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NYC ‘s Empire State Building – New York City

Empire State Building


350 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10118

Have a look at some of the many Empire State Building Posters and Prints available for sale.

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Extreme Perspective overhead shot of the Empire State Building from 33rd Street and Fifth Avenue.
Extreme Perspective overhead shot of the Empire State Building from 33rd Street and Fifth Avenue.

This skyscraper was completed in 1931 and rises 1,250 feet above the ground for a total of 102 floors. Until 1954 it was the highest structure in the world. It took less than two years to build. “Which might’ve been unheard of at that time…it’s certainly the norm today.”

At the top are public viewing platforms available for a fee, as well as a radio and television mast which was added in 1951. Furthermore is the lighting. In an age where there’s a new skyscraper going up every month in the big city, ‘well it certainly feels that way, one might overlook this building’s height, but something which can’t be overlooked is it’s lighting system at the very top. Their colors are based on an annual schedule which takes into consideration special events. Examples are: red for Valentines Day; red, white & blue for patriotic holidays; & even red and yellow for autumn. These are just a few.

Little tidbits:

In 1945 an Army Air Corps B-25 twin-engine bomber plane crashed into the 79th floor of the building in dense fog.

The Empire State Building was the site/backdrop for many movies, some of which are: Annie Hall, Easter Parade, Independence Day, Manhattan & When Harry Met Sally.

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Photo of the Empire State Building and a nearby American Flag as captured from the sidewalk along Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan.
Photo of the Empire State Building and a nearby American Flag as captured from the sidewalk along Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan.

Since 1978, there’s been an annual foot race up its 86 flights of stairs. The last record broken in 2001 was: 9 minutes, 37 seconds by a male racer.

The Lights Explained:

  • Red, Black & Green: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Green: St. Patrick’s Day, March of Dimes, Rainforest Awareness, Earth Day
  • Red, White & Blue: Presidents’ Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans’ Day
  • Red : St. Valentine’s Day, Fire Department Memorial Day, Big Apple Circus
  • Red & Blue: Equal Parents Day / Childrens Rights
  • Yellow & White: Spring / Easter Week
  • Blue, White & Blue: Israel Independence Day, First Night of Chanukah
  • Blue: Police Memorial Day, Child Abuse Prevention
  • Purple & White: Alzheimer’s Awareness
  • Red, Yellow & Green: Portugal Day
  • Lavender & White: Stonewall Anniversary / Gay Pride
  • Purple, Teal, White: National Osteoporosis Society
  • Red & White: Pulaski Day, Red Cross
  • Red, White & Green: Columbus Day
  • Blue & White: Greek Independence Day, United Nations Day
  • Red & Yellow: Autumn
  • Black, Yellow & Red: German Reunification Day
  • Pink & White: “Race for the Cure” / Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Green, White & Orange: India Independence Day
  • Green & White: Pakistan Independence Day
  • Red & Green: Holiday Season
  • Dark / No Lights: “Day without Art / Night without Lights” AIDS Awareness

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