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Where is the Empire State Building located?
The Empire State Building is located at 350 Fifth Avenue (between 33rd and 34th Streets) in New York City.

How tall is it?
There are several numbers to describe the height of the Empire State Building. The total height of the building, including the lightning rod, is 1,454 feet. The height of the building from the ground to its tip is usually given as 1,250 feet. The measurement from the ground to the 102nd floor observatory is 1,224 feet and from the ground to the 86th floor observatory is 1,050 feet.

Who were the architects?
Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Associates

Who built the Empire State Building?
The builders Starrett Bros. & Eken were contracted to build it.

How long did it take to build?
The building was actually completed ahead of schedule, taking only one year and 45 days to build.

How much did the Empire State Building cost to build?
The building itself cost $24,718,000 to build (nearly half the expected cost because of the Great Depression). Including the property on which the building sits, the total cost for the Empire State Building was $40,948,900.

How many floors are in the Empire State Building?
There are 102 floors.

How many steps are there to the top of the Empire State Building?
There are 1,860 from street level to 102nd floor.

How many windows are in the building?
There are 6,500 windows. What a lot to clean!

How many man-hours did it take to construct?
It took 7,000,000 man-hours.

How many people worked on the building?
At peak times, there were as many as 3,400 workers at one time.

How much steel did it take to construct the frame?
It took 57,000 tons of steel to construct the steel skeleton.

How much telephone wire is in the Empire State Building?
There is approximately 17 million feet of telephone wire servicing the building.

How many people died while building the Empire State Building?
Though rumors of hundreds of people dying on the work site circulated during the time of its construction, official records state that only five workers were killed: one worker was struck by a truck; a second fell down an elevator shaft; a third was hit by a hoist; a fourth was in a blast area; and a fifth fell off a scaffold.

What's inside the Empire State Building?
The Empire State Building is mostly filled with rentable space for businesses. No one lives in the building (inadequate bathing facilities). The building is also used as a tourist attraction and offers views from the 86th and 102nd floors.

How do I buy tickets to visit the Empire State Building?
You can purchase tickets online or at the Empire State Building. I recommend you get there early because there is often a long wait for tickets and for the view. You can find out information about purchasing Empire State Building tickets.

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