The Empire State Building built in 1931, in Art Deco style, continues to be an icon of New York City, together with the Statue of Liberty. And no matter how many times we visit this great city, it is important to see and admire it.
For almost forty years it was the tallest building in the world and although today it does not enjoy that privilege, it is still an impressive and beautiful structure.
Built on the old Hotel Waldorf – Astoria is located on 5th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets. In its neighborhood are very close, other places of interest such as the “Grand Central” Terminal, the “Madison Square Garden” and the Macy’s store, among others.
History tells that during the 1920s, the economy of New York City was experiencing its best moment. Both the developers and the contractors competed at that time to create the tallest building in the world. The most likely competitors were those who carried out the construction of the Chrysler buildings and the Manhattan Bank building at # 40 on Wall Street.
In 1929 a new project was announced for the construction of another building that would have a height of 1,000 feet. However, the construction of the Chrysler building was already in progress and they decided to modify its design to exceed the height of the building announced to be built. Finally, the construction of the Chrysler building ends with a height of 1,048 feet. The plans of the Empire State Building also underwent modifications in its design in order to exceed the height of the Chrysler building. It was a tall competition, literally.
The project for the construction of the Empire State Building was completed ahead of time, achieving the feat in 410 days and reaching a height of 1,250 feet. It has an open observation area on the 86th floor. It is from there that you can appreciate extraordinary views of New York City.
The Empire State Building has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world. The building and its interior are designated monuments of the Commission for the Preservation of Historic Monuments in New York, and confirmed by the New York City Estimation Board. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it ranked number one on the list of favorite US buildings and today as well. The building is owned and managed by W & H Properties.