The Interesting History Of The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic landmarks in the New York City skyline, but there’s a lot about it that people don’t know.

If you have ever seen the Cheddar and Curiosity Stream series NYC Revealed, you know firsthand how awesome this show is.

Now, they are taking a closer look at one of humanity’s most towering achievements: the Empire State Building. This video gives you the chance to learn more about this building and all of the ins and outs. They spoke with several people who work within the building.

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Their explanations of how this building came to be are well worth your time. Can you believe that the Empire State Building only took 104 days to be constructed? At the time, it was the highest-standing building in the world. During the Great Depression, the building actually remained empty. There were no tenants during this time, which is also hard to believe.

There are also wind tunnels beneath the building and modifications were made so that the building could survive into the present day.

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“It was once the tallest building in the world. Today, its presence on New York City’s skyline remains unmatched. The nearly century-old Empire State Building is an intricate ecosystem, having undergone a complete modernization both inside and out,” the narrator explains in the video below.

Of course, no video about the Empire State Building would be complete without any discussion of the light shows that we all know and love. “Some of the building’s magic is in its history the rest is in the lights. For decades the top of the Empire State building has shown for the city at night. Today, lights in various hues pay homage to various causes, occasions and organizations. The system in use today consists entirely of LEDs,” they continued.

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Photo: YouTube/Cheddar

The New York City skyline may continue to evolve but the Empire State Building remains a towering example of human ingenuity. To New Yorkers, the building serves as a reminder of just how special the city can be.

“The lights of the Empire State building remain a constant for even the most jaded New Yorkers. …There is alchemy in a glance at the Empire State Building against the night sky. Historic and modern, old and new it stands as the embodiment of dichotomy. At the end of the day as the lights switch on And it casts its spell for all to see.”