Empire State Building to Shine in a Red Heartbeat to Honor Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Memorial

Music-to-Light Show Synced to Alicia Keys’ ‘Empire State of Mind’ Returns With Simulcast on iHeartMedia New York’s Z100 and the iHeartRadio App

New York (Jan. 11, 2021) The Empire State Building today announced its participation in President-Elect Biden’s plan to memorialize American lives lost from the COVID-19 pandemic with its iconic heartbeat lighting. For several months during New York City’s direst period, the Empire State Building’s heartbeat exhibited solidarity with and support for the millions of people affected by COVID-19, and specifically the emergency workers who addressed the first, great assault of the pandemic. 

Billions of impressions worldwide proved that the Empire State Building is an international symbol and icon of New York City. Each night at 9 p.m., the Empire State Building played a light show of Alicia Keys’ anthem “Empire State of Mind” while iHeartMedia New York’s Z100 broadcasted the song live. The red heartbeat will return the evening of Jan. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., with Keys’ anthem and accompanying light show to play once again on the building and can be heard on iHeartMedia New York’s Z100 and on the iHeartRadio app at 9 p.m. ET to join President-Elect Biden’s pre-inaugural memorial service. Church bells will sound, and towers and landmarks will illuminate nationwide in unity and remembrance.

“New York City has always, and will always, symbolize the hope and resilience of our great city and its people. We will come back even stronger, and the Empire State Building will be here to welcome everyone back,” said Anthony E. Malkin, chairman, president, and CEO, Empire State Realty Trust. “The Empire State Building Observatory Experience reopened and began to safely welcome back visitors in July, and we continue to serve as the national and international symbol of strength and the ability to overcome any adversity.”

For more information on Empire State Building tower lightings, please visit www.esbnyc.com/about/tower-lights/calendar.

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. (ESRT: NYSE), is the “World’s Most Famous Building.” 2021 marks the building’s 90th anniversary as an iconic landmark in the heart of New York City.

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 is part of ESRT’s 10.1 million square feet portfolio.  ESRT is a leader in energy efficiency in the built environment and sustainability, and is the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types, focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address a COVID-19 environment now and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.

ESRT has earned the highest possible GRESB 5 Star Rating and Green Star recognition, and score of 88, in the 2020 GRESB Real Estate Assessment, an achievement that places ESRT in the top 20% of all respondents.  GRESB is recognized globally as a rigorous standard widely recognized as one of the best measures of sustainability performance of real estate companies and funds.

The 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. Empire State Building was ranked the #1 New York City Attraction onLonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List 2nd edition. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, www.twitter.com/empirestatebldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, www.weibo.com/empirestatebuilding, www.youtube.com/esbnyc, www.tiktok.com/@empirestatebldg or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg.

About Empire State Realty Trust 

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) 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.” ESRT is a leader in energy efficiency in the built environment and sustainability and is the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types, focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address a COVID-19 environment now and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.

In its first year of submission, ESRT has earned the highest possible GRESB 5 Star Rating and Green Star recognition, and score of 88, in the 2020 GRESB Real Estate Assessment, an achievement that places ESRT in the top 20% of all respondents.  GRESB is recognized globally as a rigorous standard widely recognized as one of the best measures of sustainability performance of real estate companies and funds.

The Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of  September 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 iHeartMedia New York

iHeartMedia New York owns and operates WHTZ-FM, WKTU-FM, WAXQ-FM, WWPR-FM, WLTW-FM, WOR-AM, WWRL-AM and is a part of iHeartMedia. 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 160 markets nationwide; through its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; other digital products and newsletters; 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.

Empire State Realty Trust Renews Trexquant at First Stamford Place

NEW YORK CITY, Jan. 5, 2020 – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announced today that Trexquant Investment, a quantitative investment firm, renewed its lease at First Stamford Place for 9,805 square feet.

“ESRT is happy to extend our relationship with Trexquant,” said Jeffrey H. Newman, senior vice president of ESRT. “Our entire portfolio is the first in North America to be certified under the WELL Health-Safety Rating, and recently achieved a 5 Star Rating from GRESB. With these certifications, ESRT’s overall leadership in Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), and First Stamford Place’s direct access off I-95 with proximity to the Stamford Transportation Center, the property serves as the ideal location for companies to recruit and retain employees from across the tri-state area.”

