Empire State Building Unveils New 102nd Floor Observatory

New York, NY, October 10, 2019 — The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced the third phase of its top-to-bottom reimagined Observatory Experience, the newly renovated 102nd floor Observatory. Opening to the public on October 12, 2019, the 102nd floor will feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows where Guests can step right to the edge of the World’s Most Famous Building.

Guests experience their first “wow” moment when they enter an all glass elevator on the 86th floor. As they travel 16 stories through a newly-renovated glass shaft to 102, they will be provided a never-before-seen look at the inside of the tower’s mast and a glimpse of its world-famous tower lights. Once the elevator nears its destination, Guests get a sneak peek at the breathtaking views before stepping out onto the Observatory. Made up of 24 crystal-clear, eight-foot-tall windows, the 102nd floor is an enclosed, climate-controlled, all-weather Observation Deck allowing 360-degree views of the city and beyond from the heart of New York City.


“The 102nd floor Observatory is the crown jewel of the Empire State Building. We’ve removed all the obstructions and obstacles, giving Guests access to a view that is centrally-located and unrivaled in New York City,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust. “The Observatory Entrance and the second-floor galleries have been embraced by our visitors, and the 102nd floor’s reopening is a major moment in our progress to complete the new Empire State Building Observatory Experience.”


Construction of the 102nd floor began in January 2019 within a state-of-the-art suspended “cocoon” — a circular scaffolding structure — the highest of its kind in New York. The cocoon allowed work to take place with no impact to Guests visiting the world-famous 86th floor Observatory. The design and structural work, which highlights not only the external views, but also the historical elegance of the original features, was conducted by a best-in-class team of experts including:

• Beneville Studios
• Corgan
• Diversified.
• IDEO
• JLL
• Kubik Maltbie
• Otis
• Skanska
• Squint/Opera
• Syska Hennessy
• The Lighting Practice
• Thinc
• Thornton Tomassetti

Phase three follows the successful openings of the Observatory entrance at 20 West 34th Street and the immersive second-floor galleries. Tickets to the 86th floor Observatory start at $38 and tickets to the 102nd floor Observatory can be purchased for an additional $20 either online at www.empirestatebuilding.com or on-site at kiosks located on the second and 86th Floor.

Stay connected on social via #ESBReimagined. To plan your visit, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.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, @EmpireStateBldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, http://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 June 30, 2019, 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 Signs Eighth Expansion Lease With LinkedIn at the Empire State Building

NEW YORK CITY, October 9, 2019 – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announced today that LinkedIn has signed its eighth expansion lease at the Empire State Building, adding three and a half floors and 188,653 square feet to its current campus.  Since 2011, LinkedIn has grown to 501,600square feet in total at the World’s Most Famous Building.  

“LinkedIn has created an exceptional environment that reflects its unique culture and brand in the Empire State Building.  In addition to its expansion on the 24th floor, we were able to arrange an early recapture of space from an existing tenant, and that made available three floors to accommodate LinkedIn’s additional growth within the Empire State Building’s Urban Campus,” said Thomas P. Durels, Executive Vice President, Real Estate, for ESRT. “LinkedIn enjoys the benefits of the Empire State Building’s unique combination of amenities, including the tenant-only fitness center and a variety of in-building dining options, along with ESRT’s ability to generate flexibility for growth.”

Sacha Zarba, Lauren Crowley Corrinet, and Chris Hogan of CBRE, Inc. represented LinkedIn. Landlord representation was provided by Ryan Kass and Shanae Ursini from ESRT.

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, 2019, 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 Realty Trust Welcomes First Republic Bank to One Grand Central Place

NEW YORK CITY, September 25, 2019 – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announced today that First Republic Bank, which offers private banking, private business banking, private wealth management, and other services, will open a 14,430 sq. ft. facility at One Grand Central Place.

“We are pleased to welcome First Republic Bank to our portfolio,” said Thomas P. Durels, Executive Vice President, Real Estate for ESRT. “First Republic Bank recognized the power and value of this location, directly across from Grand Central Terminal and One Vanderbilt, a benefit also experienced by our office tenants.  First Republic Bank’s new location is also a valuable amenity to our tenants, along with Blue Bottle Coffee, 6B, Pera Restaurant, and our tenant-only conference facility.”

First Republic Bank specializes in delivering exceptional, relationship-based service and offers a complete line of products including residential, commercial and personal loans, deposit services, and wealth management.

Frank A. Doyle and Erin Grace of JLL represented First Republic Bank. Landlord representation was provided by Fred C. Posniak of ESRT.

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, 2019, 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

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EMPIRE STATE BUILDING UNVEILS BRAND NEW SECOND FLOOR OBSERVATORY EXPERIENCE

Immersive Exhibits Open to the Public on July 29

New York, NY, July 25, 2019 — The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced the second phase of its top-to-bottom reimagined Observatory Experience. Opening to the public on July 29, 2019, the $165 million project presents the only museum in New York City that is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Located on the second floor of the international icon, the 10,000 sq. ft galleries invite Guests on a journey from the building’s construction to its current place in pop culture. Named the most Instagrammed U.S. landmark in a study conducted by Sony Mobile, the new galleries feature immersive and interactive exhibits that fulfill the desire of today’s modern traveler to share authentic experiences – all as they make their way to the one-of-a-kind views from the 86th Floor Observatory.

