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The Empire State Building Observatory #1 Attraction in the World in Tripadvisor 2024 Travelers’ Choice Awards

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The Empire State Building Observatory #1 Attraction in the World in Tripadvisor 2024 Travelers’ Choice Awards
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The Empire State Building Observatory #1 Attraction in the World in Tripadvisor 2024 Travelers’ Choice Awards

2024-06-26 03:16 Last Updated At:03:20

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 25, 2024--

The Empire State Building (ESB) announced today that it was named the #1 Attraction in the World in Tripadvisor’s 2024 Travelers’ Choice Awards: Best of the Best Things to Do, and #1 Attraction in the U.S. for the third consecutive year.

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The Empire State Building Observatory has more than 60,000 5-star reviews. Guests say they are wowed by the authenticity of the “World’s Most Famous Building,” its interactive exhibits, and incredible views. Reviewers deem a visit to be a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience and one of the best things to do in New York City.

“The Empire State Building Observatory is the most authentic New York City attraction, and this incredible global recognition is further proof that our decision to require reservations and avoid crowds at our reimagined Observatory Experience has been a huge success,” said Anthony E. Malkin, chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust. “The only problem is that I promised to take a pie in the face if we won #1 a third time, so now I have to choose my flavor!”

The Empire State Building Observatory recently underwent a $165 million reimagination that included the addition of a dedicated visitors entrance, an immersive museum with nine galleries, brand-new, bespoke Observatory Host uniforms, and a new 102 nd Floor Observatory with unmatched views. ESB continually generates global attention and engages with broad audiences to nurture strong affinity with fans through viral social content and major activations with partners like HBO’s “House of the Dragon,”Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 x WhatsApp, Outward Bound, and “Star Wars.”

“After two years topping the US list, it is exciting to see the Empire State Building claim the number one spot on the world stage,” said Kristen Dalton, president, Tripadvisor. “Winners of Tripadvisor’s coveted Best of the Best awards are among the top 1% of listings on our site and are chosen based on reviews from engaged travelers, which make this win an incredible achievement.”

To celebrate the honor, the Empire State Building’s world-famous tower lights will shine in Tripadvisor Green on June 25.

More information about the Empire State Building Observatory can be found online.

About the Empire State Building
The Empire State Building, the “World's Most Famous Building," owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT: NYSE), soars 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna. The $165 million reimagination of the Empire State Building Observatory Experience creates an all-new experience with a dedicated guest entrance, an interactive museum with nine galleries, and a redesigned 102 nd Floor Observatory with floor-to-ceiling windows. The journey to the world-famous 86 th Floor Observatory, the only 360-degree, open-air observatory with views of New York and beyond, orients visitors for their entire New York City experience and covers everything from the building's iconic history to its current place in pop culture. The Empire State Building Observatory Experience welcomes millions of visitors each year and was declared "America's Favorite Building" by the American Institute of Architects, the world's most popular travel destination by Uber, the #1 attraction in the US for the second year in a row in Tripadvisor’s 2023 Travelers’ Choice Awards: Best of the Best, and the #1 New York City attraction in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List.

Since 2011, the building has been fully powered by renewable wind electricity, and its many floors house a diverse array of office tenants such as LinkedIn and Shutterstock, as well as retail options like STATE Grill and Bar, Tacombi, and Starbucks. For more information and Observatory Experience tickets visit esbnyc.com or follow the building's Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, Weibo, YouTube, or TikTok.

Source: Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.
Category: Observatory

View from the 102nd Floor Observatory (Photo: Business Wire)

View from the 102nd Floor Observatory (Photo: Business Wire)

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A meteor streaked over the NYC skyline before disintegrating over New Jersey

2024-07-18 01:26 Last Updated At:01:30

NEW YORK (AP) — A meteor streaked over the New York City skyline before disintegrating over nearby New Jersey, according to NASA.

William Cooke, the head of the space agency's Meteoroid Environments Office, said the fireball was first sighted at an altitude of 51 miles (82 kilometers) above Manhattan at around 11:17 a.m. Tuesday.

The meteor passed over the southern part of Newark, New Jersey, before disintegrating 31 miles (50 kilometers) above the town of Mountainside, he said. No meteorites or other fragments of space debris reached the planet's surface.

The space rock moved at a speed of about 41,000 mph (66,000 kph) and descended at a relatively steep angle of 44 degrees from vertical, Cooke said.

Its exact trajectory is uncertain, since reports are based only on eyewitness accounts and no camera or satellite data is currently available, he said.

As of Wednesday morning, there had been approximately 40 eyewitness reports filed on the American Meteor Society website, which the agency used to generate its estimates, Cooke said.

The fireball was not part of the Perseid meteor shower, and reports of loud booms and shaking could be explained by military aircraft in the vicinity around the time of its appearance, he said.

Cooke said the New York City area gets treated to a daylight fireball every year or two.

NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office said in a Facebook post that small rocks like the one that produced Tuesday’s fireball are only about a foot (a third of a meter) in diameter and can’t remain intact all the way to the ground.

FILE - People look out at the New York City skyline at sunset, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Jersey City, N.J. A meteor streaked across the New York City skyline before disintegrating over nearby New Jersey, according to NASA. William Cooke, the head of the space agency's Meteoroid Environments Office, said the fireball was first sighted at an altitude of 51 miles (82 kilometers) above Manhattan at around 11:17 a.m. Tuesday, Juky 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson, File)

FILE - People look out at the New York City skyline at sunset, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Jersey City, N.J. A meteor streaked across the New York City skyline before disintegrating over nearby New Jersey, according to NASA. William Cooke, the head of the space agency's Meteoroid Environments Office, said the fireball was first sighted at an altitude of 51 miles (82 kilometers) above Manhattan at around 11:17 a.m. Tuesday, Juky 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson, File)

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