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Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

279 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12242-0001
+1 518-474-2418
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Look at the Photograph

I have been to the Plaza many times over the past 25 years. It is a barren place. LOOK AT THE... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Albany, New York
A monument to Urban Renewal

Empire State Plaza is part of the Campus of the State Capitol in Albany. Built in the 1970s, it is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Elmsford, New York
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279 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12242-0001
+1 518-474-2418
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have been to the Plaza many times over the past 25 years. It is a barren place. LOOK AT THE PHOTO. Does that look like a place where you want to hang out? "Hey, guys, let's hang out on the concrete moonscape!" The farmers'...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Empire State Plaza is part of the Campus of the State Capitol in Albany. Built in the 1970s, it is the Taj Mahal of Urban Renewal projects. A good portion of Albany was bulldozed to create Empire State Plaza. Upstairs are the palatial pools and...More

Thank patrickjf2001
Reviewed 27 March 2017

On the Sat following a one to two foot snowstorm the Plaza was almost empty. Four or five families were taking it in and taking pictures. I was very impressed with the design of the Plaza, its uniform towers and the "Egg" being so unique....More

1  Thank Steve R
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

When visiting Albany state museum and Capitol, you need take some time and walk around here. It's a good place to eat lunch on a sunny day. It is an interesting place to watch people visiting Albany.

1  Thank Eric P
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Just in the middle of New York state museum and New York state capitol building. Stopped by at The egg for some pictures fill your stomach at food trucks nearby. Beautiful plaza with the big great fountain in the middle.

1  Thank dannytrotters
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Futuristic and aesthetically pleasing, the Plaza is a wonderful resource. It is in fact one of a very few things the city of Albany has going for it. It adjacent to the capital as well as the NYS museum. There are severl modern art pieces...More

1  Thank NewYorkBighawk68
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Love these buildings. Just a fun place to see fire works, skating or go to it's many festivals. Take the elevator up Corning Tower on a clear day

1  Thank Joe B
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Clean and Friendly with lots of things to see, museum, capitol, observation deck, gardens, walk ways.

1  Thank yank5138
Reviewed 3 January 2017

I was a teenager when what we then called "The South Mall" was being built. Many of us didn't realize until much later how disruptive this development was to the neighborhood that it crushed (there is an excellent documentary on it), and then when it...More

1  Thank PainterRob
Reviewed 16 December 2016

The Mall in and of itself is not really a destination. In winter there is ice skating, so come for that if you like. In summer concerts one or two evenings a week plus the July 4 fireworks show. The ESP (Empire State Plaza) has...More

1  Thank David S
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Where to eat? Is there a place to buy food at the Plaza?
9 July 2015|
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Response from NYSCapitolVisit | Property representative |
There are several dining options at the Empire State Plaza. Most of the options are found in the underground concourse but some of the Plaza's other buildings have eating options as well. A full list of dining options... More