New York: Empire State Building

Empire State Building at Night

Empire State Building at Night

Empire State Building Mural

Art Deco Mural

Lobby Decorated for Holidays

Lobby Decorated for Holidays

Gold and Silver Floor

Gold and Silver Floor

Colorful Glass Tile

Colorful Glass Tile

Sunset from Empire State Building

Sunset from Observation Deck

Looking South Toward One World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan

Looking South Toward One World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan

Looking North - Chrysler Building on Right

Looking North – Chrysler Building on Right

Looking North - Midtown Manhattan

Looking North – Midtown Manhattan

New York City Skyscrapers at Night

Skyscrapers at Night

King Kong Poster

King Kong Poster

When we visited New York City, one of our favorite activities was viewing sunset from the Empire State Building’s 86th floor Observation Deck. This beautiful art deco building was constructed in 1931 and is a National Historic Landmark. It was the tallest building in Manhattan from 1931-1970 and 2001-2012. It has 102 floors reaching up to 1,250 feet – nearly ¼ mile into the sky! The spire on top brings the height up to 1,454 feet. The 17-story spire was originally supposed to be an anchor point for dirigibles (blimps/airships) that crossed the Atlantic, but strong winds put an end to that plan. At one point a majority of TV and FM radio stations were broadcast from the antenna spire. On average the spire is struck by lightning 23 times per year. The color of the LED lights illuminating the top of the building changes with holidays and special events. The lights are turned off at midnight during Spring and Fall migration to prevent birds from colliding with the building. On a clear day, five states are visible from the Observation Deck: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Wonderful views of Manhattan are visible in all directions. The building’s name reflects New York State’s nickname – the Empire State. If you would like to visit, more info is at: http://www.esbnyc.com/.  An interesting article is at:  http://www.interestingamerica.com/2011-02-04_Empire_State_Building_at_80_by_R_Grigonis.html

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

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