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Erastus Corning II Tower, Albany

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Observation Deck · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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The Erastus Corning Tower, also known as the Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd Tower or simply the Corning Tower, is a skyscraper located in downtown Albany, New York. Completed in 1973 and sided with Vermont Pearl marble and glass, the state office building is part of the Empire State Plaza. At 589 feet (180 m) and 44 stories in height, it is the tallest skyscraper in the state of New York outside of New York City. Erastus Corning 2nd, the building's namesake, was the mayor of Albany for over 40 years from 1941 to 1983. The tower was dedicated to him in March 1983 during his hospitalization. Before that dedication, it was known as the "Tower Building".

The Corning Tower houses the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Office of General Services. Two New York State Department of Transportation traffic cameras are located on the building to monitor nearby traffic conditions. From 2000 to 2004, it was the tallest structure in the World Almanac's list of "Other Tall Buildings in North American Cities".
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  • We actually went to the observation deck twice in 2 days. The first day was wet and cloudy, the next glorious sunshine. Both days gave a different feel to the area and were both equally as... 
    We actually went to the observation deck twice in 2 days. The first day was wet and cloudy, the next glorious sunshine. Both days gave a different feel to the area and were both equally as...  more »
  • We missed going here the first day as they close at 4pm. So we went up the next day. Beautiful panoramic view of the city. We also liked that it was free. 
    We missed going here the first day as they close at 4pm. So we went up the next day. Beautiful panoramic view of the city. We also liked that it was free.  more »
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  • The observation deck is located on the 42nd floor. There is an elevator designated to take you up and back down. The elevator runs throughout the day. The views are spectacular and be sure to take pictures!
  • I visited the tower since the state museum was closed Monday. The observation deck gives a beautiful view over Albany. I wasn't sure if it was open due to covid. It was indeed open as of late November. There is an elevator constantly going up and down and the staff were really friendly. I was the only visitor on a Monday morning so give this place a try!

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