What Most People Don’t Know About the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is an iconic landmark in New York City that most people recognize instantly. However, there are many things about the building that most people don’t know. For example, the height of the building depends on how you measure it. At its top floor, it stands 1,250 feet tall. Counting the spire and antenna, the building clocks in at a mighty 1,454 feet. It’s currently the fourth tallest building in New York City, the 6th tallest in the U.S., and the 43rd tallest in the world. To make it to the 102nd floor observatory, you have to climb 1,872 steps. Thankfully, the Empire State Building houses a whopping 73 elevators. While you’re at the top, you can wave to the building’s neighbors. That’s because on a clear day, you can see the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Delaware from the observatory. Many people don’t realize that the Empire State building is more than just a tourist attraction. Many businesses call the building home, including LinkedIn, Shutterstock, the FDIC, beauty products company Coty, and Boy Scouts of America. The tenants’ entrance is located on Fifth Avenue, while the visitors’ entrance is on West 34th Street. You can visit the Empire State Building daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. To visit the Main Deck on the building’s 86th floor, the ticket will cost you $45. However, if you want to go to the Observation Deck on the 102nd floor, you'll have to pay an additional $20. To skip all the lines, an Express Entry Ticket will set you back $85.