Torey Walsh from Newmark Knight Frank represented Trexquant in the lease negotiations. Jeffrey H. Newman and Kimberly Zaccagnino represented ESRT along with Jay Hruska, Steve Baker, Bill Montague, and John Altieri from Cushman & Wakefield.

About Empire State Realty Trust 

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) 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.” ESRT is a leader in energy efficiency in the built environment and sustainability and is the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types, focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address a COVID-19 environment now and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.

In its first year of submission, ESRT has earned the highest possible GRESB 5 Star Rating and Green Star recognition, and score of 88, in the 2020 GRESB Real Estate Assessment, an achievement that places ESRT in the top 20% of all respondents.  GRESB is recognized globally as a rigorous standard widely recognized as one of the best measures of sustainability performance of real estate companies and funds.

The Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of  September 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. 

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Empire State Realty Trust Achieves Fitwel Certification Across 6.7 Million Square Feet for Six of its New York City Properties

New York, NY (Dec. 17, 2020) — Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE: ESRT) announced today that six of its properties have achieved Fitwel certification and that ESRT is a Fitwel Champion. ESRT’s Fitwel certified properties represent 6.7 million square feet and approximately 83 percent of ESRT’s New York City portfolio of properties.  

Fitwel is a rigorous third-party healthy building certification system operated by the Center for Active Design (CfAD). Fitwel was created as a joint initiative between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA) to set the industry standard for evidence-based strategies that promote positive health outcomes for building occupants and communities. Fitwel translates global scientific and industry expertise into practical approaches that address our greatest health challenges.

The Empire State Building, 111 West 33rd Street, 1350 Broadway, and 1400 Broadway have all earned Fitwel 2 Star Ratings, while One Grand Central Place and 250 West 57th Street have earned Fitwel 1 Star Ratings. These Fitwel certifications were awarded to ESRT for its leadership in health and sustainability achievements, which include:

  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Walkability and proximity to transit
  • A comprehensive Green Purchase Policy
  • Access to clean water refill stations
  • Ground floor amenities such as retail and food establishments
  • Fitness and dedicated conference facilities
  • Informative health programs for tenants and employees
  • A comprehensive emergency preparedness plan

A model of how to ease business’ efforts to return employees to work, ESRT’s pathway for tenants’ confident return to their offices aims to restore company culture, increase productivity, and drive the bottom line.

“ESRT believes healthy, high-performance buildings have the power to improve employee productivity and wellness. We are a leader in sustainability, health, and wellness in office spaces and are pioneers in the optimization of the tenant and employee experience. ESRT’s strategies and technologies allow employees to return to the office with confidence,” said Dana Robbins Schneider, SVP of Energy, Sustainability and ESG at ESRT. “Our Fitwel certifications reinforce ESRT leadership and commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards leadership.”

For over a decade, ESRT has consistently ensured the highest quality of the in-building experience for its employees and tenants. A leader in the energy efficiency and sustainability domain, ESRT is a recent recipient of the GRESB 5 Star Rating, widely recognized as the most rigorous standard for the sustainability performance of real estate companies and their funds. ESRT announced that in its first year of submission to GRESB, the company received the highest possible GRESB 5 Star Rating and Green Star recognition. With a score of 88 in the 2020 GRESB Real Estate Assessment, ESRT’s achievement places the company in the top 20% of all respondents. 

ESRT is also the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans, and stakeholder education to address a COVID-19 environment now and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.

Joanna Frank, President, and CEO of CfAD stated, “We are excited to welcome ESRT as a Fitwel Champion and congratulate ESRT on certification across many of their assets, including the world-famous Empire State Building. ESRT has long been an industry leader with great influence, and this successful implementation of Fitwel across their existing assets brings greater awareness to the critical area of health and wellness, providing inspiration for the entire commercial real estate industry.”

