The Empire State Building explored
The Empire State Building is the most famous skyscraper in New York with more than 120 million visitors since it opened in 1931
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The Empire State Building is the most famous skyscraper in New York. More than 120 million visitors, including Queen Elizabeth II, have gazed down on the city from the observatories since it opened in 1931. Planned in the prosperous 1920's by the architectural firm of Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, this Art Deco ckassic was completed during the depression and was largely vacant for several years, giving raise to the nickname "Empty State Building." It has been featured in countless movies, the most famous King Kong
A mooring mast for airships, now the base of a TV tower, was built to ensure the 102-story, 1,454-ft (443-m) building would be taller than the Chrysler Building
The main lobby houses a 36-ft (11-m) Art Deco relief that showcases the Empire State Building image in steel., aluminium, and gold leaf with dramatic impact
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Visitors can ride to the 80th floor in 45 seconds - 1,400-ft (427-m) per minute - in one of the 73 Art Deco elevators. The last ride is at 1.15am
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Breathtaking views from the 86th floor's open air observatory, 1,050-ft (320-m) above the city, attract more than 4 million visitors yearly
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Visibility on a clear day from the 102nd-floor deck is up to 80 miles (130 Km). Tickets are sold in advance online or upon arrival at the second-floor Visitors' Centre ($20 extra)
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The spire is lit to honor holidays, seasons, events, causes, and the many ethnic groups of New York: red, white, and blue for national holidays, green for St. Patrick's day and blue and white for Hanukkah
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Each February, following a tradition dating to 1978, hundreds of runners race up the 1,576 steps from the lobby to the 86th floor
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Weddings have been an Empire State Building tradition since 1994. Every year, 14 lucky couples are selected to get married on the one day that the ceremony is conducted there
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Located on the 80th floor, this exhibit chronicles the history, engineering, and construction of the Empire State Building
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Four display windows in the marble-clad Fifth Avenue lobby exhibit art and memorabilia from the city's museums, galleries, and artists. Exhibits change regularly
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