"Empire State Building" Empire State Building Tip by Blatherwick

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  Empire State Building
by Blatherwick

The views from the top of the Empire State Building are incredible and it is almost mandatory that you go to the top of this building built in 1931. The tower takes its name from the nickname of New York State and is the 2nd tallest building in the United States, and the tallest in New York City. The building rises to 1,250 feet or 381 m at the 102nd floor. A broadcasting tower added in the 1950s brings the total height to 1,455 feet (443.5 m). Every major TV station in New York has broadcasted from the Empire State Building. Admission was $4.50 in 2000.

Movies have often used the Empire State Building to play a role. The most role is still in King Kong (1933) when the big furry guy climbs to the top. Not to be outdown, in 1994, French urban climber Alain "Spiderman" Robert, using only his bare hands and feet and with no safety devices of any kind, scaled the building's exterior wall all the way to the top.

The transmission tower was originally planned to be a mooring point for zeppelins, but the Hindenburg disaster put an end to that thought. However, an aircraft has hit the building before. At 9:49 a.m. on Saturday July 28, 1945, a B-25 Mitchell bomber accidentally crashed into the north side between the 79th and 80th floors, where the offices of the National Catholic Welfare Council were located. The fire was extinguished in 40 minutes. 14 people were killed in the accident. During the accident, elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver survived a plunge of 75 stories inside an elevator, and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest elevator fall recorded.

Address: 350 5th Avenue
Directions: 1, 2, 3 or 9 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station.
Phone: (212) 947-1360
Website: http://www.esbnyc.com/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 21, 2005
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