About Empire State Realty Trust 

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) 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.” ESRT is a leader in energy efficiency in the built environment and sustainability and is the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types, focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address a COVID-19 environment now and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.

In its first year of submission, ESRT has earned the highest possible GRESB 5 Star Rating and Green Star recognition, and score of 88, in the 2020 GRESB Real Estate Assessment, an achievement that places ESRT in the top 20% of all respondents.  GRESB is recognized globally as a rigorous standard widely recognized as one of the best measures of sustainability performance of real estate companies and funds.

The Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of  September 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 Fitwel and the Center for Active Design

In just three years, Fitwel has become the leading global health certification system, seeing a dramatic uptick in use, with 80% growth in certifications annually. Generated by expert analysis of over 5,600 academic research studies, Fitwel is implementing a vision for a healthier future where all buildings and communities are enhanced to strengthen health and well-being. Fitwel was created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. General Services Administration. The Center for Active Design, a global not-for-profit organization, was selected as the licensed operator of Fitwel, charged with expanding Fitwel to the global market.

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Empire State Realty Trust Expands ClearView Healthcare Partners at 111 West 33rd Street

NEW YORK CITY, December 17, 2020 – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announced today that ClearView Healthcare Partners, a global strategy firm with consultants who serve the life science sector, signed a new eleven-year lease at 111 West 33rd Street for 39,067 square feet. The space was recaptured by ESRT from a prior tenant and fulfills the expansion needs of ClearView Healthcare Partners, who currently occupy 10,539 square feet at the property.

“It is great to expand an excellent tenant, ClearView Healthcare Partners, at 111 West 33rd Street,” said Thomas Durels, EVP, Real Estate.  “ClearView knows that they can return to the office with confidence with ESRT’s leadership in Indoor Environmental Quality.  ESRT’s portfolio is the first in North America to be certified under the WELL Health-Safety Rating, in addition to our advanced health and safety protocols and energy efficiency leadership.”

David Stockel and Brian Mackenzie from CBRE, Inc. represented ClearView Healthcare Partners in the deal. Keith Cody provided landlord representation from ESRT with 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) 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.” ESRT is a leader in energy efficiency in the built environment and sustainability and is the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types, focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address a COVID-19 environment now and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.

In its first year of submission, ESRT has earned the highest possible GRESB 5 Star Rating and Green Star recognition, and score of 88, in the 2020 GRESB Real Estate Assessment, an achievement that places ESRT in the top 20% of all respondents.  GRESB is recognized globally as a rigorous standard widely recognized as one of the best measures of sustainability performance of real estate companies and funds.

The Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of  September 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. 

Forward-Looking Statements

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Empire State Realty Trust Announces Grant H Hill to Join Board of Directors

NEW YORK – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) (the “Company”) today announced that Grant H. Hill has joined its Board of Directors, effective November 30. Grant H. Hill’s appointment to the Company’s Board of Directors fills a newly created vacancy on the Board following the Board’s decision to increase its size from eight to nine directors.

Mr. Hill is an owner and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club. Mr. Hill has invested in and developed more than $200 million of commercial real estate through Hill Ventures, Inc. He is the co-founder and a member of the investment committee of Penta Mezzanine Fund, a private investment firm that provides customized growth capital solutions to profitable, lower-middle-market companies nationwide.

He is an independent member of the Board of Governors of the NCAA, a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of the NBA Retired Players Association and a member of the Board of Governors for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, amongst other professional and extensive community and not-for-profit involvements. He earned a B.A. in History from Duke University. Mr. Hill is one of the greatest college and professional basketball players of all time, and an Olympic gold medal winner.

“Grant’s leadership and team skills, experience in branding, and entrepreneurial successes will add value to our Board and assist the brand development of our Observatory business,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Empire State Realty Trust’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our Board refreshment over the last 24 months has added digital commerce and real estate investment expertise, and we are fortunate to welcome Grant and his valuable experience and insight to our Board of Directors.”

“I am delighted to join Empire State Realty Trust’s Board of Directors and such an accomplished leadership team,” said Mr. Hill. “Empire State Realty Trust is an innovative company that has me excited to work with this exceptional Board to help influence its future.”

