The Empire State Building is a true staple in American culture. It’s one of the top five largest skyscrapers in the United States, and only grows in popularity as a worldwide landmark. It represents NYC culture to the fullest as many people travel miles to see this 102-story skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan. With a rich pop culture and historical presence, it continues to gain a massive reputation through the years. Here are some interesting facts to boot.
1. ESRT (Empire State Building) has been featured in a number of movies like King Kong, Step Up 3D, Men in Black III, etc. It continues to be a great symbol of NYC in films shot in Manhattan.
2. The building only took 20 months to finish. It was during a time where there was a race to build the tallest structure. As much as over 3,000 men worked on it per day, which explains how fast it was able to get constructed.
3. In 2003, Australian cyclist, Paul Crake, rode to the observation deck in a record time of 9 minutes and 33 seconds.
4. On the 24th floor, there were actually nap pods available for visitors to get a 20 minute nap in during a busy day up until 2008.
5. It was the first building to shine light on FDR’s impending election in 1932.
6. Each year there’s a Valentine’s Day contest that allows for 14 couples to get hitched on the Observation Deck.
7. Due to the sheer size of the building, the Empire State Building (along with other huge structures in NYC), has its own unique zip code.
8. The Empire State Building allows you to see 80 miles past the building on a clear day. You’ll be able to see New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
9. The building lights are turned off on foggy nights during spring and fall migration months. This is to ensure that birds don’t get distracted by the lights and they continue on their migration course during these pivotal months.
10. The main observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors attract more than 4 million people a year, so it’s one of the top tourist’s spots in NYC.