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Empire State Building.

29/07/2013

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http://www.clintonfoundation.org/main/clinton-foundation-blog.html/2013/05/08/how-the-empire-state-building-redefined-sustainability-and-supported-the-economy-in-new-york-city/

This blog post was also featured on the C40 Climate Cities Leadership Group‘s blog and National Geographic‘s blog on May 8, 2013. 

There are more than 900,000 buildings in New York City alone.

These structures, both historic and contemporary, literally define a city like New York. Landmarks like the Empire State Building draw in thousands of people every day for work and tourism. Yet these structures also place a high demand on our environment and national resources. Across the United States, the operations of existing buildings account for more than 36 percent of total energy use and over 65 percent of electricity consumption. In major cities, such as New York City, commercial and residential buildings consume 75 percent of total energy use.  

I believe this is actually good news.  With our pioneering work at the Empire State Building, the most famous office building in the world, we have proven that there is a business case for implementing a program to substantially reduce this impact.  Eighty percent of the buildings that exist in New York City today will still be here in 2050. While there has been significant progress in energy and sustainability performance requirements and guidelines for new construction, there has been less of a focus on developing quantitative and transparent processes and case studies for owners and stakeholders to follow to green older buildings like ours. Yet our work with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and its partners has shown that retrofitting existing buildings is the best way for a city to become environmentally sustainable.  Investing capital in making buildings more efficient has one of the best ROI’s an owner can make.

When CCI approached us about retrofitting the Empire State Building, we realized we had an extraordinary opportunity to not only reduce our environmental impact and cut our expenses, but also to create a replicable model for other developers to do the same.

In one day, the Empire State Building alone consumes as much energy as 40,000 single family homes.

The energy retrofit will save $4.4 million annually in energy costs, and reduce 105,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years—equivalent to removing 25,000 cars from the road.

In addition, we retrofitted 6,514 windows in the building, which helps reduce summer heat load and winter heat loss, and retrofitted HVAC units to optimize the existing building control system.

Our retrofits have also helped to stimulate the local economy while creating more than 250 local and regional jobs over the course of the retrofits, from manufacturing to construction and engineering.

In retrofitting the Empire State Building we not only wanted to lessen our impact on the environment but, more importantly, to provide an example for developers and governments around the world that sustainability is an economically feasible reality.

If the largest 20 percent of buildings in New York City alone replicated the Empire State Building’s commitment and reduced their energy usage by 40percent, New York City’s energy usage would be reduced by 25percent. 

This commitment is not based on the owner’s dedication to environmental stewardship.  This commitment is based on the team’s commitment – and contract – to deliver a minimum 38percent energy reduction, saving $4.4 million annually with a 3.1-year payback.

It has been a profound privilege to act as the program manager for the development and implementation of the replicable process, implementation of energy projects, and ongoing Measurement & Verification of the performance of the energy retrofit of the Empire State Building.  The retrofits demonstrate that greening buildings has immense environmental and financial value. Already during the retrofit process, we have had several instances of owners, vendors, loaners and developers who were driven to take action themselves. They recognized that the process, tools, and strategies we used are easily adopted and fulfilled with a brief payback period and significant annual savings.

I believe that the Empire State Building alone has changed the way people view their ability to make a difference while making a profit.  Just think what a difference we can make in reducing energy usage while generating revenue.  We have demonstrated that the two go together successfully.

I have never worked on a project where we were not able to identify energy projects with a five-year payback or less.  Now, it’s time to get started on the other 899,999 buildings in New York!

Dana Robbins Schneider

Senior Vice President & Program Manager, East Region, Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle

Dana Robbins Schneider leads Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) Energy and Sustainability Services division in a region anchored by New York City, Boston and Washington DC. Her focus is on energy optimization as well as the development and…

Comment: Very Good job.

