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. 

About the International WELL Building Institute

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings, communities and organizations in ways that help people thrive. WELL v2 is the most recent version of its popular WELL Building Standard (WELL), and the WELL Community Standard pilot is a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities. WELL is focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness. IWBI mobilizes the wellness community through management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere. IWBI is a participant of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative, and helps companies advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the use of WELL. More information on WELL can be found here.

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Empire State Building COVID Couples Photoshoot 1,050 ft Above New York City

New York City (September 17, 2020) – The Empire State Building (ESB) Observatory announces that couples throughout the Tri-State area can receive complimentary wedding photography on October 10, 2020 – 10.10.20 – with the purchase of tickets to its Observatories. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a professional photographer will be available on the Building’s famed 86th Floor Observatory to capture up to five photos for each couple.

In 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many couples have had to cancel or reimagine their wedding plans. Whether to commemorate socially-distant nuptials or celebrate a recent engagement, ESB wants to give couples the chance to make their love story as iconic as the World’s Most Famous Building.

“For close to ninety years, the Empire State Building has been the star of many love stories – both on-screen and off. This year, we wanted to make couples our focus by opening the Observation Deck to locals looking for the perfect place to celebrate their relationship alongside their love of New York City,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, President of the Observatory. “So on 10.10.20, grab your tickets and visit us for the best backdrop New York has to offer.”

Requests flow in daily from lovers all over the world with the desire to get married or set up the perfect proposal at the Empire State Building. This year with so many plans affected by the pandemic, ESB wants to give locals from the tri-state area the opportunity to shout out their love from 1,050 feet above New York City. Additionally, one lucky couple may be selected to win a complimentary wedding at ESB on Valentine’s Day 2021.

Interested couples should pre-purchase tickets at https://www.esbnyc.com/buy-tickets/101020-Promo. For more information, please visit www.esbnyc.com

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Empire State Realty Trust Signs 63,000 Square Feet Lease In Stamford, CT

NEW YORK CITY, September 16, 2020 – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announced today that Berkley Insurance Company (BIC), a subsidiary of W. R. Berkley Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, has signed a new lease through 2033 for 63,173 square feet at Metro Center, in Stamford, Connecticut.   BIC, A+ rated by both Standard & Poors and A.M. Best, will occupy 1.5 floors in ESRT’s suburban 285,258 square feet flagship property, located at I-95’s exit 7, at the Stamford Transportation Center.

Metro Center, One Station Place Stamford, CT 06902

“We are thrilled to welcome Berkley Insurance Company to Metro Center,” said Jeffrey H. Newman, Senior Vice President for ESRT. “The company will enjoy our new and recently renovated lobby, tenants-only gym, and coffee shop. We look forward to a long-standing relationship with Berkley.”

The tenant was represented by Belinda W. Scanlon, Managing Director of Bernard Realty, while ESRT’s Metro Center leasing agency team of Newmark Knight Frank, led by Managing Director James Ritman, joined Mr. Newman in representing ESRT. 

The prestigious tenant roster at Metro Center includes Capstone Investment Advisors, Columbus Circle Investors, Exoduspoint Capital Management, Heidrick & Struggles, H.I.G., JLL, Jefferies & Company, Olympus Growth Fund, Palladium Capital Management, Refinitiv, Tweedy, Browne Company and Zimmer US, Inc.

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Empire State Building Owner on New York City’s Re-Opening

An Interview with President, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, Anthony E Malkin

CNBC: Meantime, New York City is expected to begin its phase 3 reopening on Monday, but mayor Bill de Blasio says that will not include indoor dining anymore, as was originally scheduled. And as we head into a new month it also means a new round of rent payments for real estate giants like my next guest who owns more than 10,000,000 sq.ft in Manhattan and parts of the tri-state area, including the world famous Empire State Building. For more on the path forward for real estate, I am joined by Anthony Malkin he is chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust. It’s great to have you back and I guess we will just start with, you know, are they paying the bills for July?

Anthony E Malkin: So we’ll disclose our actual final update for the next quarter earnings, at the same time what I can tell you is since the last time we spoke rents have continued to come in and our rent collections have continued to improve. July rents aren’t actually due until literally the 1st, however I can just tell you steady improvement over our collections prior to this point.

CNBC: What do you think of the mayor’s decision not to open indoor dining? How does that affect you and what’s going on with the observation deck, which is such a big part of the Empire State Building’s revenue.

