New York’s Empire State Building Opens New Observatory
The world famous Empire State Building opened a new visitors' center last weekend.
The new observatory can be found on the building's 102nd floor, high above New York City.
The observatory provides 360-degree views of the New York area. Visitors are able to look through large floor-to-ceiling windows that are twice as big as the old windows.
The Empire State Building was built at a time when many developers were racing to be the first to complete the world's tallest building.
Ground was first broken in January 1930 and work began two months later. The building went up very fast, with workers completing framing for its structure at a rate of about four-and-a-half floors per week.
When completed, the Empire State Building was just over 443 meters tall. At the time, it was the world's tallest building. On May 1, 1931, the president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, took part in the opening ceremonies. He pressed a button that turned on the lights, officially opening the building. At the time, Hoover was in Washington, D.C., not New York.
Today, more than 4 million people visit the Empire State Building each year. About 60 percent of the visitors are from overseas.
The Empire State Building has observation areas on two floors. The first, on the 86th floor, is an open air space that surrounds the building's spire. It provides 360-degree views of the New York City skyline.
Building officials say that on a clear day, visitors to the newly designed observatory can see past up to 120 kilometers in the distance.
Night-time visitors can take a new, high-speed elevator up to the 102nd floor until 1:15 in the morning. Elevator riders should take note of the building's lighting on the way up. The lights change colors daily to celebrate different holidays or people.
On the way up, you can now visit new exhibits on the building's second floor. Among these are a model of the moving hand used by King Kong in the 1933 movie of the same name.
In the film, King Kong climbs the Empire State Building. The creature is attacked by military planes and falls to his death.
The price to visit the 86th floor observatory is $38 per person, while the cost to ride all the way to the top is $58.
A major New York City developer paid for the $165 million remodeling project.
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He was able to spend only a few days at a time on the island.
This restaurant can accommodate two hundred people at a time.
天文台提供纽约地区360°环景视角 。游客可以透过比旧窗户大一倍的巨型落地窗欣赏外景 。
1930年1月，这座建筑首次破土动工，两个月后开始建造 。这座建筑的建造速度之快，工人们以每周四层半的速度完成建筑框架 。
落成后，帝国大厦的高度刚刚超过443米 。当时，它成为世界上最高的建筑 。1931年5月1日，美国总统的赫伯特·胡佛参加了大厦落成开幕式 。他按下了灯光按钮，这座大厦正式对外开放 。当时的胡佛身处华盛顿特区而不是纽约 。
今天，每年有400多万人参观帝国大厦 。大约60%的游客来自海外 。
帝国大厦的两层设有观察区 。第一个在86层，是一处围绕着建筑尖塔的开放区域 。它提供了360度俯瞰纽约市的视角 。
夜间参观的游客可在凌晨1点15分乘坐新的高速电梯到102层 。乘梯时可以欣赏电梯上升过程中的灯光秀 。为了庆祝节日或人们，灯光的颜色每天都会变换 。
乘坐电梯时，你还可以参观大楼二楼的新展品 。其中包括1933年的同名电影《金刚》中使用的一只移动的手的模型 。
在电影中，这只大猩猩爬上了帝国大厦 。在军用飞机的袭击下摔死 。