New York City today celebrates 80th anniversary of the historic landmark in town – the Empire State Building. It was opened on May 1, 1931. That day the building was inaugurated by President Herbert Hoover with the pressing of button in The White House that turned on the lights in this historic structure.
Construction of 102 story skyscraper began in 1929 and it took them 410 days to complete this herculean task.
“Empire State Building”, bearing structures made of steel and aluminum, while the outer one is finished with granite and limestone for long 40 years held the title of being the tallest building in the world. Its height is 443 meters. Empire State Building not only survived the Great Depression, but a serious catastrophe also. On 28th July 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the building after losing sight due to heavy fog.
It was only in the year 1973, when twin towers of World Trade Center were erected in the NYC, the Empire State Building lost its title of “highest building”. However, the skyscraper has not lost its appeal to the New Yorkers and its visitors. Observation decks, located on 86th floor of the building, offer a splendid view over the city.
After the collapse of WTC Twin Towers after terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Empire State again became the tallest building in New York. At the moment it is the third tallest building in the U.S. after the Willis Tower and the Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago. Moreover, it is the ninth tallest building in the world.