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30/12/2011

Διαβάζω: οικολογικό θα γίνει το Empire State Building με την τοποθέτηση 6.500 νέων παραθύρων που θα είναι τέσσερις φορές ποιο αποτελεσματικά στην διατήρηση της θερμοκρασίας και θα επιτρέπουν καλύτερο κλιματισμό.
Επίσης θα αλλάξουν τα τέσσερα συστήματα κλιματισμού με ένα ποιο «νέο» τεχνολογικά και ποιο έξυπνο, έτσι ώστε να υπάρχει καλύτερη απόδοση. Το κτίριο να είναι ποιο ζεστό το χειμώνα και ποιο δροσερό το καλοκαίρι.
Οι ιδιοκτήτες θα ξοδέψουν 13 εκατομμύρια ευρώ.

Όπως έχω γράψει εδώ και πολύ καιρό. Η οικολογική αναβάθμιση των κτηρίων θα είναι το στίγμα της αρχιτεκτονικής του 21ου αιώνα.

Τα κτήρια πρέπει να είναι Ενεργειακά αυτόνομα . Τέτοιες Ενέργειες συνεισφέρουν στην οικονομία τα μέγιστα.
Η επένδυση που κάνει το Empire State Building είναι μια λογική ενέργεια. Φυσικά όλα τα χρήματα που θα δώσει, θα τα πάρει πίσω. Θα τα κάνει απόσβεση.

Το Empire State Building ήταν το ψηλότερο κτήριο του Κόσμου από το 1931 μέχρι το 1973. 42 ολόκληρα χρόνια. Το ρεκόρ της χρονικής διατήρησης  στην πρώτη θέση, το κατέχει ακόμη.
Βρίσκεται στην πέμπτη λεωφόρο στο Μανχάταν της  Νέας Υόρκης – New York – και έχει ύψος 381 μέτρα.  Όποιος πάει στην Νέα Υόρκη δε μπορεί να μην επισκεφτεί το Empire State Building και την ταράτσα του.

Το Μάιο του 1931 ο Βασιλιάς ήταν έτοιμος να ανέβει στο θρόνο του.

Το κόστος έφτασε τα 41 εκατομμύρια δολάρια.
Η όλη διαδικασία ξεκίνησε την 1η Οκτωβρίου του 1929 με την κατεδάφιση του ξενοδοχείου «Ουόλτροφ Αστόρια».
Πάνω από 60.000 τόνοι χάλυβα χρησιμοποιήθηκαν για να φτιαχτεί.

Η Αμερική έδειχνε τον δυναμισμό της. Οι σύγχρονοι ουρανοξύστες ξεκίνησαν στην Αμερική και έγιναν σύμβολα Οικονομικής και τεχνολογικής ισχύος.
Οι ουρανοξύστες θα συνεχίσουν να είναι σύμβολα ισχύος. Μια πρωτεύουσα, πρέπει να έχει τουλάχιστον έναν ουρανοξύστη.

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Ο μεγαλύτερος ουρανοξύστης σήμερα είναι στο Dubai – Burj Dubai. Έχει ύψος 829,84 μέτρα. Στοίχησε 1,5 δις δολάρια. Άνοιξε στις 4/01/2010. Το ερώτημα είναι πόσο θα κρατήσει αυτό το ρεκόρ.

04/01/2012

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Όταν φτιάχτηκε το Empire State Building ήταν μια αρχιτεκτονική καινοτομία. Ήταν το ψηλότερο κτήριο, φτιάχτηκε σε χρόνο ρεκόρ. Η κατασκευή του έδειξε την αρχιτεκτονική ωριμότητα του 20ου αιώνα. Στην Αμερική ακολούθησαν το γιγαντιαίο στην υπηρεσία του πολίτη. Σε αντίθεση με την Ναζιστική Γερμανία και την Σοβιετική Ένωση.
Το Empire State Building είναι πάνω από όλα λειτουργικό. Εξυπηρετεί βασικές ανάγκες της καθημερινότητας και δίνει παράλληλα ένα στάτους δύναμης, τεχνολογικής και οικονομικής.
Είναι ένα σύγχρονο μνημείο μέσα στο οποίο ζεις. Ήταν μια σκέψη σαφώς πολύ προχωρημένη. Όσοι έφτιαξαν το Empire State Building  σαφώς και δεν σκέφτηκαν όλα αυτά. Αυτοί απλώς έκαναν κάτι φυσιολογικό στην προηγούμενη πορεία.
Ακόμα κι αν εγώ βρισκόμουν τότε και τους τα έλεγα όλα αυτά, θα με περνούσαν για τρελό. Ζούσαν μέσα στην πραγματικότητα τους. Ήταν η ζωντανή κουλτούρα τους.
Αυτά διαχωρίζουν την Αμερική, από την Γερμανία ή την Σοβιετική Ένωση.
Ο άνθρωπος του 20ου αιώνα τεχνολογικά μπορούσε να φτιάξει κτήρια με κατεύθυνση τον ουρανό.

