The Empire State Building stands is 1,250 feet above the ground, or 103 stories. The antenna adds an additional 204 feet to its height. The 86th floor observatory is 1,050 feet above ground, while the 102nd floor observatory is located at 1,224 feet. In fair weather, it is possible to see 80 miles into New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
The Empire State Building sits at 305 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan between 33rd and 34th Streets. The architect for the project was William Lamb from Shreve, Lamb and Harmon. The contracting firm was Starrett Brothers and Eken. Excavation began in January 1930, and the building was completed ahead of schedule in April 1931.
The total cost, including land, was nearly $41 million. Over 7 million man-hours went into the creation of the structure. About 57,000 tons of steel were used to make its skeleton. The structure officially opened on May 1, 1931, when President Herbert Hoover pushed a button in Washington, D.C., that turned on the building's lights.
The Empire State Building houses businesses and tourist areas. It has 6,500 windows, 102 floors and 1,860 steps from the street to the top observatory. The annual "Empire State Building Run-Up" has racers ascend 1,576 steps to the 86th floor.