The Empire State Building, once the tallest building in the world, turned 90 years old in early May, and we look back on her journey.
Today, the Empire State Building is no longer the tallest building in New York, but it remains an imposing landmark.
At 1,454 feet tall and 102 stories, the Empire State Building was completed on May 1, 1931, and took only one year and 45 days to construct. It was the first building in the world to exceed 100 stories. For nearly 40 years after its completion, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center towers were completed in New York in 1970.
Today, the Empire State Building is only the seventh tallest building in New York, and there are more than 40 skyscrapers around the world that tower over the Empire State Building, but for its rich history, no building can compare to the Empire State Building.
It has attracted countless celebrities and sports stars.
On Thanksgiving Day 2017, three-time Grammy Award winner and Voice of America mentor Gwen Renée Stefani was here to light up the Empire State Building for the holidays.
In 2015, the most prominent figures in the history of world soccer, Franz Beckenbauer and Pele, were also here to push the Empire State Building’s light button to highlight the glory of the New York Cosmos.
In 2011, American women’s tennis superstar Serena Williams held the trophy aloft here after winning her 18th Grand Slam.
The famous 86th floor observation deck has witnessed countless classic love stories on screen and has become a mecca for couples to reveal their hearts and exchange lifelong vows.
Here, too, all the lights have been extinguished on dark nights to remember the tragic Las Vegas shooting of October 1, 2017, and to warn people of gun violence.