Empire State Building is treating couples to a free photoshoot at its iconic observatory

September 30, 2020

Photo courtesy of the Empire Realty Trust

One of the city’s most romantic spots, both in the movies and in real life, is offering couples a free photoshoot. The Empire State Building will treat twosomes to a free photo session from a professional photographer at the iconic skyscraper’s 86th-floor observatory. On October 10, visitors will receive a complimentary photoshoot with the price of admission to the main observatory.

The open-air observation deck wraps around the tower’s 86th floor and boasts views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond. The observatory has provided a romantic setting for many movies and TV shows, including An Affair to Remember, Sleepless in Seattle, and many others.

Because the coronavirus pandemic forced many wedding cancelations and changes, the Empire State Building wanted to give couples the chance to commemorate a wedding ceremony or a recent engagement from 1,050 feet above New York City. One lucky couple will also be selected to win a free wedding at the skyscraper on Valentine’s Day 2021.

“For close to ninety years, the Empire State Building has been the star of many love stories–both on-screen and off,” Jean-Yves Ghazi, president of the observatory, said in a press release. “This year, we wanted to make couples our focus by opening the Observation Deck to locals looking for the perfect place to celebrate their relationship alongside their love of New York City.

“So on 10.10.20, grab your tickets and visit us for the best backdrop New York has to offer.”

To take advantage of the deal, visitors must purchase tickets to the 86th-floor observatory for October 10 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and sign up for the free photoshoot, which will include up to five photos. Tickets cost $42 for adults, $40 for seniors, and $36 for children and can be purchased here.

After closing its public spaces in March because of COVID-19, the Empire State Building reopened this summer at a limited capacity and with a new air purification system.


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