The Empire State Building, right in the heart of midtown Manhattan, remains one of the most spectacular landmarks known around the world. It’s magnificent presence throughout New York City attracts about 4 million visitors a year.
The skyscraper cannot not be missed in any sense of the word, as it stands impressively at 102-stories high on Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets. The Empire State Building was NYC’s tallest structure after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Since then, the recent construction of One World Trade Center has inched out the Empire State Building as tallest landmark in New York City at 104-stories high.
The ESRT (Empire State Building) has had a lengthy list of owners with such a tangled web of intrigue. Construction on the iconic building began in 1930, and amazingly, it took only one year to finish the majestic structure.
Currently, the Empire State Realty Trust, of which Anthony Malkin serves as Chairman, CEO and President, owns the giant building. He purchased it in 2002, after already owning the 114-year lease on the tower.
Since that time, the Empire State Building has undergone a major face lift to the tune of $550 million, making it more energy-efficient as well as eco-friendly. Then in 2012, Malkin combined the Empire State Building with 17 other properties his family owned into one large, initial public offering for shares to the public to purchase.
Companies who now rent space in the famous landmark include Linked In; Expedia; Starbucks; Shutterstock; Bulova and the Boy Scouts of America Greater New York Councils.
No matter which tenants have occupied a little space inside this incredible structure, the Empire State Building continues to capture the hearts of those who gaze up at its extraordinary proportions and take a tour inside.
Many famous faces have graced the observation deck of the building. Here is a short list of some of them: Taylor Swift; Justin Bieber; Heidi Klum; Josh Duhamel; Mariah Carey; Adrian Grenier; Hugh Jackman; Christie Brinkley; David Muir; Andrea Bocelli; Ariana Grande; Matt Bomer; Ethan Hawke; Lily Aldridge; Abigail Breslin; Danity Kane; Nicole Scherzinger; Michael J. Fox; Emma Stone and Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld.
It doesn’t matter what a person’s age is or who they happen to be. The Empire State Building continues to fascinate every pair of eyes which enters its special surroundings.