Summer tours of the Empire State Plaza

ESP art Untitled by Fritz Glarner section

Sure, everyone knows the ESP. But it has a lot of nooks and crannies (if those are the right words). One of our favorite spots is this huge mural by Fritz Glarner that's tucked into a space on the concourse level in the Abrams Building.

The New York State Capitol Tours program is has a new round of Empire State Plaza tours this summer starting July 3. Blurbage:

The one-hour tours feature highlights of the world-class, 98-acre complex where state government, unique architecture, and modern art share the same space. No two tours are the same, and highlights can include The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, the concourse, and outside where visitors will learn about the Plaza's main platform, Capitol, Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice, Cultural Education Center, Corning Tower, Legislative Office Building, and agency buildings, as well as the memorials that honor those who have dedicated or given their lives in service to others. Those taking the tour will also learn about the Empire State Plaza Art Collection, which is known as the largest publicly owned modern art collection in the country housed outside of a museum.

The tours run each weekday through August 31 (no tours on holidays). They start at 1 pm and they're free. Reservations aren't required, but it's a good idea to show up a little bit early.

Saturday Capitol tours
The tours program is continuing to offer Saturday tours of the state Capitol on the second Saturday of each month. It's also offering them July 1 for Independence Day. Tours are at 11 am and 1 pm, advance registration is required. (And they do fill up.)

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I moved here from "away"...and IMO the locals don't fully appreciate that their 4th grade field trip to the Capitol didn't give them a full appreciation of the Capitol. Well worth going back as an adult, tour guides are steeped in history, architecture and the political intrigue that are embedded in the Capitol. Glad to see the ESP tours too---the art work is underappreciated and much of it never seen---as it is tucked into those many nooks and crannies.

Will they be handing out prozac on the plaza tours?

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