AEM: So let’s hit the observation deck first, it is closed but I’ll tie that into the second point which is indoor environmental quality. This has been a major focus of us throughout our renovation of all of our buildings in the past decade, the fact that indoor environmental health is absolutely critical. So we have put in such things in all of our niche spaces including the observatory, as Merv-13 filters, Atmos Air which kills off viruses including Coronaviruses, Merv-13 filters capture viruses, and the third most important thing, ventilation. So, in our offices at 111 West 33rd St, we replace the air in our office completely once every hour. That’s what happens at the observatory, and the difficulty with a lot of this indoor dining is that’s not the way that those air conditioning systems and cooling systems are designed. Similar to those buildings which have these very large tied in central systems, they just re-circulate the air.

CNBC: So, it’s interesting because Governor Cuomo brought up the same issue and said he wanted, you know, restaurants to have these kinds of filters that can kind of capture or in your case, as you said, kill Coronavirus. Can you tell us about the cost though, I mean you are a property manager, this is obviously an investment that you need to make? But, if you are a restaurant, is this financially feasible?

AEM: Well it’s interesting, you know, our restaurants at the Empire State Building have this already, the Merv-13 filters and the Atmos Air as part of our basic design build and everything that we do in our buildings. And as I said, we were focused on this before when it was an issue of indoor environmental quality, asthma, volatile off-gassing materials. To retrofit for Merv-13 filters and to install Atmos Air, it’s not a big burden. To incorporate ventilation is harder, and that needs to be part of a design change. So I think you have the one hand to clear out what’s re-circulating in the air, and then the other hand is to bring in fresh air and that is more of a challenge unless you’ve planned ahead.

CNBC: Yeah, and I imagine that’s what all these restaurant owners are struggling with trying to whether that investment is going to be worth it for them, or just to close up. You know since we last had you on we spoke with Jonathan Litt who is reportedly shorting companies including yours and thinks ESRT might bare the full brunt of this storm because of the observation deck being 25% of net operating income, you’re smaller tenants, older buildings, more apparel oriented. I’m sure it’s not the first time you’ve had to address these concerns but what would you say to investors like Litt, who are worried about your future?

AEM: Well look, everybody’s entitled to take a position in the market, that’s the benefit of markets. I think that anyone can report on what is happening today, I think you have to look at the longer term. First of all, our buildings are older but they’ve all been modernized for the 21st century, we spent over a billion dollars on our entire portfolio to do that in New York City and that’s why we have those Merv-13 filters, Atmos Air, and ventilation in our new installations, in our observatory, in our building lobbies, in the retail components of our buildings, number one. Number two, we greatly transformed our tenant make-up, expanded it to much bigger buildings. LinkedIn is our largest tenant, followed up by other tenants, some of them have exposure to the garment industry. But what I would say is you gotta look at the longer term, gotta look at the balance sheet, we have a huge balance sheet disclosed in March, we have over a billion dollars, that gives us runway, the opportunity to grow and expand. How are we going to create value over time and how are these landlords positioned over the longer term against the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Bill, a local law in ’97 in New York City where we are leaders in this. So I think that, look, markets are made by people going long and people going short, and my view is very simple, we’re built for the long term, we feel comfortable about our position.

CNBC: And there’s one, also, long term trend I thought was interesting that you aren’t a big believer in. You actually aren’t a big believer in work from home because you believe that people have tried it before, it hasn’t worked, and all of the trend stories about how this is going to be the new normal are off the mark. You don’t think it’s going to be different this time?

AEM: You know, there’s a great article in the New York Times that came out on Sunday that specifically addressed this. All of the different companies that have tried this, from IBM on, have always gone back to bring people back into the office. The other thing about work from home is that it is incredibly discriminatory. People feel isolated and abandoned, socioeconomically if you are at the bottom of the stack trying to work your way up, this is very prejudicial, very prejudicial against minorities and the whole Black Lives Matter. It’s amazing that people would say we’re going to take these people who are strivers and we’re going to keep them away from where they can learn, away from where they can form teams, away from managers who can teach them and make progress, very discriminatory against working parents. You lose the value of hallway validation, the people who are 35 and under want to be in the offices, and they want their bosses there, not in the Hamptons, not in the Catskills, not out in Colorado. So I think it’s a bright, shining penny, I think it’s a great story for people to write about. Over time, the statistics are already coming in, people who are working from home are starting to fall off as far as productivity. The fact that businesses want to offload the cost of having an office on people and on their homes and keep them away from building teams and culture to me is unbelievable, it won’t last and it won’t work.

