Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is possibly one of the oldest and most iconic Skyscrapers not only in New York but in the World. Who hasn’t seen it as the protagonist in one of the many movies shot in NYC from King Kong to Superman, An Affair to Remember, Andy Warhol’s 1964 silent film Empire and many others?
The Empire, a 103-story skyscraper, is today the 4th-tallest skyscraper in the United States after the One World Trade Center in NYC, the Willis Tower, and the Trump International Hotel & Tower both located in Chicago. The Empire is also the 25th-tallest building in the entire world. The actual height to the roof is of 1,250 feet (380 m) but with the added Spire, the building reaches 1,454 feet (443 m) in height.
The Building is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, right on the corner of the famous Fifth Avenue and 34th Street (South-west corner); the building takes its name as homage to the Empire State which is New York State.
The Empire was the tallest building in the world for over 40 years until 1970 when it was topped by the original North Tower of the World Trade Center. The Empire was also the tallest building in New York between 2001 and April 30, 2012 when the new One WTC Tower reached a greater height. But the Empire is famous not only for its height, this building is also an icon of Art Deco Style, and due to its unique architecture and design it has been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. To celebrate and preserve the building, in 1986 the Empire was declared a National Historic Landmark.
Throughout the years, the Empire State Building underwent several renovations, and in 2010 it was transformed into an energy efficient & eco-friendly building; more than $120 million were spent to achieve the coveted Gold Leadership LEED certification. Since 2011, the Empire is the tallest LEED certified building in all USA!
If you’d like to visit the Empire State Building, you may purchase advance pass to the Observatory located on the 86th floor and to the second observatory located on the 102nd floor. From the Observatory, you will have some of the best unobstructed views of Manhattan, from the Statue of Liberty to Central Park, and from Brooklyn to New Jersey. You should plan your visit to the observatory ahead of time, especially if you are planning to climb to the 86th floor in the middle of the summer when the lines are at their longest! Since the Building is also of importance for both the history and the architecture of New York City, we recommend taking one of the escorted city tours, or walking tours, to learn interesting facts about this Architectural Icon.
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