Τον 21ο αιώνα η πρόκληση είναι σχέδια σαν αυτό του Stefano Boeri. Του ιταλού αρχιτέκτονα που φτιάχνει στην γειτονιά Isola του Μιλάνου κάτι πρωτοποριακό. Θα έλεγα ότι η πρόταση του Stefano Boeri ανοίγει τελειωτικά την σκηνή της Αρχιτεκτονικής του 21ου αιώνα. Καλοδεχούμενη.

Ο 21ος αιώνας είναι συναρπαστικός, τώρα θα μου πείτε τι σας γράφω.
Είναι σίγουρο ότι θα δούμε πολύ ενδιαφέροντα κτήρια. Ενεργειακά εργοστάσια και πολύ φιλικά στον άνθρωπο. Θα βιώσουμε μια καινούρια σχέση με το περιβάλλον.

Τα κτήρια του Stefano Boeri θα είναι έτοιμα το 2014 και θα στοιχήσουν  πάνω από 60 εκατομμύρια ευρώ.
Ο πρώτος πύργος θα έχει ύψος 110 μέτρα και ο δεύτερος 76. Σίγουρα έχουν το ρεκόρ μέχρι τώρα. 

Η πρόσοψη τους θα είναι καλυμμένη με 900 δέντρα ύψους 3, 6 και 9 μέτρων που θα συνδυάζονται με πλήθος θάμνων, λουλουδιών και φυτών.
Πρέπει να γνωρίζεται ότι τα δέντρα και γενικά η φύση ηρεμεί τον άνθρωπο και του δίνει ευεξία.
Τα κτήρια θα ανακυκλώνουν το νερό που θα χρησιμοποιούν οι ένοικοι τους για να ποτίζουν τα δέντρα και τα υπόλοιπα φυτά.  Έχουν πολλές καινοτομίε

06/01/2012

http://blog.aia.org/favorites/2007/02/1_empire_state_building_1931_n.html

As one of the world’s most recognizable structures, the Empire State Building has come to symbolize the commercial strength and vitality of New York City.  Architect William Lamb used the simple shape of a pencil as the basis of his design.  Standing 1,250 feet tall, the Art Deco–style building was an engineering wonder of its time.  Its prominent spire served as a perch for King Kong in the 1933 film.

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http://theswishlife.com/architecture/the-empire-state-building/

Here’s the second installment of The Swish Life Magazine newest feature: a monthly artistic cartoon highlighting New York City landmarks. Illustrator and artist Mark Hayward has dedicated this month to the infamous Empire State Building.

The Empire State Building.

A New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, this classic building towers more than a quarter of a mile into the sky above the heart of Manhattan.
It’s one of the city’s main tourist attractions with a variety of fun for its hundreds of daily visitors. From exploring in the Observatory, eating in the two restaurants, sushi bar, or three coffee shops, browsing in the drug store or  Hallmark card shop, it’s only the beginning of the many things to see and do.
There’s also the New York SKYRIDE, an independently owned and operated simulated helicopter ride and virtual-reality movie theater. Art exhibits, concerts, and shows make up more of bulk that both tourists and locals enjoy any time of year.
A symbol American ingenuity and Art Deco architecture, the Empire State Building is a NYC must.

Other interesting facts:
The architect is Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Associates.
It was completed  on November 13, 1930.
It cost 40,948,900 (including land).
It is 1,454 feet (1,453 feet, 8 9/16th inches) or 443.2 meters to top of lightning rod.

And is 37 million cubic feet.
There are 6,500 windows.