CNBC: Very, very interesting, Anthony Malkin thanks for coming back we appreciate all your thoughts.

AEM: Thank you very much, have a great July 4th.

Empire State Building Observatory Recalls Employees For Training

The Iconic NYC Landmark Prepares to Reopen with New Protocols

New York, NY, July 13, 2020 – The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced the recall of its employees for training in the new protocols and processes required as the final step to prepare for its world-famous Observatory to reopen on July 20, 2020, under New York State’s Phase 4 guidelines. 

“We will reopen the universally-recognized symbol of New York City to the world, our brand new $165 million Observatory experience, and so state that New York is resilient and that our future holds promise,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman, President, and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust. “Our decade’s long commitment to Indoor Environmental Quality is accompanied by new protocols and employee training which comply with government requirements.  Visits will initially be limited to below New York State’s Phase 4 capacity guidelines, and we will prevent crowds through a shift to timed, online reservations only. The reduced capacity and lack of tourists from out of town will create a unique ‘New York for New Yorkers’ experience.”

For the first few weeks, hours of operation will be reduced to 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tickets for set times can be purchased at www.esbnyc.com.  Initial capacity will be reduced by more than 80% to only 500 guests in the Observatories’ 70,000 square foot space at a time, and well below the 25% capacity guideline set forth in Phase 4.  This policy will allow for the separation of groups by more than 18 feet.  The $165 million redevelopment of the Observatories that was concluded in December 2019 created a separate entrance dedicated to Observatory visitors.

Empire State Realty Trust’s (ESRT) portfolio-wide Indoor Environmental Quality standards were incorporated as part of the Observatories redevelopment.  Air quality related components at the Observatory include MERV 13 air filters, AtmosAir air purification, and constant ventilation through the introduction of fresh air to, and the exhaust interior air from, the Observatories.  These are the standards in all of ESRT’s new office installations.

Guest protocols will include a contactless temperature check (must have a temperature of less than 100.4 degrees) and the requirement to wear a facial covering throughout their visit.  Certain interactive exhibits will run on automatic and binocular viewers, which require close eye contact by visitors, will be closed.  At the time of reopening, all Hosts, Cleaning, and Security personnel will be trained in additional customer service, use of PPE, new cleaning procedures, tracing, and back-of-house protocols.

“Our work has been thorough with new training guidelines and customer service standards. We have taken measures with signage, distancing markers, hand sanitizers, and cleaning; beyond anything any retailer or public space we have surveyed,” stated Observatory President Jean-Yves Ghazi.  “As leaders, we have posted our complete reopening program on www.esbnyc.com for the public to view, both to give our guests confidence and to help guide other attractions in best practices.”

“With such a reduced capacity, everyone will have an unmatched opportunity to enjoy the Observatory Experience – truly New York for New Yorkers.  More than 100 employees, who bring life and authenticity to the Building, will return to work,” said Ernie Blundell, Observatory EVP.

No one building has connected more with the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Empire State Building cemented itself as a beacon of hope and inspiration through its ‘Pandemic Siren’ and ‘Heartbeat of New York’ lightings, the international #HeroesShineBright campaign honoring First Responders, and the music-to-light shows with Alicia Keys, The Beatles, and Billy Joel, which generated more than 33.2 billion media impressions in four major markets measured worldwide. The unprecedented July 4th Macy’s Fireworks finale at the Empire State Building was the prelude to its reopening and showcased the enduring Icon of New York City.

For more information on the guidelines, how to purchase tickets, and updated operating hours, please visit http://www.esbnyc.com.

About the Empire State Building 

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna top), 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 Empire State Building was named the world’s most popular travel destination in a study conducted by Uber and was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, https://twitter.com/empirestatebldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, http://weibo.com/empirestatebuilding, www.youtube.com/esbnyc, https://www.tiktok.com/@empirestatebldg 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  March 31, 2020 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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Alexandra Chernin 

212-736-3100 

achernin@empirestaterealtytrust.com 

Bianca Pappas

212-850-2600

BPappas@empirestaterealtytrust.com

Empire State Realty Trust Announces Appointment of Aaron Ratner as Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

New York, NY, May 19, 2020 – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) (the “Company”), a real estate investment trust with office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, today announced the appointment of Aaron Ratner as Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, effective May 26, 2020. In this newly created role, Mr. Ratner will lead the Company’s investment strategies and sourcing of external growth opportunities.

Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ESRT said, “Aaron’s appointment follows our comments in our Q1 earnings call.  I am confident he is the right person to create opportunities for us in this cycle and those to come, and we welcome him to our team.”

“Empire State Realty Trust is a platform poised for accretive growth,” said Mr. Ratner. “I am honored and motivated by the opportunity to work with ESRT’s talented team and to create value for ESRT’s shareholders.”

Mr. Ratner joins ESRT after nine-years with TPG. He most recently served as a principal on the real estate team, where he developed investment strategies, sourced opportunities, and executed and managed real estate debt and equity investments. He served on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee for AV Homes (NASDAQ: AVHI). Before TPG, he worked in the real estate investment banking group at Eastdil Secured. Mr. Ratner earned a B.B.A in Finance with distinction from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

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 March 31, 2020, 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 and Billy Joel in Partnership with iHeartMedia Turn the Bright Lights on Broadway With a New Light Show Set to Miami 2017

ESB and iHeartMedia New York’s Q104.3 to Host Live Music-to-Light Show Replaying this Special Moment of Billy Joel’s “Miami 2017” Nightly at 9:00 pm ET through May 15

New York, NY (May 11, 2020) – On Monday, May 11, at 8:00 pm ET, the Empire State Building (ESB) illuminated the New York City skyline with a light show synced to New York legend Billy Joel’s brand new recording of Miami 2017.As part of the surprise finale to Robin Hood and iHeartMedia’s “Rise Up New York!” virtual telethon, the light show was simultaneously broadcast on all New York City TV stations, iHeartMedia and Entercom broadcast radio stations, News 12, Spectrum News NY1, SiriusXM and nationally on CNBC. In partnership with iHeartMedia, Robin Hood, and the piano man himself, ESB debuted not only a brand new lighting spectacle but an exclusive video that viewers can now enjoy via the Building’s YouTube page.

Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, is amping up its efforts to provide recovery and relief to the organizations that serve the city’s most vulnerable. Together with Billy Joel, ESB created the show as a call to action, to inspire those who can to donate to help New Yorkers rebuild their lives after being drastically impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  

“The Empire State Building is honored to work with Billy Joel, a music icon synonymous with New York, to bring attention to Robin Hood,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust.

“ESB annually lights for Robin Hood’s fundraiser, and we are excited to partner with our friends at iHeartMedia to bring even more attention to the great work this organization accomplishes.”

“Robin Hood’s Rise Up New York! benefit was a moment to recognize the incredible resiliency of our fellow New Yorkers, who continue to come together in the fight against this pandemic, culminating in a Billy Joel performance set against the backdrop of the iconic Empire State Building flashing green for Robin Hood,” said Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood. “It’s an honor to continue our meaningful partnership with the Empire State Building to shine a light on our work and show our neighbors every night this week that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder together as we recover from this crisis.”

ESB and iHeartMedia will replay the show every evening at 9:00 pm ET tonight through Friday, May 15. The song will play on iHeartMedia’s Q104.3, New York’s Classic Rock, and on the iHeartRadio app.  Fans can also view the show on the Building’s YouTube page as well as Q104.3’s Facebook page. They are also encouraged to donate to Rise Up New York! The Robin Hood Relief Benefit.

“iHeartMedia and New York’s Q104.3 are proud to partner with ESB and The Robin Hood Foundation to provide the musical backdrop for the lights of ESB moving to the tunes of New York’s own Billy Joel’s iconic Miami 2017,” said Thea Mitchem, EVP of Programming for iHeartMedia. “This is a time when all New Yorkers come together, inspire action, and lend a helping hand to our neighbors in need.

For more information about the Empire State Building, iHeartMedia, and Robin Hood, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.iHeartMedia.com, and www.robinhood.org.

About the Empire State Building

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna top), 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 Empire State Building was named the world’s most popular travel destination in a study conducted by Uber and was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com,www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, htts://twitter.com/empirestatebldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, http://weibo.com/empirestatebuilding, www.youtube.com/esbnyc, https://www.tiktok.com/@empirestatebldg 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  March 31, 2020 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.   

