The the building that owns its own area code

            The empire state building is one of
the most well-known buildings in America as it has been featured in many big
budget films such as King Kong, elf, Independence Day and countless others, to
most that is all they know about the famed building. If you want to visit the
building that owns its own area code you will have to find the entrance on fifth
avenue which is quite easy because you will spot a gathering of people around
the doors, after you find you way through the crowd you will be greeted by one
of the most impressive lobbies I have ever seen in my life, if I could visit
again I would make a point to spend more time there to fully appreciate it. After
the lobby you have to wait in long agonizing lines unless you buy the Express
Pass which my family did because we had limited time in New York. Within 20
minutes we were through security and in the elevator to the 80th
floor which has one of the coolest entertainment systems I have ever seen in an
elevator, it shows a well animated tour of the building being built on the roof
as you are ascending which makes the typical elevator awkwardness sub zero
while also providing a some what comical look on how few safety measures the
workers took during construction. After you leave the elevator you enter a heavily
occupied museum-esque exhibit which shows the challenges that had to be overcome
to complete construction as well as plaques showing some of the more famous
movies the building has been featured in, most notably King Kong. After
experiencing this you go onto an elevator that brings you up to the 86th
floor, this level has one of the best views of New York you will find, this
view is what I believe makes the empire state building such a desirable tourist
destination and can lure people away from its roots planted deeply in American history.
There is another elevator to go to the 102nd floor, this elevator is
much different as it is not modernized, it still has a door that closes by
sliding a metal mesh guard the interior is very compact and not comfortable,
but it allows you to see an even higher view of New York although I believe its
less breathtaking than the 86th floor because you are encased in glass.
After the full experience you leave through a typical tourist giftshop that
sells T-Shirts and little trinkets.


            Construction of the empire state
building started in 1930 at the end of the roaring 20’s and was completed in
1931, this skyscraper marked a technological milestone in American history.
This building introduced many new construction techniques required to streamline
the process and manage the 3400 workers needed to complete a skyscraper this
scale in less than 14 months or a year and 45 days. by 1930 the USA was heading
into the great depression, these workers relied on this building for their
wellbeing and were given a good wage with good hours considering the time. The
steelworkers were called sky boys or sky walkers on account of being hundreds
of feet up fearlessly riveting pieces of the large metal frame together.
Roughly 4.5 floors were built in a week, every week. When the empire state
building was completed it was the tallest skyscraper in the world standing at
1,454 feet, this was a technological feat itself, but many smaller feats also
came from this. The elevator up to the 80th floor is significant because no
other elevator has ever traveled 80 stories prior to this one. The empire state
buildings innovation does not stop at the height, construction and elevator,
almost every system in the empire state building is innovative, for example,
the water system was unlike any other skyscraper at the time, with tanks
located inside the building this made accessing them easier and safer. This
water system required 70 miles of piping in order to provide water to the over
two and a half million square feet that the skyscraper hosts. The empire state
buildings history does not stop after it was constructed, in 1945 the building
survived a B-25 Bomber crashing into it, the skyscraper was open for business
just 2 days after the accident, in 1981 the empire state building is declared a
landmark and in 1986 it is declared a historical landmark.

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would recommend this site to others due to its rich and interesting history however
unless you purchase the express pass you will be waiting in lines that could
take hours, severely taking away from the experience. If you only have a short time
to spend at the empire state building I would recommend seeing the 86th
floor as quickly as possibly because of how breathtaking the view is, 30
minutes on the 86th floor seems like 5 minutes, so it is easy to
lose track of time. Another historical site I would like to visit similar to
the empire state building in New York is the 9/11 memorial, unfortunately I did
not have enough time during my trip to New York to visit it however if I visit New
York again that will definitely be on my to-do list.