New York Empire State Building
Pictures of our NY Tour
Here's a picture of the New York Empire State building. It was kind of a foggy day, so the picture didn't come out too good.
You can see what it is like to view the Empire State building from the New York tour bus, which is a doubledecker bus.
A little bit of History
Our tour guide on the microphone, told us a little bit of the history of the Empire State building. He said that during the Great Depression it was called The Empty State Building. He also told us that a plane flew into it once, and the Empire State building didn't even shake.
This is what I found out doing some research. "At 9:49 a.m. on Saturday July 28, 1945, a B-25 Mitchell bomber accidentally crashed into the north side between the 79th and 80th floors.
The fire was put out in 40 minutes and 14 people were killed. An elevator operator, Betty Lou Oliver survived a plunge of 75 stories inside an elevator, and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest elevator fall recorded."
"The Empire State Building, a 102-story contemporary Art Deco style building in New York City, was designed by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon Associates and built in 1931.
The Empire State Building rises to 1,250 feet or 381 m at the 102nd floor, and its full structural height (including broadcast antenna) reaches 1,472 feet or 448 m. The building was officially opened on May 1, 1931, but much of its office space went unrented until the 1940s. The building has 6,500 windows, 73 elevators, and 1,860 steps to the top floor.
The building stands on a block once occupied by the original Waldorf Hotel, a haven for The Four Hundred, the social elite of New York in the late 19th Century. Previous to that, the site had first been developed as the John Thomson Farm, in the late 18th century.
In 1994 without any warning, a French climber named Alain "Spiderman" Robert, using just his bare hands and feet and with no safety devices, scaled the building's exterior wall all the way to the top."
- See a larger picture of our first view of the Empire State Building... first view
View from the Bottom of Empire State Building
In the bottom picture we are at the bottom of the Empire State Building looking up.
I was amazed that it looked totally different viewing it this way.
We could have hopped off the tour bus at the Empire State Building, but the sky was so overcast we felt that we wouldn't be able to see anything if we went to the top of the Empire State Building.
And we had just gotten on the bus, and was wanted to see more views before we got off.
See >> Times Square
See the doubledecker tour bus we rode on, called NewYorkSites.