Empire State Building

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The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of New York City's leading landmarks and, as of 1997, the fourth tallest building building in Manhattan.

Elisa Maza brought Goliath to the Empire State Building when she gave him his first tour of the city and later on, Angela, Brooklyn, Broadway, and Lexington hung out on top of the building. ("Awakening: Part Three", "Reunion")

Real World Background

The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark Art Deco skyscraper in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York, The Empire State. It stood as the world's tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building once again became the tallest building in New York City and New York State.

The 9/11 Commission reported that the original plan for the September 11 attacks called for the hijacking of ten planes, one of which was to be crashed into Empire State Building.

The Empire State Building has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the List of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA. The building is owned and managed by W&H Properties.

The Empire State Building is the fifth tallest skyscraper in the Americas (after One World Trade Center, the Willis Tower, 432 Park Avenue, and Trump International Hotel and Tower), and the 25th tallest in the world. It is also the fifth tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. In 2010, the Empire State building underwent a $550 million renovation, with $120 million utilized in an effort to transform the building into a more energy efficient and eco-friendly structure.

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