The Empire State Building- Unable to go inside do to time constraints during daily tours.

The Empire State Building was completed in 1931 on May 1st. One this date President Hoover marked the conation by turning on the magnificent building’s lights by simply pressing a button all the way from Washington D.C., this just being symbolic of course while the lights were really being turned on by someone in NYC. The idea for this amazing building sprouted from the ego of John Jakob Raskob and not wanting to be bested by the height of the desalting Chrysler Building standing at 1,046 feet. In just over a year the Empire State Building was completed under budget at $40 Million, during certain points of construction the frame grew an amazing four and a half stories a week! At the end of construction the Empire State Building stood at 102 stories and 1,454 feet to the top of it’s lightning rod making it the tallest building in the world until 1972 when New York’s World Trade Center was completed. Today the honor of tallest building in the world belongs to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower, which soars 2,717 feet into the sky while the new World Trade center in NYC is honored with the title of tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. (History)