The Empire State Building was a marvel built in the 1930's. It was designed, planned, and built in just 20 months and would be the tallest building in world until the World Trade Center's North Tower surpassed it in 1970.
The Empire State Building was originally going to have just 50 stories but in the end it soared to 102. In the late 1920's, the Chrysler Building was being constructed, and its designers wanted it to surpass the height of the planned Empire State Building. Both would try to surpass each other with taller designs but in the end, the Empire State Building would win out. It's final height is about 200 feet taller than the Chrysler Building.
Today, you can visit the 86th and 102nd floors to get 360 degree views of New York city. You can purchase tickets ahead of time to avoid the lines. While visiting, be sure to use your Duckwyn app to add your stamp.