You’re Invited to The Empire State Building’s 90th Birthday Celebration

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New York City’s world-famous Empire State Building is turning 90, and you’re invited to take part in its birthday celebration!

This towering fixture of the Manhattan skyline official hits the 90-year mark on Saturday, May 1, but don’t worry if you’re not in town that day. The Empire State Building’s birthday celebrations will last all year long.

“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,” Anthony E. Malkin, chairman, president, and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, said in a statement shared with Travel + Leisure. “We will continue to innovate and push boundaries in technology, sustainability, and tourism to ensure that the Empire State Building remains America’s Favorite Building for the next 90 years as well.”

Guests who attend the Empire State Building will receive a number of perks depending on the time of their visit. They can also enjoy the brand new “90 in 90 Tour,” which sums up the buildings amazing, 90-year history in the span of 90 minutes.

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“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,” president of the Empire State Building Observatory, Jean-Yves Ghazi, said in a statement shared with Travel + Leisure.

As Ghazi says, New York City is currently in the process of reopening, with most restrictions expected to subside by July 1.

“Our plan is to fully reopen New York City on July 1. We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength,” New York City mayor Bill De Blasio said this week. “We have poured over the science and the data. This is going to be the summer of New York City. You’re going to see amazing activities, cultural activities coming back. I think people are going to flock to New York City because they want to live again.”

“I think the best way to proceed here is to set out the city’s vision,” De Blasio added. “We’re going to work with the federal government, we’re going to work with the state government, but it’s quite clear it’s time to set a goal and move on that goal.”

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