Empire State Building Height and Other curious facts

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Empire State Building Height

The Empire State Building is a skyscraper located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue, in the part of New York City known as Midtown Manhattan. It is currently the tallest building in New York City. The Empire State Building is one of America's most famous landmarks. The structure has a fascinating history and a prime location, as well as many interesting and unique architectural features.

Built in 1931, the Empire State Building replaced the Chrysler Building as the world's tallest building, and retained this distinction until 1972, when the World Trade Center's north tower was made even taller.

Empire State Building Height and 5 fast facts

  1. The entire Empire State Building Height, from the ground to the tip of the lightning rod, is more than 1,453 feet. 
  2. The Empire State Building weighs about 365,000 tons.
  3. The Empire State Building is currently the 2nd tallest building in America (only Willis Tower in Chicago is taller), and the 10th tallest building in the world.
  4. The Empire State Building is constructed from about 10 million bricks and roughly 200,000 cubic feet of Indiana limestone.
  5. 1,860 steps lead from the ground level to the 102nd floor. 

On clear days you can see the surrounding countryside for distances of up to eighty miles. Visible are parts of the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts, not to mention New York.

The observatories, which are located on the 86th and the 102nd floors, have seen over 100 million visitors, and are currently open from 8 a.m. till 2 a.m., seven days a week.

The Empire State Building celebrates many cultures and causes in the world community by illuminating its tower in many different colored lights.

The building features tower lights to recognize key milestones, events, charitable organizations, countries, and holidays throughout the world. The building's official website provides a specific lighting schedule.

Many people have committed suicide by jumping from a high floor of the Empire State Building.  The first of these was a worker laid off during the building's construction. 

Two Empire State Building suicide attempts were unsuccessful.  They both involved people who jumped from the 86th floor and landed on the 85th floor.

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