Empire State Building – Wacky Facts

The 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building stands tall with a roof height of 1,250 ft (1454 ft, if you include the antenna spire). With its name derived from the New York state’s moniker ‘Empire State,’ Empire State Building is the 5th tallest completed skyscraper in the United States of America and also the 6th tallest freestanding structure in the country.


If you didn’t already love the eighth wonder of the world enough, here are 15 surprising facts about one of the world’s most talked about tourist attractions.


Let’s find out.


  1. It was created during a race to create the world’s tallest structure.
  2. The 17-storey spire at the top was originally meant to be a dirigible anchor.
  3. The Building makes a startling amount of money from tickets sales for its observation decks. A lot, lot more than it does by renting office space.
  4. Perhaps that’s the reason it observatories both on the 86th floor and 102nd floor. Combined, they attract more than 4 million visitors in a year.
  5. The Empire State Building is modelled after 2 earlier buildings, namely North Carolina’s Reynolds building and Cincinnati’s Carew Tower.
  6. The construction of this colossal marvel was finished in record time (410 days).
  7. Initially, the tower was considered a financial flop.
  8. The official accounts state that 5 workers lost their live during the construction.
  9. An army B-25 Bomber crashed into the tower in 1945.
  10. Betty Lou Oliver, the elevator operator at the time of the crash survived a plunge of 75 stories inside an elevator.
  11. More than 90 movies have featured the Empire State Building
  12. A foot race to the 86th floor has been annually held since 1978.
  13. It enjoyed the reputation of being the tallest building in the world for 41 years; between 1931 and 1972.
  14. Empire State Building has its own zip code. It’s 10118.
  15. From the observation deck, visitors can see 80 miles into NYC. And on a clear day, a few into New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.


Intrigued? Pick from the numerous bus services to NYC and see it for yourself.

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