Erastus Corning II Tower, Albany

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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 1966 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 the city of New York. 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".Observation deckAn observation deck is located on the Corning Tower's 42nd floor. It offers expansive views of Albany, the Hudson River, and the surrounding area. Panels below the windows give information about the visible landmarks. The observation deck, however, does not feature a 360-degree view because it has no windows on the west side. A nonstop elevator to the 42nd floor reaches a speed of 26 km/h (16 MPH). The deck is open to the public for free Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors can access the observation deck, by the plaza or concourse levels. Upon taking office in 2010, Governor Andrew Cuomo eliminated that photo ID requirement.
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  • Fun time!The view is great from the top. Best to go on a clear day, as visibility is poor on cloudy,rainy,days. Always check n.y.s website to make sure the tower is open. I haven't seen it open on Sun...  more »
  • The Corning Tower has a free observation deck that allows visitors to take in gorgeous views of the Helderberg Escarpment, Hudson River, and the Capitol District. Access the elevators from the Plaza L...  more »
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  • Impressive example of modernist architecture and tallest building in New York State outside of New York City. There is observation deck on top of the building with east, south, North views. The observation deck is open to the public, Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed Weekends & Holidays. Yellow minimalist sculpture Lippincott I by James Rosati is on the side of the building.
  • One of the nicest FREE attractions on Empire State Plaza. The view from the top is amazing, especially of the Hudson River and the intricate network of highways that converge on the interchange near the river. There is a designated elevator on the ground floor that takes you directly to the observatory. Once on top, you'll be greeted by the nicest, most pleasant staff you'll ever meet! The observatory only provides a 270-degree view. There are no views on the side of the building facing the massive capitol grounds, although the Egg Center and Capitol Building are visible. There are some information boards to help visitors identify the most notable attractions on view.

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