If you are planning your trip to New York City you are no doubt adding a visit to the Empire State Building. It's architecture as well as its reputation is a must see for the entire family. What's remarkable is that the building is less than 100 years old. The Waldorf-Astoria hotel was the previous tenant on the land that now houses the Empire State Building. After a feud within the Astor family (who owned the Waldorf-Astoria), the hotel moved to Park Avenue. That made way for a new skyscraper in the heart of the city. Although it is no longer the world's tallest building, the Empire State Building held that title for a long time.Did you know that the Empire State Building is part of the New York Pass? Wait! You mean to tell me you have never heard of the New York Pass?
The ESB had a shaky start. Completed during the midst of the Great Depression in May 1931, it had virtually no tenants to occupy the building. The management had a very difficult time filling the building with tenants. Tourism ironically helped keep the building going. Many referred to the building as "The Empty State Building" because of it couldn't find people to rent.
I walk to and from my office in the city. I have been doing this for a while and have a pretty good knowledge of the various streets within the city. But when it was less known to me, I would always use the Empire State Building as a sort of beacon to get my bearings. That is a fond memory of the building for me.
We also should not forget all the movies that contained the Empire State Building. Who can forget the fact that there were a whole slew of movies made with the ESB in their backdrops. To list them all here would be redundent seeing that the ESB's official website already contains them. You can get the complete list here. It's amazing just how many movies this icon was in.
After you ascend to the top and take in the breathtaking views, you'll want to visit the gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs of your visit. They have everything from T-Shirts to keychains to just about any other trinket you can think of. Most people want to pick up a souvenir or two and the staff is quite friendly.
One interesting fact that I just recently discovered is, the ESB now gives a comprehensive educational adventure for academics and pupils, one that challenges the intellect and curiosity alike through the programs found on this site.