Due to its importance in the city and America, the tower is guarded by police officers with Carbine Rifles. These officers can be found at the entrance of the building.
The nearest subway stop is Suffolk LTA on the K/C Algonquin Inner Line, in on the border of The Triangle and in the neighboring district of Suffolk. The surface exits emerge outside the southern face of the Tower. Go north-east to the entrance and eastern face of the Tower. A dangerous alternative means of accessing the observation deck (or higher) is to take a helicopter and bail out at the top. To access the observation deck from ground level, players can use the entrance on the Denver-Exeter Avenue side of the building.
A patched glitch allowed players to pilot helicopters through certain areas of the building, and from there to fly under the map (see Blue Hell). A video detailing how to use this glitch can be found here. By flying under the map, the player could reach and access certain mission-only building interiors.
- The building in GTA III and Liberty City Stores similar to the Empire State BuildingGoing by its real-life counterpart, the Rotterdam Tower is the tallest skyscraper in any GTA game.
- Seeing as The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony are both on the same disc for Episodes from Liberty City, TBoGT's rendition of the building is present in TLAD, however the only use for it is death, but the player will most likely hit just above the 82nd floor observatory.
- There is also an Empire State Building equivalent in the GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories version of Manhattan, although it is a bit more similar to the Chrysler building (Looking more like a mix between both) and it is not named in-game.
- Its similarity to the Empire State Building is noted on one of Brucie's heli rides, as he states "if I were that big chimp, I'd climb it too!", as a reference to King Kong, specifically the scene where King Kong climbs the Empire State Building.