One of New York’s most popular attractions, the Empire State Building, will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2021. As COVID-19 numbers in the state fall due to the vaccination efforts and with New York City plans to reopen on July 1, 2021, the United States’ most famous skyscraper will be pulling out all the stops for turning the big 9-0.
“With New York reopened as of July 1, we look forward to visits from our fans near and far who can safely travel to celebrate this important anniversary,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, president of the Empire State Building Observatory, in a press release.
The iconic building will reveal some new features, so tourists and New Yorkers alike will be able to enjoy something new.
A $165 million renovation of the 86th-floor observatory that was completed in 2019 now includes a 10,000-square-foot museum created to tell the story of the 90-year old building from its roots during the Great Depression using modern technology and media. Other exhibits will be located on the newly renovated 80th floor, and the 102nd floor has a new observatory with floor-to-ceiling windows.
From May until December 2021, visitors can participate in the new VIP “90 in 90” tour, which provides a personal “ambassador” to guide them through the 90-year history of the monument in just 90 minutes.
After previous remodels, the Empire State Building has made subtle changes to return to its original glory. By investing in a new coat of silver paint and removing some antennas, it’s almost like new.
The Empire State Building has also implemented changes to be COVID-19 conscious. The use of air-purifying MERV 13 filters and AtmosAir ionization air filtration technology will help indoor air quality. It’s also the first nationally recognized building to achieve the Health-Safety Rating for its procedures and protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Over the past 90 years, the Empire State Building has been the undisputed landmark of the New York City skyline, with its iconic tower lights that shine as a symbol of hope, strength and perseverance,” said Anthony E. Malkin, chairman, president, and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT).
And after a taxing pandemic, hope is something we all need.