About Empire State Realty Trust

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) 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.” ESRT is a leader in energy efficiency in the built environment and sustainability, and is the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types, focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address a COVID-19 environment now and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.

ESRT has earned the highest possible GRESB 5 Star Rating and Green Star recognition, and score of 88, in the 2020 GRESB Real Estate Assessment, an achievement that places ESRT in the top 20% of all respondents. GRESB is recognized globally as a rigorous standard widely recognized as one of the best measures of sustainability performance of real estate companies and funds.

The Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of September 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.

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Empire State Realty Trust Achieves GRESB 5 Star Rating in First Year of Participation

November 24, 2020 – In its first year of submission to GRESB, Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE: ESRT) earned the highest possible GRESB 5 Star Rating and Green Star recognition, and score of 88, in the 2020 GRESB Real EstateAssessment, an achievement that places ESRT in the top 20% of all respondents.

ESRT to date has never submitted its work on Energy Efficiency, Sustainability, and Indoor Environmental Quality.  To achieve this result in our first year is a testament to our more than a decade of work and the leadership of Dana Robbins Schneider, our SVP, Energy and Sustainability and Director of ESG,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman, President, and CEO.

GRESB is recognized globally as a rigorous standard widely recognized as one of the best measures of sustainability performance of real estate companies and funds. This recognition and inclusion in the top five of one of the most competitive GRESB peer groups in the United States demonstrates ESRT’s industry leadership and innovative approach to environmental, social, and governance practices (ESG) in the real estate industry. 

ESRT is proud to rank approximately 10 points higher than our peer group average and almost 20 points higher than the global GRESB Average in its first year of submission. ESRT achieved an A rating, which is the highest possible score on GRESB Public Disclosure. GRESB Public Disclosure evaluates performance of over 450 listed property companies and REITs and evaluates indicators aligned with the GRESB Real Estate Assessment.

Empire State Realty Trust’s portfolio is comprised of over 10.1 million square feet, which includes the iconic, global landmark, the Empire State Building. This achievement validates ESRT’s commitment to sustainability and proven performance in energy, water, waste, and greenhouse gas emissions. ESRT is also the first portfolio in the US to earn the WELL Health-Safety Rating, a science and evidence-based validation that ESRT has implemented the highest standard of health and safety measures. The rating aligns with ESRT’s commitment to Indoor Environment Quality and intensive proactive response to the global pandemic. ESRT has publicly announced sustainability goals and is the most energy-efficient REIT in New York City.

Each year GRESB assesses and benchmarks the ESG performance of real assets worldwide. The GRESB Assessments are guided by what investors and the industry consider to be material issues in the sustainability performance of real asset investments and are aligned with international reports on frameworks, goals, and emergent regulations.

“To achieve a GRESB 5 Star designation in the first submission year, while extremely rare, is exactly where I expected to find Empire State Realty Trust,” remarked Dan Winters GRESB Head of Americas. “Their leadership, thoughtful approach to energy efficiency and environmental-friendly outcomes puts the firm at the top of the 2020 global benchmark.”   “Sustainability is ingrained into who we are and what we do every day. We leverage our embedded sustainability expertise and engagement in the industry to define sustainability in real estate. As leaders in ESG, our practices drive our company’s strategy and deliver long-term value for our investors, shareholders, tenants, employees, and the communities where we live and work.  ESRT is part of the fabric of New York City, and is committed to the integration of impactful ESG practices in every aspect of our business,” said Dana Robbins Schneider, SVP of Energy and Sustainability and Director of ESG.

About Empire State Realty Trust 

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) 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.” ESRT is a leader in energy efficiency in the built environment and sustainability, and is the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types, focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address a COVID-19 environment now and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.  The Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of  September 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 GRESB

GRESB is a mission-driven and investor-led organization providing standardized and validated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data to the capital markets. Established in 2009, GRESB has become the leading ESG benchmark for real estate and infrastructure investments across the world. In 2020 alone, more than 1,200 real estate portfolios reported to GRESB covering more than 96,000 assets. Our coverage for infrastructure includes more than 540 infrastructure portfolios and assets. Combined, the reported assets represent US $5.3 trillion AUM. The data is used by more than 100 institutional and financial investors to monitor investments across portfolios and navigate the strategic choices needed for the industry to transition to a more sustainable future.