100 tons of trash and waste are removed from the building each month.
The Empire State Building

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http://kumidesignproject.blogspot.com/2011/04/empire-state-building-new-york.html

Friday, 1 April 2011
Empire State Building, New York

Architect: William F. Lamb of Shreve, Lamb and Harmon Architect Firm
Structural Engineers:  H.G. Balcom of H.G. Balcom and Associates

The Empire State Building was completed in 1931 and is greatly seen as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. while it was being built it was in stiff competition to be the worlds tallest building against other projects like the Chrysler building also of New York.

For more than 40 the Empire State stood as the tallest building in the world until it was surpassed by the twin towers (temporerily) however in recent years projects in dubai have topped it and the empire state is now ranked the 15th tallest building in the world.

The building was officially opened on May 1, 1931 in elaborate fashion, when the United States President at the time Herbert Hoover turned on the building’s lights with the push of a button all way from Washington, D.C. Coincidentally, the first use of tower lights atop the Empire State Building, the following year, was for the purpose of signaling the victory of Franklin D. Roosevelt over Hoover in the presidential election of November 1932. Today the Empire State is a large tourist attraction New York, with its incredible 360 degree views of surrounding Manhatten.

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http://www.valanduseconstructionlaw.com/articles/economy/
Posted on January 29, 2010 by Timothy R. Hughes
The Empire State Building retrofit project is reaching for rarefied air: improved energy efficiency,  reduced carbon emissions, and rapid and healthy return on investment.  Recent case study documentation for the project suggests this project will hit the ball out of the bark on all fronts.  Highlights include:

An estimated 38% energy savings compared to high level class A office space.

A 3.1 year payback on the incremental cost increase to fund proposed energy efficiency measures

•    An 9.2% estimated tenant space savings when increased project costs are weighed against the net present value of energy savings to tenant space fit-outs
•    Reduction of well over 100,000 tons of CO2 emissions over 15 years.

This project concept directly touches on the concepts of energy efficiency, performance and return on investment that formed the backbone of the recent Trends in Building Green seminar we discussed here. 

The Empire State Building project also serves as not only a model, but a potential market game changer and advances many of our predictions for this next building cycle.
On a personal note, I spend a lot of work time looking “green” issues from a contracts, client or risk management perspective.  I spent a lot of personal time thinking about sustainability for its own sake in the context of raising a family and working towards a sustainable future economically and environmentally.  I like environmental sustainability for its own sake, but I love when creative and motivated people fuse the moral high ground with economic success.
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08/01/2012

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Το ψηλότερο ξενοδοχειακό συγκρότημα  βρίσκεται Dubai. Έχει ύψος 376 μέτρα και 77 ορόφους: Emirates Towers Park.  
Οι άνθρωποι είναι απελευθερωμένοι και κτίζουν ψηλά κτήρια, που δίνουν λύσεις σε χώρους με μεγάλο πληθυσμό.  Η τεχνολογία για κτήρια μέχρι 800 μέτρα ύψος  πλέον υπάρχει.
Θα μπορούσε η Κυβέρνηση της Ινδίας να φτιάξει έναν συγκρότημα από ουρανοξύστες και να στεγάσει όσους είναι σε παραγκουπολεις στο Νέο Δελχί ή αλλού. Να λύσει έτσι σοβαρά προβλήματα. Αυτό ισχύει και για την Βραζιλία.

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http://www.albawaba.com/damac-properties%E2%80%99-park-towers-difc-receives-completion-certificate-382823

DAMAC Properties, the Middle East’s largest independent developer, has announced it’s received the completion certificate for its iconic ‘Park Towers’ development in the DIFC.
The elliptical twin tower development is an embodiment of unique architectural design and modern engineering. The concept architect for the project was award winning San Francisco based firm Gensler, the same architect responsible for the ‘DIFC Gate Building.’

