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artspook Nov 13, 2019 8:13 AM

what a shot, just above . .
the closeup of the ESB's saltshaker spire . .
the historical building's most distinctive feature . .
great to see the cleanup & renovation of the 102nd deck portion . .
reassuring to know that this old faithful landmark
will still be able to handle the tourists . .

but what a tarnished wreck ! . .
please strip off all the unsightly haphazard
gangly jerryrigged tech-whatchamacallits . .
Repair, restore, & polish, the shapely sleek deco stainless-steel lantern surfaces . .
then, if need be, affix whatever necessary tech parts, that are still functioning,
to the antenna [perhaps heightened] . .

The ESB's renowned pinnacle,
it's distinctive one-of-a-kind lantern-crown . .
is no longer the metropolitan area's broadcasting workhorse . .
There are plenty of taller buildings to do that job . .
So it's time to lose the rusted, greazy junkyard, of outdated instruments
cluttering up our graceful jewel . .

though she's no longer tallest in the world,
she's probably still the most famous iconic office building . .
especially with the recent up-to-date colored lighting up top . .
And she could, . . lavished with some civic-minded attention, . .
and from an advantageous angle, with an intriguing cloudscape backdrop . .
still be considered, the classiest, most majestic skyscraper in the world . .

NYguy Nov 15, 2019 1:16 AM

^ It still has a tight grip on broadcasting, and I don't think they're gonna let that go anytime soon. In fact, they did an antenna upgrade within the last year or two.

LinkedIn taps AY to manage Empire State Building expansion

by REW
November 14, 2019


Avison Young’s New York Project Management Division has been selected by LinkedIn to oversee improvements across its New York City headquarters at the Empire State Building, a massive space consisting of more than 500,000 s/f across 11 floors at the iconic Midtown Manhattan office tower.

Avison Young Principal Kirsten Beck and Senior Project Manager Robb Davidson, both based in the firm’s New York office, will head up LinkedIn’s project management team, helping to shape the continued buildout of the vertical campus after the company recently expanded its presence in the property by leasing three additional floors.

“We are thrilled to be working with LinkedIn to improve and expand their New York City headquarters. These changes will shape the future of the LinkedIn workplace for years to come,” Beck said.

“We believe our expertise in project management and construction working with our other tech and innovative clients brings a strong foundation to this project and gives LinkedIn the confidence in our abilities to manage the continued buildout of this remarkable space.”

The New York team, which was awarded the project through a national master service agreement with Avison Young’s Chicago office, will assist with creating cohesion across the 501,509 s/f vertical campus following the professional networking platform’s recent lease expansion that added floors 14, 15 and 16 to its existing space across the third floor and floors 22 through 28.

SonnyinMiami Nov 20, 2019 12:11 AM

I don’t know if it’ll ever happen however, I do hope that the about 222 foot antenna will be officially included in the total height of the building. When I see old pictures of the ESB without the antenna, it looks incomplete and just a little too blunt. The antenna completes the look and adds to the spectacle of its LED lighting system. Of course, these are just my opinions but, I’d like to hear what everyone else thinks regarding the ESB’s antenna to be officially included in the total height of this legendary skyscraper.

Camstonisland Nov 20, 2019 7:19 PM

I don't think they would ever count it, but I agree. I wish they could replace the admittedly messy antenna with a BoA or Vanderbilt like spire. Maybe even a Chrysler style spire!

SnellKrell Nov 21, 2019 2:07 PM


Originally Posted by Camstonisland (Post 8754068)
I don't think they would ever count it, but I agree. I wish they could replace the admittedly messy antenna with a BoA or Vanderbilt like spire. Maybe even a Chrysler style spire!

Those spires are strictly decorative. The antenna mast on the ESB is a money-making business for the owners. The antennas are owned by the building and big rents are collected - not only for them but for the needed space in the building to accommodate the stations' transmitters and other electronics connected to the antennas.

QUEENSNYMAN Nov 21, 2019 9:46 PM

Gothamist Reviews: The Empire State Building

Danie Nov 22, 2019 10:36 AM

This is my favourite building because it was finished in record time
despite it's size and was also built in the great depression a time when steel was very expensive

chris08876 Nov 24, 2019 5:36 PM
Empire State Building by Brady Cloud, on Flickr

photoLith Nov 25, 2019 2:36 AM

I should have known that but never realized ESB was built in hardly 5 months. Thats absolutely insane.

CHAPINM1 Nov 25, 2019 8:22 AM


Originally Posted by photoLith (Post 8757915)
I should have known that but never realized ESB was built in hardly 5 months. Thats absolutely insane.

Also with higher quality and standards than anything to be built within the following 70 years thereafter.

manchester united Nov 28, 2019 5:42 PM


Originally Posted by xnyr (Post 8742429)
This has been bugging me for the longest time and now seems as good a time as any to post this..

Don't know if this has been mentioned before but that Observation Level is really the 101st floor - the 102nd floor is the outdoor platform/parapet above.

For extra $20.00, I want to go up to the parapet too!

Look ->

Why no one says the real number of the ESB? 96? 97?

SonnyinMiami Dec 1, 2019 6:16 PM

Just imagine what the ESB would look like without all of the profitable transmission antenna/equipment up there ...

NYguy Dec 4, 2019 4:16 AM

NYguy Dec 4, 2019 4:20 AM

The Empire State Building is Uber’s top tourist destination

By David Meyer
December 3, 2019


Next time King Kong is in town, he’ll probably take an Uber.

The Empire State Building was been named by the ride-hail app service as the number one tourist attraction in the world that its users traveled to in 2019, the company said in a blog post Tuesday.

Lower Manhattan’s six-year-old Freedom Tower took the number two spot on the list followed by non-New York destinations like the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace and the Vatican.

New York City tourists and residents took just over 600,000 ride-hail trips with Uber and its competitors in 2018, a 37 percent increase from 2017 and a 137 percent jump from 2017, according to city data.

Yet while the Empire State Building’s distinction may be Uber’s top tourist destination, the state’s most Ubered-to location isn’t in Manhattan — it’s Elmhurst’s 967,000-square-foot Queens Center Mall.

NYguy Apr 26, 2020 1:52 AM






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