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Empire State Building – Legend of New York City

Posted by Jae on January 7, 2009

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

The legendary Empire State Building is a 1931 completed, 41 million 1931 US dollar (during Great Depression), 102 floor, 381 m (443 m to the tip) Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, USA. The Empire State Building has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

It stood as the world’s tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until the construction of the World Trade Center’s North Tower in 1972. (Following the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building again became the tallest building in New York City and New York State.) Currently, it is the 3rd tallest building in the United States of America and 13th tallest in the world. It has an indoor and outdoor observation deck on the 86th floor (it takes less than one minute by elevator to get to the 86th floor) and a limited access one on the 102nd floor. Atop the tower is the 62 m pinnacle, much of which is covered by broadcast antennas, with a lightning rod at the very top.

The Empire State Building was the first building to have more than 100 floors. The building houses 1,000 businesses, and has its own zip code, 10118. As of 2007, approximately 21,000 employees work in the building each day, making the Empire State Building the second-most populated single office complex in America, after the Pentagon.

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