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Skyscrapers of New York City

by staff, 04/23/2014 [Updated 02/18/2016]

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  • Empire State Building
    Height: 1,250 feet (does not include 204-foot spire)
    NYC rank: 3
    The tall and short of it: The tallest building in the world from its completion in 1931 until 1972 (when the north tower of the World Trade Center surpassed it), the Empire State Building might be the best-known skyscraper anywhere. The art deco masterpiece has appeared in movies numerous times, most famously in King Kong. There are offices in the Empire State Building, but it's also an extremely popular attraction for the trips up to the top. Find more information at the official Empire State Building website.
    Fun fact: It only took one year and 45 days to build the Empire State Building.
    Is there an observation deck? Yes. For details on how to visit, check out

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