The Top 10 New York Attractions include the Empire State Building
Visit New York and enjoy the exciting sights and sounds of the “City That Never Sleeps” including the Empire State Building – and be sure to choose the Paramount Hotel – a New York Hotel.
The Empire State Building is one of NYC’s Top Attractions and has been an icon for the World’s Most Exciting city since it was completed in 1931. Perhaps no other building has been a more important part of the city’s skyline having played a part in many movies, television shows and entertainment productions.
The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark Art Deco Skyscraper and is one of the most popular NYC Attractions in the heart of Manhattan in New York City. It towers to 1,250 feet (381 meters) on the corner of 5th Avenue and West 34th Street. The name of the Empire State Building is derived from of New York’s nickname, “the Empire State.”
Completed in 1931, The Empire State Building was considered the world’s tallest building until the World Trade Center’s North Tower was completed in 1972.
An ideal way to stay in New York City is to choose a Times Square Hotel like the historic Paramount Hotel, a Times Square New York City Hotel. Located on 46th Street in Times Square since the late 1920s, Paramount Hotel provides Manhattan style and easy access to New York City’s Landmarks, Events & Attractions, including Broadway Theater District, Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, Central Park, Madison Square Garden, and countless other NYC Attractions.
Ranked as a top New York Attraction, visitors to Manhattan make their way to the Empire State Building for the thrill of a lifetime: the journey nearly a quarter of a mile above Fifth Avenue to the Empire State Observatory. Once there, you are treated to breathtaking panoramas across the skyline, avenues and byways of the New York Metropolitan areas, to as far away as 4 neighboring states.
Quick Facts about the Empire State Building:
As the world's tallest building for 40 years until 1972, The Empire State Building remains one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world and a top NY Attraction, built in just 18 months during the Great Depression.
- The original cost of the Empire State Building, including the price of land, was $40,948,000, a very low price even at the time for a building of this size. The building itself cost only $24,718,000.
- The Empire State Building was built on the former site of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
- The Empire State Building is one of the most popular New York Attractions.
- Developed by John Jakob Raskob, it is reported that he pulled a pencil from his drawer, held it up to his architect (William Lamb), and asked "Bill, how tall can you make it so that it won't fall down?" – thus the shape of the Empire State Building.
- On Saturday, July 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building, which housed the Catholic War Relief Services. Only 14 people died and the Empire State Building reopened 2 days later.
- The observation tower at the top of the Empire State Building was initially intended to be a dock for mooring airships. However, after several futile attempts at mooring a zeppelin in the strong winds present at 1,250 feet, the idea was scrapped.
- The top of the Empire State Building is lit up at night in different colors to celebrate various holidays. For a long time after Sept. 11, 2001, it was continuously lit red, white, and blue.
- The 86th floor observatory is visited by 3.5 million people every year.
- Since the World Trade Center Twin Towers on Sept 11, 2001, the Empire State Building regained its title as “The Tallest Building in NYC.” It is planned to be surpassed by One World Trade Center in 2013.
About Paramount Hotel – A Times Square Hotel
The Paramount Hotel is unrivaled for combining style, comfort, and affordability in the most popular part of New York City. Having been part of the NYC scene since the late 1920s, Paramount Hotel sits in the middle of Times Square, close to all things Manhattan – from the Broadway Theater District, Empire State Building, and neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and SoHo to Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and Madison Avenue.
Business and Leisure Guests will appreciate Paramount Hotel’s classic arched façade, dramatic lobby, the sleek, modern comfort in each of 597 Guest Rooms and Guest Suites with boutique furnishings and posh bathrooms, on-site Boardroom, Fitness Center, Business Center, and friendly Concierge service, as well The Mezzanine Restaurant, Library Bar, and Dean and Deluca’s Gourmet Coffee Shop.
With all there is to discover in and around this prime Times Square location, Paramount Hotel gives Guests an opportunity to stay in true Manhattan style, while being able to step out to all this world-class City has to offer.
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