The tallest building in the world from its construction until 1970, the Empire State Building is one of New York City’s most iconic skyscrapers. It’s long been one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, and our New York City personal injury lawyers think tourists and locals should experience the view from the observation deck at least once. There is plenty to see beyond the building’s famous facade. Some highlights you can expect to experience during your trip to the Empire State Building include:

Main Deck: 86th Floor

If you’re planning to visit the top deck on the 102nd floor, we highly recommend making a stop at the 86th Floor Observation Deck first. This is the highest open-air observatory in New York and one of the most famous observatories in the world. Scenes from countless movies and television series have taken place here, along with millions upon millions of personal experiences. The Observation Deck is wrapped around the spire and offers 360-degree views of the city and nearby areas. You’ll also be treated to unique perspectives of some of New York City’s most important landmarks and geographical features, including Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and the Hudson River and East River.

Top Deck: 102nd Floor

After taking in the sights of the 86th Floor Observatory, take the elevator 16 floors up to the 102nd floor. While the 86th Floor may be more famous, the top deck on the 102nd floor offers the maximum panoramic views of the city. You won’t be taking a normal elevator up here though – instead, you’ll be treated to a ride on the manually operated Otis elevator. And you won’t be counting floors, as the elevator instead has an altitude meter. Your operator will be knowledgeable about the building, so make sure to ask plenty of questions.

Dare to Dream Exhibit

If you’re looking to learn more about the history of the planning and construction of the Empire State Building, you should definitely visit the Dare to Dream exhibit. This large exhibit takes you on a journey through the history, engineering, and construction of this world-famous skyscraper. Highlights include original documents such as period photographs, architectural drawings, construction notes, and daily bookkeeping documents. You’ll also find reproductions of photos and objects from the over 3,400 workers who helped create the building.

Sustainability Exhibit

While the Empire State Building may be an older skyscraper, they’re making sustainability improvements to build their structure into the 21st century. In 2009, they began a sustainability retrofit. Once this program is completed, the ESB will reduce their total energy uses by over 38 percent, energy costs by $4.4 million each year, and carbon emissions by 105,000 metric tons over the next 15 years.

The Sustainability Exhibit is in the 2nd-floor queue and helps tell the story of this ambitious project. It showcases the world-class technology and processes that made the project possible and tells the story of how it all went down. Visitors learn this story by interacting with digital displays, sculptures, and actual building materials.