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hunser Jan 25, 2015 2:54 PM by Luciano Rath, on Flickr

chris08876 Mar 11, 2015 9:52 PM
Photo: Buck Ennis

Nexis4Jersey Apr 8, 2015 6:41 AM

From Monday at Queensboro Plaza
Empire State Building viewed from Queensboro Plaza
by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

hunser Apr 27, 2015 11:29 AM
Empire State Building from Northeast by go_wrillahhh, on Flickr

NYguy May 14, 2015 11:06 AM

Still majestic...

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Putting the super in supertall...

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Sun May 14, 2015 12:58 PM

Such a great building, especially at night. It's amazing how gigantic (wide) this building is, particularly from the street level.

This was from last Wednesday evening at my office - courtesy of my friend's mad camera skills. by Roman LED, on Flickr

chris08876 Jul 3, 2015 3:18 AM
Manhattan Skyline as seen from Top of the Rock by Nathan Rupert, on Flickr

mrskyline Jul 3, 2015 12:08 PM

Thank you for posting that great excerpt from Ric Burns' New York series. Here is the final segment:

chris08876 Jul 3, 2015 1:01 PM


Originally Posted by mrskyline (Post 7083811)
Thank you for posting that great excerpt from Ric Burns' New York series. Here is the final segment:

I have that documentary on DVD. Loved it. Bought it many years ago, and its still a favorite of mine. Really captures the city's history brilliantly. Netflix I believe still has it for rent.

chris08876 Jul 5, 2015 4:03 PM
New York Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks 2015 by whatisintheblackbox, on Flickr

hunser Jul 8, 2015 11:35 AM

chris08876 Aug 3, 2015 1:00 PM

chris08876 Aug 31, 2015 11:05 PM

Glaziers, in harnesses attached to an enclosed aluminum rig, are replacing all 480 windows in the tower’s mooring mast


Suspended more than 1,000 feet above Midtown Manhattan, workmen are giving a painstaking face-lift to one of the world’s most storied skyscrapers: the Empire State Building.

Glaziers, in harnesses attached to an enclosed aluminum rig, toil in the darkness of early mornings to replace all 480 windows in the tower’s mooring mast, which original developers claimed was designed to dock airships but became famous for being King Kong’s perch.

The goal is simple: to refurbish and protect the 200-foot-high, rocket-shaped pinnacle from the elements. The glass panes shield LED lights that are part of the massive system used for the building’s light shows. Some of the windows have been patched and many have been around since the building opened in 1931.

But the process to seal the docking station, one of the last phases of a bottom-to-top restoration, hasn’t been easy. The construction company Skanska USA and building owner Empire State Realty Trust Inc. began planning the work in February 2014.

“Now that we have rejuvenated everything from its infrastructure, its energy efficiency [and] its tenant mix, we had to get to the mooring mast,” said Anthony E. Malkin, chief executive of the Empire State Realty Trust, the public real-estate investment trust that owns the skyscraper. “And it was a very complicated process to get there.”

One of the construction company’s challenges was just figuring out how to get workers and materials into place in a building that is occupied with office tenants and has an observation deck that is open until 2 a.m. “That was 90% of the battle,” said Scott Seydor, Skanska project manager.

A team that included architects, engineers, historic preservationists, a construction manager and experts in glazing, waterproofing, safety, metallurgy and scaffolding took part in the planning process. They had to get an understanding of how the windows were originally installed—from the outside—and how to get crews in place to do the work.

The group had to get the glass panes custom made. The members studied scaffolding options, ultimately choosing suspended scaffolding that also had to be custom designed. And the group had to get approvals from the city’s Department of Buildings as well as the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The weekday work replacing windows, which started in July and should be completed in November, takes place under tight time restrictions. Before the 2 a.m. closing of the observation decks, crews from subcontractor Kilroy Architectural Windows begin loading and tethering tools and supplies onto four scaffolds—one on each side of the building.

The glaziers are in action from 2 to 7 a.m. but have to stop if wind speeds exceed 25 mph. Before they can start their work, the three-man crews have to get to up there, and it takes about 10 minutes for the rig to travel from the 90th floor, four stories above the observatory deck, to the 102nd floor near the top of the mooring mast. They have to work at a steady clip to replace eight panels each night.

Lecom Sep 2, 2015 2:47 PM

The building's LED system put to use on Valentine's Day 2015

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The North One Sep 2, 2015 7:00 PM

The ESB is in some desperate need of some TLC!

I really want them to clean up the top of the building and return it to its former glory, really make it shine! This building is perhaps the greatest American icon, akin to the Eiffel Tower.

xnyr Sep 4, 2015 5:49 PM


Originally Posted by chris08876 (Post 7149061)
Glaziers, in harnesses attached to an enclosed aluminum rig, are replacing all 480 windows in the tower’s mooring mast


Thanks for posting this Chris, I had read about the glas replacement elsewhere, but it's really cool to see a closeup of the before and after.

Now if they would just remove all that crap broadcasting equipment and move it to 1 WTC.

sparkling Sep 4, 2015 8:06 PM

It looks cool from above.
photo is mine

chris08876 Sep 8, 2015 8:58 PM

Hand-Printed Poster of the Empire State Building Is a History Lesson and Art Piece in One


The Empire State Building has a long and torrid history and is arguably the most iconic piece of New York Architecture to date, with both native New Yorkers and tourists alike looking to the towering mega-structure as a symbol of man’s ingenuity and achievement. That being said, who wouldn’t want to adorn their walls with this cool graphic poster of the Empire State Building from designer Taylor Doolittle? In addition to an illustration of the cherished building, this poster will fill your days with useful trivia, as it also includes a slew of facts about the building’s history and legacy.
Can Buy them here:

chris08876 Dec 26, 2015 6:11 AM

Christmas 2015


artspook Dec 30, 2015 2:23 AM

concerning the holiday lighting . . only my opinion mind you . .
reserve the red & white candy-cane lighting . .
to the very center of the lantern only . .
the antenna & lantern periphery areas . .
should be lit in intense color - red or green . .
As it is now . . too much white with the red & green . .
makes it look cheesey . . .

The crown has the most spook . .
when it's all drenched in a deep eerie Vampire (scarlet) Red . .
then she's Gotham's scarlet harlot with chutzpa . .
guaranteed to get me all choked up . .

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