The Empire State Building.
The Empire State Building is the highest erection of New-York, located in the very centre of Manhattan. It was built for an extremely short time: the building works started in the October of 1929 and in the May of 1931 the Empire State Building was unveiled. After the tragedy that happened on the 11th of September 2001 this building again became the highest skyscraper in New-York (with the antenna its height is 443 m). Being built from the basics the International Shopping Centre soon will get back the leadership position.
The staircases of the Empire State Building have 1860 stairs, but nobody uses them to get to the very top: the building has 73 elevators (some of them were made especially for tourists). On the 86th floor, at the height of 320 meters takes place the scenic viewpoint with the fantastic view on New-York. When the weather is clear the visibility is more than 70 km. More than that, there is also a smaller glassed viewing point on the 102th floor, but for enter you'll have to pay another 15$. Every year the Empire State Building is visited by 3,5 million of tourists, which is in average 10 000 people a day! The illumination on the top of the building is every time different: its color is changed in relation to the season or special occasions (during the US Open the top becomes yellow like the tennis ball, on Christmas it's green with red).
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