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Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

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Address: 279 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12242-0001
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+1 518-474-2418
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06:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 23:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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In June 1965, the cornerstone was laid for what would become The Governor...

In June 1965, the cornerstone was laid for what would become The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza. Marketed at the time as a "Design for the Future," the Plaza exists today as an icon of 20th century Modernist architecture. The Empire State Plaza features 10 state government buildings set on a six-story platform connected by a quarter mile long underground concourse. The Empire State Plaza is complete with historical attractions, walking tours, modern paintings and sculptures, memorials and remembrances, a performing arts center, 42 story observation deck, ice skating rink during the winter and plenty of music and other entertainment in the summer and fall.

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Really a supportive infrastructure, but helpful for visits nearby

The Mall in and of itself is not really a destination. In winter there is ice skating, so come for that if you like. In summer concerts one or two evenings a week plus the July 4... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 December 2016
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Albany, New York
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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just in the middle of New York state museum and New York state capitol building. Stopped by at The egg for some pictures fill your stomach at food trucks nearby. Beautiful plaza with the big great fountain in the middle.

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new york
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Futuristic and aesthetically pleasing, the Plaza is a wonderful resource. It is in fact one of a very few things the city of Albany has going for it. It adjacent to the capital as well as the NYS museum. There are severl modern art pieces that are wonderful and the foreign war memorials should not be missed. There are food... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Love these buildings. Just a fun place to see fire works, skating or go to it's many festivals. Take the elevator up Corning Tower on a clear day

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Rotterdam, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Clean and Friendly with lots of things to see, museum, capitol, observation deck, gardens, walk ways.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

I was a teenager when what we then called "The South Mall" was being built. Many of us didn't realize until much later how disruptive this development was to the neighborhood that it crushed (there is an excellent documentary on it), and then when it was completed it looked so outlandish that many were dismayed and outraged (see The Shock... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

The Mall in and of itself is not really a destination. In winter there is ice skating, so come for that if you like. In summer concerts one or two evenings a week plus the July 4 fireworks show. The ESP (Empire State Plaza) has a variety of restaurants one floor below surface, restrooms, places to sit, outlets to recharge... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I never thought it can be that stunning people by the way we build the government building. It is absolutely beautiful and iconic than what I have ever seen. Nice place, nice design.

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Clifton Park, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Rockefeller art collection belongs to the citizens of the state of New York. This is a stunning collection of about 80 pieces of mid-20th century modernist art. The artworks can be seen in the concourse (below ground), the plaza level, and in the State Museum. Some information on the artwork can be found at the gift shops and museum's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

What a statement, this large Plaza is a testament to the city, like a modern day Roman statement of powers and influence. Love photographing the towers and The Egg

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We visited this area and travelled to the 42nd floor to enjoy the views of Albany and surrounding areas. An added bonus is that admission to the Tower is free.

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