Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The Empire State Building stands a proud 1454 feet and is one of the tallest skyscrapers in NYC. The building comprises 102 stories and named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. After its historic lobby was damaged during a renovation in the 1960’s it has carefully been restored to its original splendor. Today the Empire State Building is a National Historic Landmark.
Architect William F. Lamb designed the blueprints for the Empire State Building in a brief span of two weeks. When being built, the building vied for the title of “world’s tallest building” and was in constant battle with the Chrysler Building, also being built at that time. The Empire State Building was built in record time at about one floor per day. Topping the building was a landing for trans-Atlantic helium airships, later abandoned after high winds made docking too dangerous. In 1945, a B-25 bomber lost in heavy fog crashed into the top floors of the building. Despite a fire and substantial damage, the building was open for business just 3 days later!
The building has two observation decks, both of which boast impressive 360 degree views of New York City. The observation decks are accessible on the 86th
floors of the building. A fast elevator whisks guests to the museum portion of the experience first. At the observation decks, visitors are able to take in breathtaking views of the city and feel as though they are on top of the world. The Empire State Building has achieved American icon status through famous blockbuster films. Thousands of movie fans witnessed a giant ape scale the building in multiple versions of the classic film King Kong.
No visit to New York is complete without a visit to the Empire State Building. Guests can experience the newly restored Art Deco lobby and murals, the historical Dare to Dream exhibit, and Sustainability Exhibit. The 86th floor 360-degree open-air observation deck and 102nd indoor promenade offers unmatched views on NYC and beyond. As the most famous observatory in the world, the 86th Floor has been the setting of dozens of movie and television scenes, as well as tens of millions of unforgettable personal moments.