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Empire State Building Observatory This Holiday Season

Holiday windows to feature LEGO STAR WARS™ sets

New York, NY, November 18, 2020 – The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced the details of its annual holiday festivities. Guests who purchase tickets to visit the world-famous 86th and 102nd Floor Observatories will see more than just the iconic views. This holiday season take Lonely Planet’s recommendation and visit the Empire State Building’s Observatory ranked New York City’s #1 attraction.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Star Wars™ fans young and old to visit the ESB Observatory. ESB’s seasonal Fifth Avenue window display, visible only to ESB tenants and ESB Observatory visitors on their exit from the Observatory, features 3D LEGO® models of the Star Wars construction sets which include the AT-AT, Snowspeeder™, The Child™, The Razor Crest™, Sith TIE Fighter™, Poe Dameron’s X-wing Fighter™, and the Millennium Falcon™ sets, placed in a winter wonderland with LED lights that dazzle. The modern window will also be decorated with clean geometric shapes and textures, as well as a video screen which plays celebratory LEGO® Star Wars holiday video scenes.

ESB’s holiday season will also be celebrated with a first-ever photo opportunity for family holiday portraits. From November 30 – December 4, families and guests are invited to make the Empire State Building the backdrop of their 2020-2021 holiday card. Upon a purchase of a premium ticket to the 102nd floor Observatory, guests will choose a time slot to have their professional photo taken on the Grand Staircase in the Observatory lobby. Strike a pose, smile, and capture your family in front of the Empire State Building model illuminated in festive red and green. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.esbnyc.com/buy-tickets/2020-holiday-promotion

“We are thrilled to be reopened and a part of New Yorkers’ holiday plans this year—there is no better time to visit the world-famous Empire State Building. With our $165 million reimagined Observatory Experience and new safety protocols which includes reduced capacity and timed ticketing, guests are welcome to experience the joy of the holiday season from the heart of New York City,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, President of the Observatory. 

While the weather outside may be frightful, guests to our world-famous 86th Floor Observatory will stay warm with heat lamps installed throughout the open-air, 360-degree deck.

Throughout the holiday season, ESB will be decked with holiday decorations and tower lights that will illuminate the New York City skyline in celebration of Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

For the full tower light schedule, please visit http://www.esbnyc.com/explore/tower-lights/calendar.

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) 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.” ESRT is a leader in energy efficiency in the built environment and sustainability and is the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types, focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address a COVID-19 environment now and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.  The Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of September 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. 

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Empire State Building & iHeart Radio Unwrap Carrie Underwood’s Christmas Album ‘My Gift’ For Annual Holiday Light Show

New York, NY (November 11, 2020)Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) and iHeartMedia today announced that the annual Empire State Building (ESB) holiday music-to-light show will feature Carrie Underwood’s new song “Hallelujah” with John Legend, from her first-ever Christmas album My Gift.

World-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman choreographed the festive light show, which premieres on Saturday, December 19 and will be synced live each night at 8:00 p.m. through Friday, December 25 to a broadcast of the song on iHeartRadio’s Z100 and LiteFM. Viewers outside of the New York City area can tune in to watch the show live via Earthcam at https://www.esbnyc.com/earthcam-empire-state-building. A video of the entire show will also be posted on the Empire State Building’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/esbnyc) immediately following its debut on Saturday, December 19. 

“The Empire State Building’s lights are the icon of New York City’s night sky. Our light shows to music attract millions of eyes and hearts — none more popular than our annual holiday light show that has grown to become the anticipated and dazzling display of the holiday season,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman, President, and CEO of ESRT. “ESB and iHeartMedia will  brighten the holidays in our great city and around the globe via our YouTube channel, remind the world that New York City is alive and kicking, and will be here to welcome back the world for excitement in person in years to come, and as we celebrate Carrie Underwood’s first holiday album with this amazing duet by Carrie and John Legend.”

