Empire State

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Subway: 34th Street/Penn Station (Lines 1, 2, 3, A, C y E) or 34th St Avenue of the Americas (Lines B, D, F, N, Q y R).

Bus:Lines M2, M3, M4 M5, M16 y M34
Fee: Adults: $29.00 - Kids 6-12 years old: $23.00 – Senior Citizens (62 years old and up): $26.00 – Free entrance with New York Pass.

The Empire State Building is a skyscraper located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and West 34th Street, in the city of New York, United States. Its name comes from the State of New York's nickname. For more than 40 years it was the tallest building in the world, since the end of construction in 1931 until 1972, the year when construction was completed on the north tower of the World Trade Center. The Empire State Building was designed by William F. Lamb. It stands at 1250 feet tall from the street to the 102nd floor, including the 203 feet of the pinnacle, its total height comes to 1453 feet and 8 inches. It has 85 lines of communication and the office space is at 200 m2. There is an exterior observation deck on the 86th floor.

A difference with the majority of skyscrapers, the Empire State Building has an art deco design, typical of the architecture of pre- World War II in New York. The modern marquees on the entrances of the 33rd and 34th floors lead to two floors with high corridors with the entire nucleus of elevators, going through closed stainless steel bridges and glass on the 2nd floor. In 1964 spotlights were added to illuminate the top part of the building at night, with colors chosen based on the season and other events, like those of St. Patrick's Day or Christmas. After Frank Sinatra's 80th birthday and subsequent death, for example, the building was lit with blue lights to represent his nickname of “Old Blue Eyes”. After the death of actress Fay Wray (King Kong) in 2004, the building was completely dark for a good 15 minutes. The lights used were red, white, and blue for several months prior to the destruction of the World Trade Center and soon after returned to its regular schedule. Traditionally, apart from using the calendar, the building is lit up with the colors of New York's sports teams on nights that each one plays (orange, blue and white for the New York Knicks; red, white and blue for the New York Rangers; and so on. The Empire State is one of the most popular outdoor observatories having been visited by more than 111 million people. The observation platform on the 86th floor offers an amazing 360º view of the city. There is a second observation platform on the 102nd floor which is open to the public. It closed in 1999 but reopened in November 2005. It's completely closed and much smaller than the first one, which can be closed on days with too many visitors. Tourists can pay to visit the observation platform on the 86th floor and an additional number for floor 102


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