Empire State Building

Well you must have seen King Kong climbing up Empire State Building in a  bid to save himself from the onlookers. Yes this huge structure is almost synonymous with New York sky crappers. Only it is much taller than a skycrapper as well. Symbolically speaking it is the towering dream of the Americans to reach for the sky and conquer it. When it was built in the 1930’s it was something from another planet for the citizens as New York has never seen such a massive structure on the face of the world before. It was easily addressed as the 8th wonder. Located on 5th Avenue it has 73 elevators and stands tall at 381 meter (1250 ft). Initially much of the space of the building was occupied by the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel which had a whooping 1050 rooms. Presently it is the third tallest building in America.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building has about 102 floors which it rents out to office and other commercial purposes. On the 86th floor is the Observatory and the top remaining floors are dedicated to the Art Deco tower. Broadcast antennas can be seen atop the Observatory. The 34th floor is a anomaly in the structure and purposely done so. It has ceilings that reaches to only 5 ft-8 in. If you want to try out whether you are superman try out the steps here. There are in total 1,860 steps from street level to the 102nd floor. It is the second largest single office complex in United States. The Art Deco design of the architecture makes it stands out from other sky crappers here. The whole building is a study in glass, steel and aluminum. The Observatory is one of the most visited structure here. There is another observatory at the 102 nd floor as well. Tourists are made to pay a small amount to view the smaller observatory on the 102nd floor. It has been shown is many of the Hollywood movies.

Empire State Building

There is also a motion simulator on the 2nd floor of the Empire State Building. Nearly all of New York’s broadcasting happens from the Empire State Building. Broadcasting began here way back in 1931. Initially the 85th floor was used and a laboratory was set here. The building also had its fair share of ups and downs. In 1945 a B-25 Mitchell bomber unable to make out directions in the New York fog crashed in on the North side of the building. 14 people died here because of the incidents. Some of the nearby penthouses were destroyed. Many suicides were also committed from here. Atleast 30 people chose this iconic structure to end their lives. Maybe they like grabbing attention dying from such an iconic building. Many birds crash land on it and die. The lights from the top blind sights them. Therefore the lights are dimmed in the night here.

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