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Building Trivia

Before it was demolished in 1929, what famous hotel stood on the site of the Empire State Building?
  • The Plaza
  • The Ritz Carlton
  • A Howard Johnson
  • The Waldorf-Astoria
The Waldorf-Astoria

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Built in the 1890s, the Waldorf-Astoria was once the height of fashion. But by 1929, it was outdated and was demolished to make way for the Empire State Building. The Waldorf-Astoria relocated to Park Avenue and 49th Street and is there today.

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Built in the 1890s, the Waldorf-Astoria was once the height of fashion. But by 1929, it was outdated and was demolished to make way for the Empire State Building. The Waldorf-Astoria relocated to Park Avenue and 49th Street and is there today.
What happened at the Empire State Building on December 22, 1931?
  • It opened to the public
  • A dirigible docked at the top
  • The first TV signal was broadcast
  • Santa Claus landed at the top
The first TV signal was broadcast

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In 1931, the National Broadcasting Company built a broadcasting laboratory on the 85th floor. NBC broadcast its first experimental television transmission later that year, but it was another eight years before regularly scheduled programming began.

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In 1931, the National Broadcasting Company built a broadcasting laboratory on the 85th floor. NBC broadcast its first experimental television transmission later that year, but it was another eight years before regularly scheduled programming began.
How many times has the Empire State Building been hit by lightning?
  • Never
  • Once
  • More than 50 times
  • Hundreds of times
Hundreds of times

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The building is a very effective lightning rod. It is hit by lightning over a hundred times every year, but the lightning strikes do not cause any damage.

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The building is a very effective lightning rod. It is hit by lightning over a hundred times every year, but the lightning strikes do not cause any damage.
The top of the Empire State Building was lit up with colored lights for the first time in 1976. What colors were used?
  • Red and green
  • Orange and purple
  • Red, white, and blue
  • Blue and white
Red, white, and blue

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The building was illuminated in red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag, to mark the country's bicentennial celebration in 1976.

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The building was illuminated in red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag, to mark the country's bicentennial celebration in 1976.
Whose death in 2004 was marked by dimming the tower lights for 15 minutes?
  • Fay Wray
  • John Barrymore
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Janet Leigh
Fay Wray

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Fay Wray played Ann Darrow, Kong's love interest in the 1933 film ”King Kong.” She died in 2004 at the age of 96.

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Fay Wray played Ann Darrow, Kong's love interest in the 1933 film ”King Kong.” She died in 2004 at the age of 96.
What happens every February 14th at the building’s 86th Floor Observatory?
  • A winter festival
  • A wedding ceremony
  • Free hot chocolate
  • A groundhog sees his shadow
A wedding ceremony

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Every year, a few select couples are chosen out of hundreds of applicants to be married atop the Empire State Building in honor of Valentine's Day (February 14th).

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Every year, a few select couples are chosen out of hundreds of applicants to be married atop the Empire State Building in honor of Valentine's Day (February 14th).
What pop star inaugurated the building’s new LED tower lights on November 26, 2012, as part of
the first light show choreographed to music?
  • Alicia Keys
  • Beyoncé
  • Justin Bieber
  • Jennifer Lopez
Alicia Keys

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After Alicia Keys flipped the switch, her songs “Girl on Fire” and “Empire State of Mind” accompanied a colorful light show. Her music was broadcast on all four of Clear Channel’s New York City radio stations.

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After Alicia Keys flipped the switch, her songs “Girl on Fire” and “Empire State of Mind” accompanied a colorful light show. Her music was broadcast on all four of Clear Channel’s New York City radio stations.
What unusual phenomenon has been observed by couples kissing at the 86th Floor Observatory?
  • The floor shakes
  • Sparks fly
  • A breeze blows
  • Angels sing
Sparks fly

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Static electricity near the
top of the building can sometimes produce sparks when couples kiss. The effect isn't dangerous, but it can be surprising.

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Static electricity near the
top of the building can sometimes produce sparks when couples kiss. The effect isn't dangerous, but it can be surprising.
How long does it take to clean all 6,514 windows in the Empire State Building?
  • 1 month
  • 4 months
  • 1 year
  • They have never been cleaned
4 months

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It takes a team of three full-time window washers four months to clean all of the windows. When they are done, they start over again at the beginning.

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It takes a team of three full-time window washers four months to clean all of the windows. When they are done, they start over again at the beginning.
What benefit did the building’s 2010 energy-efficiency retrofit provide?
  • It saved over $4 million a year
  • It cut carbon emissions
  • It created jobs
  • All of the above
All of the above

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All of the above! By making the building’s heating, cooling, and electric systems more efficient, we were able to save money while cutting carbon emissions. The project also created more than 250 local jobs.

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All of the above! By making the building’s heating, cooling, and electric systems more efficient, we were able to save money while cutting carbon emissions. The project also created more than 250 local jobs.
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