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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.

Farmer's Market

  • July 29, 2015 - October 30, 2015
  • Location: Empire State Plaza
  • Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Friday

SONYMA Presents the Hispanic Heritage Celebration

  • September 12, 2015
  • Location: Empire State Plaza
  • Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this this tribute to Latin culture. Rich in tradition, the Hispanic community comes together in the Empire Stat... View Details

Plaza at 50 Festival

  • September 16, 2015
  • Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242

This special event will round out the annual Summer at the Plaza series of free events and feature a day full of live entertainment, food, including a... View Details

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