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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Big Adventure Salutes The Empire State Building

The Big Adventure brings you some quality information and details on Earth's 15th Tallest Building. The legendary 102-Story 80-Year-Old Empire State Building. Here are a few things you didn't know about New York's Finest Skyscraper.

Wanna buy a 1,250 foot tower?
The recent hubbub from The New York Times is that apparently plans are a foot so that YOU can buy a piece of the famed skyscraper. Think of it as an IPO for a landmark. The Big Adventure really likes idea of owning stock in the ESB. More info here.

Empire State Building Colors Tonight (and every night)
The Big Adventure has always found this page quite handy. Especially for when you wondering “Why in wide, wide, world of sports is the ESB blue, purple and red tonight?” This page has the upcoming schedule on the colors for the next month and past year. Settle a bet. Astound your friends. Nifty. Handy tracker here.

Bonus: For a hefty fee, you can download the application and get the building to light with YOUR own colors for a night.

Fascinating Empire State Building Trivia
To complete our Empire State Building posting Trifecta, we give you three little known pieces of trivia about this quintessential NYC landmark: 
  • The original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel was demolished in 1929 to make way for the Empire State Building (the world famous hotel now sits fifteen blocks away) 
  • One of the top stories was built with a “mooring mast” for dirigibles to dock on the building prompting what was to be the onset of a new age of aviation. However this was used only once.
  • In 2010, the ESB began replacing all of the windows with a energy-saving installations. No easy given task given the buildings 6,514 windows, but it is expected to help them save $400,000 a year.

    Need more ESB Info? For some Skyscraper-Stairmaster Mash Up action, check out The Big Adventure Post on The Empire State Building Run Up

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