There was a time when the Empire State Building offered a view of the heavens from its grand lobby.
A celestial panorama was painted in gold leaf on the ceiling of the original entryway. In the 1960s, during renovations, the mural was covered by a drop ceiling, obscuring for decades the abstract scene of once-lustrous stars and planets.
Soon a re-creation of the stars will shine again, as will the entire lobby, which is being restored to how it looked when the World’s Tallest Building — at the time — opened May 1, 1931, on 34th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Empire State Building rediscovers its Deco roots