Empire State Building Facts

Empire State Building Facts
The Empire State Building located in Manhattan, New York stands at 1,454 Feet High, including the antenna spire. When construction was complete in 1931 it became the world's tallest building for 40 years until 1972 when the North Tower of the World Trade Center was finished and stood even taller. The Empire State Building is considered to be an American cultural icon, designed with Art Deco style and being one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The 102 story building has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Interesting Empire State Building Facts:
The name of the Empire State Building came from the nickname for New York. It was often called the Empire State.
After the September 11th attacks it became the tallest building in New York again, but not the tallest in the world or even the U.S.
Today it is the 22nd tallest building in the world.
The street floor and the building itself have been designated as landmarks by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
There are 2800 investors who own the Empire State Building.
$550 million is being spent in restoration efforts. $120 million will be used for making the building more eco-friendly and energy efficient.
The Empire State Building was designed so that the top of the building could be used to dock zeppelins. Zeppelins were airships that never became as popular as had been predicted.
The Empire State Building is lit with colors that can be changed according to special events such as Valentine's Day.
Because there are so many businesses in the building it has its own zip code, 10118.
The Pentagon is the only office building in the U.S. that is larger than the Empire State Building.
It took 410 days and 3,400 workers to complete the construction of the building.
There is a total of 2,768, 591 square feet of floor space inside the building.
There are a total of 73 elevators and 6,500 windows in the Empire State Building.
The Empire State Building did not become profitable until 1950. The next year it sold for $51 million. The total cost to build it, including the cost of the land was $40,948,900. The cost without the land was $24,718,000. It is believed it would have cost twice as much but because of the Great Depression the price was much less.
The top of the Empire State Building is used for broadcasting the majority of commercial TV stations and FM radio stations.
One title that can't be taken away is the fact that it was the first building in the world with 100 floors (102 to be exact).
There is an annual race to run up to the 86th floor. The fastest time to run up the 1,576 steps was 9 minutes and 33 seconds. The record holder is an Australian named Paul Crake.
The Empire State Building has a lightning rod that is struck by lightning approximately 23 times every year.
The Empire State Building has been used in many movies, including: King Kong, Sleepless in Seattle, Independence Day, The Day after Tomorrow, and many more dating back to when it was first built. It has also been featured in many TV shows throughout the years.

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