Led by experience designer Thinc, with team members IDEO, Squint Opera, Beneville Studio, Diversified, Intersection, Kubik Maltbie, Otis Elevator Company and Tenguerian Model, phase two follows the first phase, a brand-new Observatory entrance at 20 West 34th Street which was completed in August of 2018.

The galleries through which visitors travel to experience ESB’s famous views from the center of New York City include:

  • The Site in the 1920s: A black-and-white panoramic image depicts the site of the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel as construction of the Empire State Building begins. Through building surveyors, Guests can look in and see the New York City streets of the late 1920s come to life in full color.

  • Construction: Inspired by the photography of Lewis Hine, visitors will be transported back in time as hot rivets, and steel beams fly overhead, and the sounds of New York City come alive in surround sound. Visitors can also interact with specially commissioned cast sculptures of construction workers as they work and take their lunch break.

  • Opening Day: The excitement of opening day is palpable with a newsboy announcing the opening of the Empire State Building as he sells his papers on the streets of 1930s New York City

  • Modern Marvel: The Modern Marvel exhibit outlines the specific measures taken to make the Empire State Building a world leader in sustainability and a leading example in energy efficiency.

  • Otis Elevators: Otis delivered the groundbreaking technology that made the towering height of ESB possible. In a dedicated exhibit, Otis showcases not only how the original elevators operated, but teaches visitors about the latest technology installed in the newest elevators, which transport more than 10 million tenants and Observatory Guests each year. Visitors will also walk through a simulation of an actual elevator shaft and feel the energy created by the movement of the cars up close.

  • Urban Campus: Very few visitors to the Empire State Building are aware of what goes on in the nearly 100 floors they don’t see. Urban Campus offers a glimpse into some of the major tenant spaces, amenities, and hidden views of the building as experienced by those who work there. The exhibit highlights some of these contemporary internet-age businesses, visible through peepholes that give guests an insider’s view of what these high-tech offices are like.

  • World’s Most Famous Building: Set to an original score commissioned for this exhibit, more than seventy screens display highlights of ESB’s starring role in pop culture from every decade since the 1930s. Visitors from around the world will recognize the hundreds of movies, TV shows, commercials, cartoons, comic books, and video games that feature the world’s most famous building.

  • King Kong: Visitors walk into an office from the 1930s where the famous, giant ape’s fingers pierce the walls as he dangles from the building and dodges vintage fighter planes.  Those brave enough can even step into Kong’s hands – but beware, you might feel the power of this fearsome ape firsthand!

  • Celebrity: The Empire State building is a popular destination for A-list celebrities and worldwide talent with many famous faces from around the globe visiting its world-famous 86th Floor Observatory. This exhibit highlights some of the most-famous visitors (athletes, musicians, actors) with their images and signed memorabilia adorning the walls for Guests to admire as they head to the elevators that will take them to their next stop: NYC: Above & Beyond on the 80th Floor.

“While the views from the 86th Floor Observatory are world-famous, the Empire State Building has a rich history filled with exciting events and innovative projects that we are now able to share via our new second-floor exhibits,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust. “We began in August 2018 with the relocation of our Observatory entrance to 34th Street, and now our new galleries on the second floor give our visitors the chance to learn and engage with the iconic authenticity that only the Empire State Building, unique not just in New York City, but in the world, can provide.  With the expertise of our design partners, these new galleries will engage visitors in unprecedented ways.”

The cross-disciplinary, best-in-class team from the arts and architecture, technology and entertainment industries, which conceived and curated the project include:

  • Beneville Studios
  • Corgan
  • Diversified.
  • IDEO
  • Intersection
  • JLL
  • Kubik Maltbie
  • Otis Elevator Company
  • Skanska
  • Squint / Opera
  • Syska Hennessy Group
  • Tenguerian Models
  • The Lighting Practice
  • Thinc Design
  • Thornton Tomasetti

Stay connected on social via #ESBReimagined. To plan your visit and to purchase tickets, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com.

The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. Expands Within the Empire State Realty Trust Portfolio

NEW YORK CITY, July 22, 2019 – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announced today that The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., a global provider of marketing solutions, signed a 26,134 sq. ft. lease on the sixth floor of 111 West 33rd Street. The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. currently has a total of 90,629 sq. ft at 1400 Broadway. With this new lease, their total square footage with ESRT is now 116,763 sq. ft.

“The expansion by The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. is another example of the incredible value and service proposition that ESRT offers, demonstrated by the 181 tenant expansions for approximately 1.3 million sq. ft. since 2013,” said Thomas P. Durels, Executive Vice President, Real Estate, for ESRT. “111 West 33rd Street’s ideal location has unparalleled convenience to mass transportation, the outdoor spaces of Broadway Plaza, and the many new restaurants, hotels and rooftop bars in NoMad and Times Square South, making its location a boon for employee convenience.”

Scott Panzer, Robert Romano, and Shannon Rzeznikiewicz of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. represented The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.  Landlord representation was provided by Keith Cody from ESRT and Scott J. Klau, Erik S. Harris, and Neil L. Rubin from 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 June 30, 2019, 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.