“Park Towers makes a striking addition to the architecturally impressive landscape of the DIFC. The completion certificate is the first step in the handover process, and while we are still finalising the landscaping and interiors, we expect to deliver the building shortly” said Niall Mc Loughlin Senior Vice President DAMAC Properties.
The two oval towers are encased in an energy-reducing, solar glass skin, which glistens in the sunlight. The glass cladding proposed a challenge for the contractors, due to the fact that each panel on the facade is a different size and shape. Completing the giant 3D puzzle required the latest CAD design and 3D software to configure the panels.
The glass cladding allows every residential and office unit to have a sheer glass outlook, and also serves to create an ‘industrial chic’ feel to the interiors. “The unique architectural design of the towers is aesthetically pleasing from both the exterior and interior perspectives of the buildings. The curved glazed facade allows every apartment to have a view beyond 180 degrees” Mc Loughlin added.
In addition, the executive residential apartments will be serviced by panoramic lifts, which will give residents and their guests a thrilling sense of exhilaration every time they make their way up to their apartment.
Park Towers sits on a 130,000 sq ft plot, rising 180 meters above ground, with the main building elevations facing the east. The towers each have 3 basements, 7 podiums and 42 additional floors.
The two oval towers are connected via a multi-level podium, with boutique retail outlets and restaurants on podiums 1, 3 and 4. There is a seamless transition to the following seven floors of office space, on podiums 5 -7, as well as the first four tower floors (levels 5-11). Residential floors begin on the 12th floor and take up the higher levels of the development.
The health club is strategically positioned on a split level deck at podiums 4 and 7; with beautifully landscaped gardens framing the tennis court and temperature controlled outdoor swimming pool. The tennis court is situated on the upper deck, with the swimming pool, BBQ area, children’s pool and play area all set amongst landscaped gardens on the lower deck.
The gardens are overlooked by the impressive resident lounge, party room, large gym and crèche, all with state of the art facilities. The spa areas, with male and female steam and sauna facilities, are accessible from the gym.
“Park Towers was designed with the corporate executive in mind. It is a high-end mixed-use development which was designed to allow its residents to live, work and play within the perimeter of the development, whilst being within walking distance of the Dubai International Financial Centre and all it has to offer” Mc Loughlin added.
Enquiries for leasing office space rose 20 per cent in the first two months of this year according to UAE property management company Asteco. The DIFC in particular has been attracting new tenants which include international hedge fund Platinum Wealth Management and asset manager Neuberger Berman. Dubai Reliance Capital is also increasing head-count in Dubai, and consequently expanding office-space within the DIFC.
“Dubai is re-asserting its position as the leading regional hub for tourism, logistics and finance. There is an increase not only in the number of multinational companies establishing their regional headquarters in Dubai, but in established MNC’s expanding their operations. These companies are demanding quality office space, and their employees are demanding quality residential properties” Mc Loughlin commented.
Supporting these indicators of a strengthening business climate, the Dubai Economic Development Authority announced that it had issued 13,817 trade licenses in 2010, a 17 per cent year-on-year increase.
According to a recent report by financial and professional services company Jones Lang LaSalle, some residential and office locations have stabilised. Luxury and quality will always be appealing to customers, and DAMAC Properties will continue to target investors who value premium property investments.

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http://www.godubai.com/realestate/propertydetails.aspx?pcode=15&flag=c

PARK TOWER
DAMAC PROPERTIES
Dubai Investment Park, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Located at the crossroads of the major international capital markets of New York, London and Hong Kong, Dubai is the hub connecting the region with the 24 / 7 global financial network. Conceived by the government of Dubai for the benefit of UAE, the location is merely seconds away from Gold, Stocks & DIFC and minutes away from the epoch making monorail transport system.

A Unique integration of building, offering everything expected of a world class cosmopolitan city – including offices, serviced apartments, hotels, shops and restaurants, it even has a museum, an art gallery and performing art center adding to its attraction as a resort destination.

Its duality, expressed by the two vertical solid fins, represents the rigid urban form reaching into the sky, from which the curved expressive soft form of the tower façade is suspended. Offering a panoramic view of Dubai and the financial center, the towers express the aspiration of modern living within en exiting urban development.

