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Empire State Plaza

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza - one of the most spectacular capital centers in the country. The Plaza is the seat of government operations for New York State - it occupies 98 acres of land, with 11,000 employees in 10 buildings. The Plaza exists because of the vision and determination of one man, Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, who wanted to create "the most electrifying capital in the world." To fulfill his purpose, Rockefeller commissioned Wallace K. Harrison, a personal friend and chief architect for Rockefeller Center, to be the principal architect for the Plaza. Construction began in 1965 and was completed in 1978. Since its completion, The Empire State Plaza has become a cultural center for thousands of visitors each year. From the New York State Capitol to the New York State Museum, the Empire State Plaza is full of things to do. Special events include festivals, concerts, and tours are just some of the things to do at the Empire State Plaza
Be sure to visit the concourse, "the underground city", a quarter-mile stretch of shops, cafeterias, and a world-class abstract art collection with major works by Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and dozens of famous contemporary artists.
For any additional information concerning the Plaza, contact the Plaza Visitor Center at (518) 474-2418. The Plaza Visitor Center is located off the main concourse, near The Egg and Convention Center. Visitor assistants and Plaza Ambassadors also staff information booths on the north and south end of the concourse.

2016-2017 Plaza Ice Rink

  • December 02, 2016 - March 12, 2017
  • Location: Empire State Plaza
  • Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Hours: Every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather dependent. The rink will be closed daily from 3 to 4 p.m. for maintenance. Cost to Skate: Free ... View Details

New York State Holiday Tree Lighting

  • December 04, 2016
  • Location: Empire State Plaza
  • Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242

This family-fun annual event has something for everyone with a full day of indoor and outdoor activities, including a chance to meet Santa, a holida... View Details

Learn-to-Skate Clinic

  • December 03, 2016 - March 04, 2017
  • Location: Empire State Plaza
  • Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242

Learn-To-Skate Clinic sponsored by BlueShield of Northeastern New York. Clinics will be offered on December 3, January 7, February 4 and March 4. Onli... View Details

Albany Gun Show

  • January 21, 2017 - January 22, 2017
  • Location: Empire State Plaza Convention Center
  • Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242

The Albany Gun Show will be held on Jan 21st - 22nd, 2017 in Albany, New York. This Albany gun show is held at Empire State Plaza Convention Center an... View Details

Capital Area Flute Club Concert

  • December 04, 2016
  • Location: Empire State Plaza Conference Meeting Room 6
  • Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242

The Capital Area Flute Club will perform in Meeting Room 6 at the Empire State Plaza in conjunction with the New York State Holiday Tree Lighting! Joi... View Details

Try Hockey for Free

  • January 14, 2017
  • Location: Empire State Plaza
  • Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242

Registration Required! Clinics offered at 9:00am and 10:00am. Free skate rentals to participants. Plan to arrive 1/2 hour before your clinic time f... View Details

Try Hockey for Free

  • February 18, 2017
  • Location: Empire State Plaza
  • Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242

Registration Required! Clinics offered at 9:00am and 10:00am. Free skate rentals to participants. Plan to arrive 1/2 hour before your clinic time f... View Details

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