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Empire State Building

A timeless symbol of New York City, it held the honor of world's tallest building for more than 3 decades, when it lost the title to the World Trade Center (although people forget the World Trade Center took 10 years to construct, while the ESB took only 19 months, and that was in 1929). To this day only 5 buildings stand taller than the ESB -- both World Trade Center Towers, the Sears Tower and both the Petronas Towers. It's marble and chrome interior are both elegant and stately, and its exterior glitters perpetually, even in failing sunlight. The ESB has 3 observation platforms, an interior and exterior deck at 1000 feet, and an even higher observation area (on the 102nd floor) that was once a derigible docking station.