Empire State Building in NYC

The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and completed in 1931, the building has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m) and stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall, including its antenna.

Facts about Empire State Building

  • Construction Started: 1929.
  • Construction Completed: 1931.
  • Number of People Who Died Making the Empire State Building: Five.
  • Cost of Empire State Building: $40,948,900.
  • Cost of Empire State Building Renovation (2011): $550 million.
  • Empire State Building Height: 1,250 ft. to roof / 1,454 ft. to top of antenna spire.
  • Number of Stories in Empire State Building: 102.
  • Tallest Building in NYC: The Empire State Building was the tallest building in New York City for 40 consecutive years, from 1931, when it was completed, until 1972, when it was overtaken by the World Trade Center’s North Tower. When the North Tower fell on September 11, 2001, the Empire State Building once again became the tallest building in New York City.
  • Empire State Building Floor Area: 2,768,591 sq. ft.
  • Empire State Building Managers: W&H Properties.
  • Added to U.S. National Register of Historic Places: November 17, 1982.
  • Designated U.S. National Historic Landmark: June 14, 1986.
  • Cost of Admission to Empire State Building: Adults (18-61) – $17.61; Youth (12-17) – $15.76; Children (6-11) – $12.07; Seniors (62+) – $15.76; Toddlers (5 & younger) – Free; Military in Uniform – Free.
  • Architectural drawings for the Empire State Building were drafted in a mere two weeks, using the original designs for the Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the Carew Tower in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a starting point.
  • To acknowledge the role these buildings played in the construction of the NYC landmark, the staff of the Empire State Building sends an annual Father’s Day card to the staff at the Reynolds Building.
  • The Empire State Building was designed from bottom to top.
  • Construction of the Empire State Building required 3,400 workers, predominantly European immigrants and Mohawk iron workers.
  • At the time of construction, the Empire State Building was one of several buildings competing for the title of tallest building in New York City. The two other buildings, 40 Wall Street and the Chrysler Building, were surpassed upon completion of the Empire State Building in 1931, having held the title for less than a year.
  • In 1995, as part of a $300 million advertising campaign, the Empire State Building was lit up in blue, red, green, and yellow to celebrate the release of Microsoft’s Windows 95 operating system. (Source: Wikipedia)

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March 28, 2018

I’ve got the chance to glance at the Empire State Building in New York City. The iconic building was once a major picture retained in my mind, because of the movie I’ve watched many times like: King Kong, Spider Man, Godzilla and others. It caught my attention too, in a glossy magazine, it was stated that the building  is for a romantic dates, engagements, and wedding venue. Hopefully soon, I would be able to climb the observatory deck for a better view of NY.

Strolling downtown NY is a dream come true. I’ve seen  famous places, tourists from across the globe, and learned the culture and history of the place. I still have plenty to look forward to, and I am sure I have many stories to tell…..

(To be continued)

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