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Empire State Building

Location: 350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118

Who doesn’t know The Empire State Building?  This world famous 102-story skyscraper is located on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 m), and with its antenna included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall.

Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world's tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping out of the original World Trade Center's North Tower in late 1970. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York, until One World Trade Center reached a greater height in April 2012.

The Empire State Building is currently the fifth-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States and the 34th-tallest in the world. It is also the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. When measured by pinnacle height, it is the fourth-tallest building in the United States.

This American cultural icon was designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. 

It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the American Institute of Architect’s List of America's Favorite Architecture. There is an observatory on the 86th floor and another one on the 102nd floor where you’ll see some of the most extraordinary views of New York. While you’re on your hop on hop off bus tour, be sure to hop off at the Empire State Building for a visit. No trip to New York would be complete without a stop here!