A grand old building looking as good as new
The day started as another grey and overcast day but soon brigtened and the sun came out and the skies cleared. This morning we set off for The Empire State Building. The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State.
It stood as the world's tallest building for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York (although it was no longer the tallest in the US or the world). The Empire State Building was once again demoted to second-tallest building in New York on April 30, 2012, when the new One World Trade Center reached a greater height. The new tower has now reached its full height as of yesterday and is 1776 feet high.
The Empire State Building is currently the third-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States (after the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago), and the 22nd-tallest in the world (the tallest now is Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai). It is also the fourth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.
The Empire State Building cost $40 948 900 dollars to build and was built in a still unbeaten time of 410 days. The building is serviced by 73 lifts.
VIEWS TO THE NORTH
VIEWS TO THE SOUTH
VIEWS TO THE WEST
VIEWS TO THE EAST
The amazing thing is that this island of Manahattan is now 30% bigger than when the Dutch "bought" it from the Indians in 1624. This has happened through rubbish being dumped along the shores along with the dumping of fill from the building sites of the Skyscrapers over the years. Very soon parks will be continuous along the waters edge.