Empire state building
The Empire State Building in New York is an extraordinary Art deco skyscraper which boasts of 102 storeys. Today it is recognised as one of the city´s most significant landmarks as well as a National Historic Landmark. This phenomenal skyscraper soars over a quarter of a mile into the open skies of the heart of Manhattan. For over 40 years The Empire State Building earned the reputation of being the tallest building in the world. Completion of this gigantic building took place in 1931. The Empire State Building only became second to the North Tower of the World Trade Centre which was completed in 1972. Following the damage caused to the World Trade Centre in 2001 the State Building soared to occupy the top slot once more. The American Society of Civil Engineers recently named the Empire State Building as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. In 1986 the site was selected as a National Historic Landmark and in 2007 the building topped the list of America’s Favourite Architecture according to the AIA. The 86th floor of the State Building features an observatory that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city beneath. More than 3.5 million people head to the 86th floor in order to catch a glimpse of the stunning views which are about 1,050 feet above the busy New York City streets. The Empire State Building which is today a popular tourist attraction offers its visitors a wide range of activities. For instance, the observatory is open right throughout the year for those interested on viewing the city from great heights. The building houses restaurants, a sushi bar, coffee shops, greeting card shops, pharmacy, post office, banks and even a movie theatre. Quite a number of exhibitions take place during the year at the lobby of the State Building. The Empire State Building has become an integral part of life in New York. It is also a great example of the magnificence of typical American style Art Deco architecture. The best way to feel the excitement of this impressive building is to stay at a nearby New York hotel. For example, Millennium Broadway Hotel New York is well known for its calming, upscale ambiance and distinctive service.