The Empire State Building is an emblematic tourist site in New York: it is one of the highest (381 m) and most famous skyscrapers in the city. Its construction began in 1930, shortly after the stock market crash of 1929: at the time of its inauguration in 1931, its developers had the worst difficulties in renting its offices, which earned it the nickname “Empty State Building”. It only avoided bankruptcy thanks to the success of its viewpoints, which still attract more than 3.5 million visitors each year.
The building is supported by more than 200 steel and concrete pillars. 10 million bricks went into the construction of this immense building. The frames of the 6514 windows are made of aluminum panels with a steel finish. The frame, made of 60,000 tons of steel, was assembled in 23 weeks. The Empire State was originally designed to be 86 stories high, but a 46-meter high airship mooring mast was added. An antenna ensures the relay of radio and television broadcasts to the city and four neighboring states.
Often called the most beautiful Art Deco building in the world, the Empire State Building is a symbol of New York City, as were the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Admission to the Empire State Building is quite expensive (from $44 for an adult ticket to the 86th floor) but it is included as one of the attractions of the CityPass. From up there, discover a wonderful 360° view of the city, even more exceptional at sunset.
The Empire State Building tour was taken on April 5, 2018, at dusk.
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