On the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, the Empire State Building is open to the public every day from 9.30 a.m. until midnight. It is no longer the tallest building in the world, and Americans tend to overrate it when they call it the cathedral of the skies or the eighth wonder of the world. But it’s something you shouldn’t miss King Kong is fondly remembered in Empire Slate Building souvenir shop. unless of course it’s a foggy day. Everything about the Empire State Building is huge: 102 stories; 60,000 tons of steel; 3.500 miles of telephone wires and cables; 60 miles of pipes; a volume of l’/4 million cubic yards; 1,860 steps and, last but not least, a height of 1,472 feet!
To reach the Observation Deck you first have to go down to the basement level (don’t worry about getting lost, there are plenty of arrows to guide you). There you buy your ticket and get in line. Or if it interests you. look in on the Guinness World Records Exhibit, next to the ticket office. The items on display include a hair split 14 times, the longest earthworm in the world, the biggest guitar, the smallest violin, the thinnest waist, the longest beard and many other similar world record holders.
An elevator will speed you up to the 80th floor in less than a minute. You’ll just have time to catch your breath and get your ears unblocked before taking a second elevator to the 86th floor, 1.050 feet above street level. In winter you can stay inside the heated shelter of the observatory. In summer enjoy the view from the outside terrace. On a clear day you can make out the funnels of ships 40 miles out at sea. The view is r.eally superb day or night.
Empire State Building New York Photo Gallery
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