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Attractions: The Empire State Building

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Record height
Tallest in the world from 1931 to 1971[I]
Preceded by Chrysler Building
Surpassed by World Trade Center; currently unsurpassed in New York City
General information
Type Office, observation
Location 350 Fifth Avenue
Manhattan, New York 10118[1]
Coordinates 40°44′54.36″N 73°59′08.36″W[2]
Construction started 1929[3]
Completed 1931
Cost $40,948,900[4]
Height
Antenna spire 1,454 ft (443.2 m)[5][6]
Roof 1,250 ft (381.0 m)
Top floor 1,224 ft (373.2 m)[7]
Technical details
Floor count 102
Floor area 2,768,591 sq ft (257,211 m2)
Design and construction
Management W&H Properties
Main contractor Starrett Brothers and Eken
Architect Shreve, Lamb and Harmon
Empire State Building
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
NYC Landmark
Coordinates: 40°44′54.36″N 73°59′08.36″W
Built: 1929–31
Architect: Shreve, Lamb and Harmon
Architectural style: Art Deco
NRHP Reference#: 82001192
Significant dates
Added to NRHP: November 17, 1982
Designated NHL: June 24, 1986
Designated NYCL: May 19, 1981
References
[8][9]
The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark in New York City, United States, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It is 1,250 ft (381 meters) tall.[7] Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center’s North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building once again became the tallest building in New York City.

-wikipedia

The Empire State Building was built during The Great Depression. It stood tall as a symbol of hope. Ironically many people met their maker plummeting from it’s top. For others, the top gives an awe inspiring view of the largest city in the world. At night it gives you a view of the world’s largest light show.

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The tickets are not cheap!! At $22 for an adult 86th floor Observatory only ticket. Military members get a whopping $2 discount!! That’s bullshit NYC! They don’t even get express tickets!! They do however get free admission if in uniform, but what solider is going to go (or authorized) in uniform! That’s bullshit NYC!! Military members made that view of freedom and you still charge them and their families! Furthermore, the family accompanied by the soldiers pay full price if they don’t have a Military ID. Thanks NYC!!

By the way you can also go to the 102nd floor observatory but that’s an extra $15 per person with absolutely no discount! Thanks again NYC!! Like you don’t get enough of our money with all the bullshit tolls!

– all nighttime pictures taken by me using the piece of shit camera in the IPhone 3GS (so no flash). The view is just simply amazing to produce images like that on a poor quality camera!!

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