“Hallelujah” is a new original track from Carrie Underwood’s debut holiday album My Gift, which released on September 25 and is available everywhere now. The Grammy Award-winning superstar joined forces with John Legend, to record the new track, which was written by Legend and Toby Gad. The 11-track album includes a mix of holiday classics and several new original tracks.

 “I’m honored to be able to join the Empire State Building for this wonderful tradition,” said Underwood.  “More than ever, it’s a time to embrace the hopefulness and joy of the holiday season, and to share that magic with people around the globe.”

“I am excited to have New York’s Christmas Station, 106.7 LITE FM be the home, once again, for this highly anticipated light show atop the Empire State Building with Carrie Underwood’s new song, “Hallelujah” with John Legend.  It’s a staple in our beautiful city skyline at Christmastime and we look forward to it each year,” says Chris Conley, Program Director 106.7 LITE FM

The ESB music-to-light show is the giant bow on top of the Empire State Building’s gift to New York City: the months-long holiday celebration featuring classic decorations and its world-famous tower lights. This year, ESB will unveil a special holiday window display with LEGO that showcases the Star Wars Holiday Special. For the first time, ESB will also give families and friends a chance to snap the perfect photo for their 2020-2021 holiday card. With the purchase of a premium ticket to the 102nd Floor Observatory, guests will have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken on the Grand Staircase with a festive display. And be sure to look up, New Yorkers! Throughout the holiday season, ESB will be spreading joy with another year of beloved themed light shows for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year’s Eve.

To contribute to the holiday excitement, use the hashtag #ESBUnwrapped on social media channels.

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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.comwww.facebook.com/empirestatebuildinghttps://twitter.com/empirestatebldgwww.instagram.com/empirestatebldghttp://weibo.com/empirestatebuildingwww.youtube.com/esbnychttps://www.tiktok.com/@empirestatebldg or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg

About Empire State Realty Trust

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) 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.” ESRT is a leader in energy efficiency in the built environment and sustainability, and is the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types, focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address a COVID-19 environment now and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.  The Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of  September 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 Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, film, and now books, as a New York Times bestselling author.  She has sold more than 64 million records worldwide and has recorded 27 #1 singles, 14 of which she co-wrote, while continuing to sell out arena tours across North America and the UK.  Her 2018 release, Cry Pretty, is her seventh album to be certified Platinum or Multi-Platinum by the RIAA, including her Greatest Hits: Decade #1.  On September 25 of this year, Carrie released her eighth album, My Gift, her first-ever Christmas album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country, Christian and Holiday charts in its first week and marked her eighth straight release to debut at #1 on the Billboard Country chart. My Gift also debuted #1 on the UK country chart (her fifth #1 on the chart) and #1 on the Canadian country chart. Additionally, HBO Max will stream an exclusive, all-new holiday special this December, with Carrie performing songs from My Gift with a live orchestra and choir.  The Max Original special will be executive produced by Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks for Playtone, along with Underwood.  She also starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour 2013 holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers, and she returns this Fall for her eighth season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, NBC’s Sunday Night Football.  Last November, she hosted the CMA Awards for the 12th consecutive year. Underwood has won over 100 major awards including 7 GRAMMY® Awards, 15 ACM Awards including three for Entertainer of the Year (the first female in history to win twice and, as of 2020, the only female ever to win three times), 22 CMT Music Awards where she continues to hold the record for the most award wins ever for the show, 7 CMA Awards, and 15 American Music Awards with her 7th win for Favorite Female Artist – Country and 6th win for Favorite Country Album for Cry Pretty, breaking the AMA record for Most Wins in the Favorite Country Album Category. Carrie is the most followed country artist on Instagram and most followed female country artist on Twitter, Facebook and TikTok. She is is a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry and founder/lead designer for her fitness and lifestyle brand, CALIA by Carrie Underwood.  In March  2020, HarperCollins/Dey Street books published Carrie’s first book, FIND YOUR PATH: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life, a fitness lifestyle book in which she shares her belief that fitness is a lifelong journey, providing a common-sense approach to staying active, eating well, and looking as beautiful as you feel, 52 weeks a year.  That same month, Carrie also launched her new fitness app, fit52, which is a holistic wellness platform designed to encourage and support users on their personal wellness journey, and is available on the App Store and on Google Play.

