Empire State Building
Neighborhood: East 30s
Type of Place: Landmarks
The Empire State Building was completed in 1931 and remains one of the city’s best known and most elegant structures with its art deco design. It regained its title as the tallest building in New York City after terror attacks destroyed the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It stands 1,453 feet, 8 9/16 inches to the top of the lightning rod and provides some of the most stunning panoramaic views of the Big Apple.
The Empire State Building’s foundation is built into bedrock 55 feet below Manhattan. Operators of the Empire State Building say the building doesn’t sway, but rather “gives” in high winds. With winds gusting at 110 miles per hour, the building “gives” 1.48 inches.
It is open 365 days a year to visitors wishing to ascend to the top of the 102 story structure. The building is often lit in various colors to reflect the changing seasons and special occasions. It is open from 9:30am to Midnight daily. The last elevators make the trip up at 11:15pm.
The Empire State Building is accessible by Subway using the 1, 2, 3, 9, A, C or E to 34th Street/Penn Station or the B, D, F, N, Q, R or Path to 34th Street and Avenue of the Americas.
Sources include: esbnyc.com