About Robin Hood

Founded in 1988, Robin Hood finds, fuels, and creates the most impactful and scalable solutions lifting families out of poverty in New York City, with models that can work across the country. Robin Hood invests nearly $120 million annually to provide legal services, housing, meals, workforce development training, education programs, and more to families in poverty in New York City. Robin Hood tracks every program with rigorous metrics, and since Robin Hood’s Board of Directors covers all overhead, 100 percent of every donation goes directly to the poverty fight. Learn more at https://www.robinhood.org/ and follow Robin Hood on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About iHeartMedia New York

iHeartMedia New York owns and operates WHTZ-FM, WKTU-FM, WAXQ-FM, WWPR-FM, WLTW-FM and WOR-AM. iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 850 live broadcast stations in over 150 markets; digital radio via its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; through its on-air influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio product, using data from its massive consumer base. Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

Media Contact:

Stacey-Ann Hosang | shosang@empirestaterealtytrust.com | 212-736-3100

Alex Chernin | achernin@empirestaterealtytrust.com | 212-736-3100

Joe DeAngelis | JoeDeAngelis@iheartmedia.com | 212-549-0872

Emily Schumann | robinhood@sunshinesachs.com

New Yorkers Respond to COVID 19 in “Big Apple” Ways

New York City’s usually bustling streets have been eerily quiet during the COVID-19 Pandemic. However every evening at 7, thousands of New Yorkers open their windows to cheer and bang and toot their appreciation for healthcare workers and others on the front lines.

Ariana is only 8 years old, but she brings real big apple spirit to the ritual along with a metal pot and spoon.

Ariana: It’s really loud. Sometimes, I have to keep it down because I don’t want to go deaf.

Adam Phillps: Why are you doing this?

Ariana: Well, actually I am doing this to celebrate the workers, for this Coronavirus. The health workers that are helping and making sure that all of it goes okay. In my house there’s a lot of noise and it’s also good to make more noise and say ‘Hey we’re here! We’re gonna fight this! We’re not gonna just stand by and make the workers do all the work. We’re also going to do this, if we’re not going out we’re helping at home and not touching our faces. And I think, that is a great idea.

Nothing is more New York than a cocktail party. In-person cocktail parties are also shelved during the crisis. But, Mary Ann has devised her own COVID-19 era cocktail party for her closest neighbors in her TONY central park west apartment building.

Mary Ann: Well at 5:30 everyday my two neighbors on my floor and I open our doors and we sit in chairs in our doorways, we’re far away from each other but we’re close enough to hear each other speak so that we’re still in our apartments. We have drink in hand, and we talk for an hour, an hour and a half. And we talk about nice things – how beautiful it was outside and the cherry blossoms. It’s a little bit ironic, here we’re going through this terrible time when everything is dark and gloomy. People are sick and dying. And yet, nature is so gorgeous this year.

Mary Ann says that personal connections between building residents is unusual in Manhattan

Mary Ann: Right well we’ve never said more than hello to each other before and we’ve lived here for many decades. But it doesn’t matter because at least it’s human contact. We’ve all said that if anybody needs anything we’ll help each other – which is also very nice. I think that, yes, everyone respects each other’s space, but everyone is also helpful to everyone else which is what makes New York so special.

Nothing says NEW YORK like the Empire State Building. Every evening at 9, it blasts out Alicia Keyes iconic “Empire State of Mind” over the radio. While the music plays, and every hour on the hour, building management projects what it calls a rainbow sparkle on the building’s upper façade. It features the official colors of the Big Apple’s first responders and other heroes in this desperate moment. At other times, the Empire State Building’s upper façade is bathed in a pulsating red light, like a heartbeat. Anthony E Malkin is the CEO of the Empire State Realty Trust which owns and manages the landmark. He says this display is a Big Apple shout out to all first responders, both in New York and around the nation.

Anthony Malkin: It’s just another example of how we connect with people and how important it is to them that they recognize that we’re thinking of them and that the whole city has them on our minds.

Adam Phillips: As New Yorkers and others know, the coronavirus epidemic will be a fact of life for a while. But New Yorkers also know that while the threat endures, folks in the Big apple will always create new, only in New York ways to respond.

Adam Phillips: VOA News, NEW YORK.

Empire State Building Launches #HeroesShineBright Campaign to Show Thanks to First Responders

A week of lightings for First Responder organizations and Essential Workers kicks off April 24

New York, NY (April 23, 2020) – The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced the launch of #HeroesShineBright, a weeklong campaign to give thanks to every person putting their lives on the line to save others during the COVID-19 pandemic both in the United States and around the world. Every night from April 24 through May 2, ESB will dedicate its tower lights to a different First Responder organization, shining in their representative colors to acknowledge their bravery and service.