• Surrounded by lush green walkways
• Exquisite 1, 2, &3 bedroom apartments
• Beautifully designed lobby

Designed to provide exceptional comfort and convenience, Park Tower is poised to be the most sought after address in Dubai’s International Financial Centers. A true masterpiece of contemporary architecture and distinct styling
CAPUTERING THE ESSANCE OF LIFE The park tower is intelligent designed to ensure the every apartment has a wide balcony offering you the freedom to relax and enjoying the stunning view of the financial district.
Every apartment includes excellent facilities and services:

• Central air-conditioning
• Ceramic floors throughout
• Double glazing
• Kitchen amenities including fridge and cooker
• Individual post boxes
• Round-the-clock security
• Concierge desk offering 24 Hrs services
• 5-star amenities such as room service and housekeeping

08/02/2012

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http://www.citypass.com/blog/empire-state-building-worlds-famous-office-building

History Highlights:

1930: On March 17, construction of the Empire State Building began. The framework rose at a rate of 4 1/2 stories per week.

1931: On May 1, President Hoover pressed a button in Washington, D.C., which turned on the Empire State Building’s lights and officially opened the building.

1937: The first officially sanctioned climb to the top of the Empire State Building took place by 49-year-old A. W. Aldrich, a Vermont Farmer, who reached the top in 36 minutes.

1950: For its 20 anniversary, the Empire State Building received a new antenna for television, FM radio, and emergency broadcasting.

1955: The American Society of Civil Engineers selected the Empire State Building as one of the seven greatest engineering achievements in America’s history.

1956: Four large beacon lights were installed at the foot of the television tower called “Operation Light Up the Sky,” also known as “The Freedom Lights.”

1964: Escalators were installed in the Empire State Building.

1974: July 3 was the first time the lights were turned back on after the energy crisis, which began a year earlier, forcing them to “shut off” temporarily.

1976: The 50 millionth visitor came to the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building began using colored floodlights to illuminate the building at night.

1980: Empire State Building received its own zip code: 10118.

1981: On May 18, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission declared the building a landmark.

1982: On December 20, the Empire State Building was listed on the State & National Register of Historic Places.

2002: Peter L. Malkin, who already owned the 114-year lease on the building, purchased the actual building, making him both owner and manager of the Empire State Building.

2007: The Empire State Building was named “America’s Favorite Architecture” in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects.

2009: The Empire State Building announced its sustainability program to reduce the carbon footprint and be more energy-efficient, making it the global model for retrofitting existing buildings.

Vital Statistics

The total height of the building, including the broadcast tower, is 1,453 feet, 8 9/16 inches.

From the ground to the 86th floor observatory is 1,050 feet.

The height of the building from the ground to the 102nd floor observatory is 1,250 feet.

The height of the broadcast tower is 203 feet, 8 9/16 inches.

  • Number of floors: 103
  • Number of steps: 1,872 from street level to 103rd floor.
  • Number of windows: 6,514
  • Number of entrances: 5
  • Number of elevators: 73, including six freight elevators, operating at speeds from 600 to 1,400 feet per minute

Land Area: 79,288 sq ft

Construction Facts:

  • 200,000 cubic feet of Indiana limestone & granite exterior cladding
  • An estimated 10 million bricks
  • 730 tons of aluminum and stainless steel
  • 57,000 tons of steel
  • 473 miles of electrical wiring
  • 70 miles of pipe
  • Volume: 37 million cubic feet
  • Weight: 365,000 tons
  • Foundation: 55 feet (16.7 meters) below bround, 210 columns at the base
  • Duration: one year and 45 days to build
  • Man-hours: 7,000,000 hours to build
  • Cost: $24,718,000 (building), $40,948,900 (building and property)

Observatory Facts

The Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world’s most beloved attractions and is the region’s #1 tourist destination.

Opened to the public in 1931

Approximately four million visitors each year

Observatory Hours

  • Open daily 365 days a year
  • 8 a.m. to 2.a.m. seven days a week
  • The last elevators go up at 1:15a.am.

In the Movies

  • King Kong
  • An Affair to Remember
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Elf
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • Independence Day
  • Hancock
  • more…

Famous Visitors

  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Mariah Carey
  • Fidel Castro
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Bill Clinton
  • Tom Cruise
  • Celine Dion
  • Roger Federer
  • Prince Andrew, Duke of York
  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • more…
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Posted December 30, 2011 by bmplefour in USA BUILDING

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