Built in 1930, the Empire State Building is one of the most memorable buildings in the world and is an iconic representative of New York City and Manhattan Island. The skyscraper has been the location of famous movies (i.e. King Kong), the office of many businesses and at one time, the tallest building in the world.
The 200 foot spire on the top of the 1050 foot tall building was placed, according to former New York State Governor Al Smith and the construction chairman of the building, to serve as a mooring mast for the docking of dirigibles with the argument that the closest port for these blimps was in Ocean County, NJ at the time. However, many believe that the reason the spire was really placed was to top the 1046 foot tall Chrysler Building as the tallest building in the world.
If you have a chance to visit New York City, a stop at the Empire State Building is a must. Seeing the stunning 1930's architecture and hearing the story of how the building was constructed is very much worth the time.
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