Empire State Realty Trust, Turkish Airlines and the Challenged Athletes Foundation to Ring the NYSE Opening Bell

New York, NY (January 30, 2018) – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a real estate investment trust with office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, today announced its executives, joined by representatives from Turkish Airlines and athletes from the Challenged Athletes Foundation, will ring the NYSE Opening Bell® this morning in celebration of the 41st Annual Empire State Building Run-Up (ESBRU) Presented by Turkish Airlines Powered by the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which will take place February 7, 2018.

Present at the NYSE Opening Bell ceremony are: 
• John B. Kessler, President and Chief Operating Officer; David A. Karp, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Thomas P. Durels, Executive Vice President, Real Estate; and Audrey Pass, Chief Marketing Officer (Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.)

• Cenk Ocal, General Manager; Abdullah Bugra Erarslan, Marketing Manager; Yunus Ali Yagci, Accounting Manager; Samet Okumus, Accounting Manager; and Aydin Zekirovski, Marketing Representative (Turkish Airlines)

• Doug Olson, Senior Director of Development; Scott L. Stackman, CAF Board Member; Justin Model. Advisory Board; Rudy Garcia-Tolson, CAF Challenged Athlete; and Brandon Holiday, CAF Challenged Athlete (Challenged Athletes Foundation)

The ringing of the NYSE Opening Bell highlights the partnership between Empire State Realty Trust and Turkish Airlines in their first year of collaboration on the ESBRU, which is known as the pinnacle event in global tower running. 

Returning as the official charity partner of the ESBRU is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). Twenty five runners will participate and fundraise in support of CAF’s work to help people with physical challenges access sports and an active lifestyle. Five challenged athletes from across the country will race up the 1,576 steps and 86 floors.

The Opening Bell will ring at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time and can be viewed live on the NYSE’s website at https://nyse.nyx.com/the-bell/todays-bells-live. Photos and video of the NYSE Bell Ringing Ceremony will be available, courtesy of the NYSE, on Facebook (@NYSE)and Twitter (@NYSE).

About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world’s most famous building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of September 30, 2017, consisting of 9.4 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 700,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio.