New York's Top Attractions - Empire State Building

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The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark Art Deco Skyscraper and is one of the most popular NYC Attractions in the heart of Manhattan in New York City. It towers to 1,250 feet (381 meters) on the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. The name of the Empire State Building is derived from of New York’s nickname, “the Empire State.”

Completed in 1931, The Empire State Building was considered the world’s tallest building until the World Trade Center’s North Tower was completed in 1972.

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Ranked as a top New York Attraction, visitors to Manhattan make their way to the Empire State Building for the thrill of a lifetime: the journey nearly a quarter of a mile above Fifth Avenue to the Empire State Observatory. Once there, you are treated to breathtaking panoramas across the skyline, avenues and byways of the New York Metropolitan areas, to as far away as 4 neighboring states.

Quick Facts about the Empire State Building:  

As the world's tallest building for 40 years until 1972, The Empire State Building remains one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world and a top NY Attraction, built in just 18 months during the Great Depression.

The original cost of the Empire State Building, including the price of land, was $40,948,000, a very low price even at the time for a building of this size. The building itself cost only $24,718,000.

The Empire State Building was built on the former site of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

The Empire State Building is one of the most popular New York Attractions.

Developed by John Jakob Raskob, it is reported that he pulled a pencil from his drawer, held it up to his architect (William Lamb), and asked "Bill, how tall can you make it so that it won't fall down?" – thus the shape of the Empire State Building.

On Saturday, July 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building, which housed the Catholic War Relief Services. Only 14 people died and the Empire State Building reopened 2 days later.

The observation tower at the top of the Empire State Building was initially intended to be a dock for mooring airships. However, after several futile attempts at mooring a zeppelin in the strong winds present at 1,250 feet, the idea was scrapped.

The top of the Empire State Building is lit up at night in different colors to celebrate various holidays. For a long time after Sept. 11, 2001, it was continuously lit red, white, and blue.

The 86th floor observatory is visited by 3.5 million people every year.

Since the World Trade Center Twin Towers on Sept 11, 2001, the Empire State Building regained its title as “The Tallest Building in NYC.” It is planned to be surpassed by One World Trade Center in 2013.

About Hotel LOLA – A New York Hotel

Hotel LOLA, formerly Hotel Thirty Thirty, completed its extensive multi-million dollar renovation and emerged as the sleek, sophisticated, and stylish Hotel LOLA – still in the ultimate Midtown Manhattan location for experiencing New York Activities and New York Attractions. Between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue, this New York Hotel provides Guests with convenient access to Top New York Attractions: Empire State Building, Times Square, New York Shopping at 5th Avenue, Broadway Theater District, New York Restaurants, NY Nightlife, and more.

Each of Hotel LOLA’s 276 Guest Rooms and Guest Suites feature 300-thread-count linens, down duvets, 37” HD Flat Screen TVs, Wi-Fi, iPod & iPad Docking Stations, and Sleek Bathrooms with backlit mirrors and slate tiling. Hotel LOLA also features one of the most stylish lounges in town, Bar LOLA, and Zana Café - a Mediterranean New York Restaurant that serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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This article was published on 2012/02/20