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Empire State Building, New York City
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The Empire State Building is a New York City icon. Not only is this 102-story skyscraper an Art Deco masterpiece, it has been a centerpiece of popular culture since the filming of King Kong in 1933. What's more, the Empire State Building is a symbol of 20th century man's attempt to achieve the impossible and was the world's tallest building for 41 years, from 1931 to 1972. Having said that, its worth weighing the facts before purchasing tickets. The Empire State Building boasts a bird's-eye view of New York City. The best views are from the outside, i.e. the 86th floor observatory. Visibility is weather dependent. Kids love the views but hate the queues.
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The Empire State Building, New York City

The Empire State Building, New York City

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There are lots of fun facts about the Empire State Building. Did you know that?

  • The Empire State Building was the world's tallest building for more than 40 years, from 1931 to 1972.
  • The Empire State Building is 1,453 feet 8 9/16 inches from the base to the top of the antennae.
  • The Empire State Building cost $40,948,900 to build.
  • The Empire State Building was built in 1 year and 45 days. It was raised at a rate of 4.5 floors a week.
  • The Empire State Building weighs 365,000 tons. The building is supported by 210 steel and concrete piles.
  • The Empire State Building is made of 10 million bricks, 57,000 tons of steel, 2,000,000 cubic feet of limestone and 730 tons of aluminum.
  • The Empire State Building has 17 million feet of telephone wire, 473 miles of electrical wiring, and 70 miles of pipe.
  • The Empire State Building has 73 elevators and 6,514 windows. There are 1,860 steps from the lobby to the 102nd floor.
  • The Empire State is topped by a lightning rod. Lightning strikes the building about 100 times a year.
 
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