About iHeartMedia New York

iHeartMedia New York owns and operates WHTZ-FM, WKTU-FM, WAXQ-FM, WWPR-FM, WLTW-FM, WOR-AM, WWRL-AM and is a part of iHeartMedia. 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 160 markets nationwide; through its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; other digital products and newsletters; 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:

Chris Bartels | United Entertainment Group (on behalf of the Empire State Building)

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Empire State Realty Trust Welcomes Swedbank to the Empire State Building

NEW YORK CITY, November 9, 2020 – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announced today that Swedbank, a Stockholm-based banking group, signed a 7,905 sq ft. lease on the 45th floor at the Empire State Building.

“We are delighted to welcome Swedbank to the Empire State Building. Our entire portfolio continues to attract top credit businesses, especially international tenants who are particularly focused on our best-in-class Indoor Environmental Quality and Energy Efficiency,” said Thomas Durels, EVP, Real Estate.  “ESRT is the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, and our leadership in Indoor Environmental Quality makes companies comfortable that they can return their employees to the office.” Zev Holzman and Paul Revson from Savills represented Swedbank in the deal. Shanae Ursini provided landlord representation from ESRT along with Paul Glickman, Jonathan Fanuzzi, Simon Landmann, Colleen Hollowood, and Kip Orban from JLL.

MEDIA CONTACT:       

Empire State Realty Trust

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

Play SIMON® On the Empire State Building on Halloween

The iconic landmark launches www.Simon-Live.com, an interactive live game with its tower lights

New York, NY, October 30, 2020 – The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced ESB SIMON®, a new way for families and fans of the Building to join together for a good time as they play the iconic game on ESB’s world-famous tower lights. This Halloween, grab your favorite trick-or-treater and compete LIVE as we take Hasbro Gaming’s fast-paced memory game, SIMON, to new heights.

If you are lucky enough to have one, you can use your view of ESB and join the Building live! In addition to its annual spooky lighting, ESB will test your memory with increasingly complex dynamic patterns in the game’s signature blue, green, yellow, and red as players vie for their name on the live game leaderboard and ultimate bragging rights. Up to 100,000 people can play at once, and the game will be live on the Building from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

How to play:

  • Between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Halloween night, if you’re in New York or New Jersey, look out your window or find your favorite (socially-distanced) view of ESB and open www.Simon-Live.com on your phone. Click on the “let’s play” button and wait for a live game to start. Not local? You can still access the site to play along on your phone.
  • Watch levels of the Empire State Building flash in a series of colors and tones. Tap the Building on your device to repeat the pattern correctly. The longer you play, the more complex the sequences. Make a mistake? No problem! You can keep playing until the game is over.
  • For every correct answer, players climb further up the Empire State Building. Each wrong answer knocks you down. Try to make it to the top of the Building and the top of the leaderboard!

Need to brush up on your memory skills? www.Simon-Live.com will launch Infinite Play mode on October 30 to provide players the chance to practice ahead of the big event on Halloween night. Challenge your friends and family to a friendly game to see where you rank. Infinite Play mode is available any time a live show is not running.  But be careful! In Infinite Play mode, one wrong answer and your game is over.

“The Empire State Building is always looking for new ways to have our fans interact with us. This Halloween, we are excited to share a fun way to engage with not only locals with a view of the tower, but with people across the world,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, President of the Observatory. “While Halloween may look different this year, ESB SIMON® will be a bright light in an otherwise spooky night.”

For more information, please visit http://www.esbnyc.com, www.Simon-Live.com, and http://www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding

Hasbro Gaming and all related terms are trademarks of Hasbro.

Media Contacts:

Alexandra Chernin | 212.736.3100 | achernin@empirestaterealtytrust.com

Bianca Pappas | 212.736.3100 | bpappas@emprestaterealtytrust.com