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Empire State Building Height: The entire structure commonly known as the Empire State Building is more than 1,453 feet tall (from the ground to the tip of the lightning rod) and weighs about 365,000 tons.
This page contains facts about the Empire State Building, which is one of America's most famous landmarks.
The building has a fascinating history, as well as many interesting architectural features.
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.
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.
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.
The Empire State Building is constructed from about 10 million bricks and roughly 200,000 cubic feet of Indiana limestone.
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 Empire 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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