The most iconic skyscraper in New York City is likely the one and only Empire State Building. While many associate the Empire State Building with its stature, there are only a few that know of its interesting and stoic history.
The Empire State Building is located on the west side of 5th Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Street. At 102 stories, it was once considered the tallest building in the world from 1931 to 1970. The building was designed by William Frederick Lamb of the architectural firm, Shrive, Lamb, and Harmon. Construction began on March 17, 1930 on a massive scale, with trucks carrying 5,000 bags of cement, 6,000 tiles, 450 cubic yards of sand and 300 bags of lime arriving at the construction site every day. Surprisingly, the Empire State Building was built ahead of schedule, though that might have been due to the fact that it was constructed during a race to build the tallest building in the world. Nonetheless, it took a mere 20 months for the towering skyscraper to be constructed, an amazing structural feat at the time.
The Empire State Building officially opened on April. 11, 1931. President Herbert Hoover officiated the opening by lighting up the world’s tallest skyscraper with the push of a button from Washington DC. At first, during the Great Depression, it was very difficult to find people to rent out the floors. However, business began to boom after World War II.
On 1986, the Empire State Building was recognized as a National Historic Landmark by the National Parks Services, and a commemorative plaque was awarded.
On a clear day, five states can be seen from the Empire State Building’s observatories: New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. People from all over the world come to NYC just to see the beautiful building, as it welcomes about 3.5 million visitors every year.