Central Park’s beautiful Bow Bridge. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, particularly during cherry blossom season. The majestic Cloisters in historic Fort Tryon Park. The rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with its spectacular views of the New York City skyline. The breathtaking Rainbow Room. These are just a few of the Big Apple’s most visited romantic locations. However, the most famous one, of course, is the Empire State Building.
When it opened in 1931, it was the world’s tallest skyscraper at 102 stories – 1,454 feet – tall. It welcomes millions of visitors a year, and is regarded by many as New York City’s biggest celebrity – having starred in movies such as Annie Hall, Auntie Mame, North by Northwest, On the Waterfront, Elf and The Amazine Spiderman 2 as well as the romantic classics An Affair to Remember, Sleepless in Seattle and a love story of a different kind, King Kong – to name just a few.
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While the World’s Most Favorite Office Building is steeped in history and lore as high as its 86th floor Observatory, it is also celebrated as the most romantic Valentine’s Day location in New York City. In fact, every year for the past 21 years, a contest is held to award 100 couples a free Valentine’s Day wedding – the only day of the year in which weddings take place on top of this iconic skyscraper. These couples then become members of the Empire State Building Wedding Club, which entitles them to free admission to the Observatories every Valentine’s Day. The first wedding atop the Empire State Building was held in 1994. Since then hundreds of couples have tied the knot or renewed their vows high above the city’s sidewalks, including former NFL player Rodney Peete and his wife, actress Holly Robinson Peete.
So whether you go there to celebrate Valentine's Day and romance, or any other day to see one of the most beautiful 360-degree views of New York City, you will most certainly fall in love with the Empire State Building.
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