The Wonder of it All
Thne Empire State Building as a long history that started back in January 22, 1930 when excavation of the site began. It took a year and 45 days, which included Sundays and holidays to complete the structure. There are 103 floors. A tower sits right in the middle of the 102nd floor and goes up 230 feet to the top where the antenna is located. There is a lightening rod built into the antenna since it gets struck by lightening several times during a thunderstorm.
If you are near 34th St and 5th Ave, you need to go inside the Empire State Building and go to the observatory deck. You can take one of the speed elevators located in the lobby. The elevators have been known to travel at speeds of up to 660 to 1000 feet per minute. Once you get to the deck, you can see the entire island of Manhattan. It is breath-taking.