On May 2, the final night of #HeroesShineBright, ESB will partner with the World Federation of Great Towers in a coordinated lighting that will see the Burj Khalifa (UAE), CN Tower (Canada), Macau Tower (China), Busan Tower (South Korea), Willis Tower (US), Euromast (Netherlands), 360 Chicago (US), Calgary Tower (Canada), One Liberty Observation Deck (US), Ostankino TV Tower (Russia), Tallinn TV Tower (Estonia), UFO Tower (Slovakia), and others shine their lights in a red heartbeat from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. in their local time zone to bring global awareness to those helping fight the pandemic. The Eiffel Tower will also dedicate its signature sparkle to the campaign that evening.

The schedule of lightings is as follows:

  • April 24 – Yellow/White/Blue w/ Siren Effect in honor of FDNY/EMS
  • April 25 – Blue/White/Blue in honor of Doctors, Nurses and the Medical Community
  • April 26 – Blue/Orange/Blue in honor of Correction Officers
  • April 27 – Split lights:
    • North & South: Orange/Blue/White in honor of the U.S. Coast Guard
    • East & West: Blue/Gold/Blue in honor of the U.S. Navy
  • April 28 – Yellow/Black/White in honor of the U.S. Army
  • April 29 – Blue/Blue/Blue in honor of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • April 30 – Yellow/Yellow/Yellow in honor of Essential Workers
  • May 1 – Blue/Purple/Blue in honor of Police Memorial Day
  • May 2 – Dynamic heartbeat lighting in coordination with the World Federation of GreatTowers

“The Empire State Building is the beating heart of all of us, and the international icon of the skyline of New York City.  She shines her lights to show First Responders and essential workers our appreciation, love, and support, which they deserve,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust. “Our tribute to the heroes on the front lines of our great city, one group at a time, will culminate with a worldwide show of support as the World Federation of Great Towers showers universal light to spotlight the contributions of First Responders around the world.”

The Empire State Building encourages fans to participate in the #HeroesShineBright campaign, and leave comments on its posts and stories across its social media platforms thanking essential workers each night of the lightings. On May 2, the Building will share a celebratory compilation video incorporating videos of personal thank yous, fan comments, and inspiring videos of the lightings across the globe. For more information, please visit http://www.esbnyc.com.

About the Empire State Building

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna top), 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 Empire State Building was named the world’s most popular travel destination in a study conducted by Uber and was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, https://twitter.com/empirestatebldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, http://weibo.com/empirestatebuilding, www.youtube.com/esbnyc, https://www.tiktok.com/@empirestatebldg 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 March 31, 2020, 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.  

Media Contacts: 

Alexandra Chernin  

(212) 736-3100  achernin@empirestaterealtytrust.com  

Stacey-Ann Hosang  

(212) 736-3100   SHosang@empirestaterealtytrust.com

Empire State Building COVID-19 Lighting: The Heartbeat of the United States

ROTATING SIREN IN THE MAST IN RECOGNITION OF OUR FIRST RESPONDER HEROES

Starting March 30, and through the COVID-19 battle, the Empire State Building’s signature white lights will be replaced nightly with the Heartbeat of America in bright red with a siren of red and white in the mast to pay respect to the heroic emergency workers on the front line of the fight.

“The Empire State Building is an international symbol of dreams and struggles overcome,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of building owner Empire State Realty Trust.  “Tonight, and every night in this struggle, she is a beacon to remind us we are all in this together, and we will come out of this together.”

The Empire State Building’s world-famous tower lights, in partnership with iHeartMedia’s Z100, will continue to sync to a broadcast Alicia Keys’ Empire State of Mind on every night at 9:00 pm. The public is invited to join the conversation by posting a video of themselves to their social media pages with the hashtag #EmpireStateBuilding and #iHeartNewYork tagging both the Empire State Building and iHeartRadio to share how we are all still able to connect with each other. For more information about the Empire State Building and iHeartMedia, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com and www.iHeartMedia.com.

The Empire State Building shines in its signature white lights on nights when a lighting for an organization or holiday is not scheduled. One can always visit the lighting calendar on the Empire State Building’s website for our full schedule.

About the Empire State Building 

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna top), 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 Empire State Building was named the world’s most popular travel destination in a study conducted by Uber and was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, https://twitter.com/empirestatebldg,www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, http://weibo.com/empirestatebuilding, www.youtube.com/esbnyc, or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg.