Empire State Building

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Empire State Building Says Photographer of Topless Ladies is Making a Mockery of Its Very Serious Lawsuit

    Back in January, as you may recall, we told you about Allen Henson, the fine art photographer who was slapped with a million-dollar lawsuit after he took photographs of a model, Shelby Carter, topless atop the Empire State Building's observatory deck. Not to be outdone, Henson roundly mocked the la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Allen Henson, Photographer of Topless Ladies, Not Sure What's Up with the Empire State Building's $1 Million Lawsuit

    On Monday morning, Allen Henson was greeted by a phone call from the New York Post, asking if he'd like to make a statement. "In regards to...?" Henson replied. The Post informed the photographer that he's being sued by the Empire State Building for $1.1 million. He took a series of photos of a to ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 27, 2013


    Start the holidays at the 
New York Botanical Garden

  • Voice Choices

    October 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    New Yorkers Will Be Able to See a Lunar Explorer Launch on Friday

    NASA's LADEE--Lunar Atmospheric and Dust Environment Explorer--will launch from Virginia's Eastern Shore Friday around 11:30 p.m., and much of the eastern seaboard will be able to see it. Minotaur V, a vessel on a 100-day mission to examine the Moon's thin atmosphere, will coast through New York's s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    New York Harbor Gets Deeper Every Day, Just Like My Neuroses

    As a kid I had trouble sleeping some nights because of this one recurring dream. I would find myself treading water in a large, seemingly chlorinated pool. I would look around and see that it was just a normal pool, exactly the same kind as the ones spotting the surburban wastes of my native Norther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    New Jersey Shooting Leaves Three Dead -- But It's Not At The Empire State Building, So Go About Your Day

    For the second Friday in a row, there's been a mass-shooting in the New York area -- but it isn't at the Empire State Building, so it's apparently only kinda news.Authorities in New Jersey say three people -- including the gunman -- are dead following an early-morning shooting spree at a grocery sto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    New Jersey Shooting Update: Suspect An Ex-Marine; Killed Two Before Turning Gun On Self

    The suspect in this morning's mass-shooting at a New Jersey grocery store has been identified as an ex-Marine who's worked at the store for the last two weeks. Additionally, authorities say he shot two people before turning the gun on himself.Authorities say the suspect entered the Pathmark store in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012


    * 9:34 a.m. At least two people -- and as many as five -- have been shot outside of the Empire State Building (the tally is now at 10. see updates below), according to multiple reports.The shooting happened just before 9 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and East 34th Street.According to the @NY Scanner Twitter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Empire State Building Shooting: Photo From The Scene

    The above photo was posted on Instagram by user "RyansTryin." It appears to show at least one person dead at the scene of this morning's shooting outside of the Empire State Building.Details of the shooting are unclear. For now, the tally of those shot stands at 10, the gunman reportedly was killed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Uggie The Dog To Make Glamorous Appearance Today! Is He Gay?

    The star of the Oscar-nominated film The Artist is making a press appearance at the Empire State Building today. No, not Jean Du-whatever. I'm talking about Uggie, the nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier who is currently nominated for two Golden Collar Awards (for The Artist and Water for Elephants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2012

    Giants Fans Confused About Empire State Building Colors

    Last night the Empire State Building was lit up in red and yellow, to the sports ignorant, that fact would seem not that big of a deal. But for Giants fans something in that color scheme was awry: red and gold are the colors of the San Francisco 49ers, the team that the Giants will play for the Nati ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 21, 2011


    Sugarplum fairies go underground

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Nine Fast-Food Franchises Missing From NYC and How Far You Have to Go to Find Them

    ​To reenact this scene, you'd have to travel 1,360.1 miles from the Empire State Building. With his developer-friendly real estate policies, Bloomberg has opened the floodgates to fast-food franchises. Ten years ago we had a fraction of what we have now, and ma-and-pa eateries prevailed at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Pix From Birreria, on the Roof of Eataly

    ​Presented on a bed of "krauti," the beef-pork links from Trentino called probusto are juicy and fabulous. (Click to enlarge, as if they needed to be any bigger.) This week, Counter Culture makes the long climb to Birreria, the new beer garden (well, not really) on the rooftop of Eataly. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    The Latest Advertising Scam: The Pop-Up Billboard

    ​ Experts tell us that the average American consumer is exposed to 3,000 advertising messages per day. Does it sometimes drive you crazy? Popping up all over your computer, crowding out the content, repeatedly interrupting your favorite TV show, in sheets handed out by shills on the corners, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    The Highliner Is Finally Open

    ​Last summer, word spread that the Highliner would open in the old Empire Diner space in September. If "September 2010" had been a euphemism for "May 2011," the restaurant has opened right on schedule.

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Empire State Building

    ​Dear Empire State Building, Happy 80th! Wow, that's old. You were born (completed, really, is the word) on May 1st, 1931, during the Great Depression. Standing 1,454' 8 9/166" tall, you were the tallest building in the world for forty years! A masterpiece of Art Deco design (although -- let ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Royal Wedding Commandeers Empire State Building, Too

    ​On this Friday, April 29, 2011, the Empire State Building will be lit up blue, white and red in honor of "the British Consulate General in New York, in celebration of the royal wedding of His Highness Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton," according to the official lighting schedule. G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2011

    Earth Hour Is Tonight

    ​Tonight, New York will join a host of international cities observing Earth Hour by shutting off the lights in a bunch of landmark buildings. This includes the Empire State Building, the U.N. headquarters, the New York Public Library, and a whole bunch of others, including some signs in Times Squa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Swarovski-Encrusted Ugg Boots Featuring New York City Skyline Signify End Times

    ​Really? This had to happen? Ugg boots, smelly, slouchy, ridiculous-looking (but comfy!) foot-fungus-encouraging Ugg boots, now have a very special New York City skyline -- yep, that's the Empire State Building -- iteration, and of course they are also encrusted with Swarovski crystals, becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    New Yorkers to Live-Tweet Empire, the Eight-Hour Andy Warhol Movie

    Tomorrow, the Museum of Modern Art, in association with WNYC, will screen Empire, Andy Warhol's 1964 continuous shot of the Empire State Building, which plays silently and slowed-down for more than eight hours. A few New York culture mavens, including the blog Hyperallergic, WNYC and ARTnews Magazin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Thomas Dold, 6-Time Stair-Climbing Champ, Would Get There Faster in an Elevator

    illustir​Yesterday, we profiled the hot new craze "stair-climbing." Since our coverage, the majority of Americans have been clamoring to find out more about this thrilling test of endurance. Unfortunately, ESPN and other major sports outlets have spent the day focusing on the Super Bowl (whate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    The New York Times Identifies the Next Big Thing: Stairs

    Daehyun Park​How did you get from your building's lobby to your office this morning? If you took the elevator, you missed out on the sporting world's newest trend, something called "climbing stairs." It's so hot right now, the New York Times ran a piece today about its rampant popularity.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    NYC Bed Bugs Squeeze New Creativity From Overplayed Taiwanese CGI Artists

    New York's bed bug problem, much-hyped last summer and well into fall, is worse than that of other major U.S. cities, says a survey of exterminators. That news is brought to us by the similarly much-hyped Next Media Animations, the Taiwanese "news organization" whose totally bizarre CGI renderings o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    The Empire Diner Is Trapped in a Naming Kerfuffle

    ​The saga of the old Empire Diner's slow metamorphosis into the new, Coffee Shop-owned Empire Diner continues: according to the Daily News, its longtime owners are stuck in a legal battle with its landlord over who owns the restaurant's name.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    New York Landmarks Continue Social Media Revolution: The New York Public Library, Empire State Building

    ​It seems like everyone is "joining" Twitter or "getting" a Tumblr these days. Especially in the case of certain New York City landmarks, who are taking to social networking like digitized screen-saver fish to a watery stream of information.

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Battle Of The Rooftop Hotel Parties: Rivington Vs. Standard

    ​Le Bain's jacuzzi vs. Rivington's enthusiastic dancers​Considering that this past week has brought us both a hurricane and the first signs of Fall, we're not sure what to expect from the coming weeks. That said, we decided to make the best of our Sunday and spend it outside -- on a roo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2010

    View From Bushwick Rooftop Party, Midnight

    ​Queensboro Bridge on the right, Empire State Building in the center, seemingly smaller than closer buildings in Brooklyn. Photo taken on Jefferson Street.

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Battle of the Buildings: Empire State Building and 15 Penn Plaza Wage War of Artistic Renderings

    ​The empire state of mind is pretty pissy this week. Empire State Building owner Anthony Malkin of Malkin Holdings says that the enormous new building planned for 15 Penn Plaza, two blocks west of his 80-year-old beauty, would mar the view of New York's iconic skyscraper and change the skyline ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Empire State Building to Spite Mother Teresa This Thursday

    ​Times Square billboards, the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, and Brooklyn Borough Hall will all glow blue and white on Thursday for Mother Theresa's 100th Birthday, according to the Daily News. But the Empire State Building continues to hold strong against the request because of the owner's "r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    The Empire State Building Will Turn Off Its Lights for Migrating Birds

    "Save me!"​If you're looking to snap an iconic photo of the Empire State Building or the Chrysler Building at night between now and October 31, you're out of luck because it's peak migration season for birds, and they tend to crash into skyscrapers and plunge to their death when the lights are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2010

    Empire State Building Goes Dark Tonight as New York Observes Earth Hour

    ​The Empire State Building will be shutting off its lights tonight for an hour at 8:30 in observation of Global Earth Hour 2010. Earth Hour is an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund, which asks "individuals, schools, organizations, businesses and governments" to turn off or dim their lights ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Feeding Frenzy of Food Journalists Descends on K! Pizzacone

    ​Which of these represents the true future of pizza? The fastidious cone ($5.90) or the sloppy slice ($2.50)? You decide... Just this afternoon I found myself standing in a long line that snaked out the door of a new pizza parlor opposite the Empire State Building. When I say new, I mean rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Empire State Stair Race Draws Pros, Amateurs, and Seniors Up 86 Flights

    Melissa Moon finishes first among women in today's Empire State run. More than 300 athletes climbed 86 floors today in the New York Road Runners' annual Empire State Building Run-Up. The race, which covered 1,576 stairs and included runners from 19 states and 17 countries, began in the building's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Oh Hell, Christmas Already?

    ​ When their publicists send you pictures of the Rockettes and King Kong on top of the Empire State Building, that's a sure sign holiday Christmas shopping season is here. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular officially opens tonight, too (though they started doing shows Friday -- must have b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Nick Cannon Celebrates Earth Day

    The picture via our brethren at Runnin' Scared, who are pretty much the TMZ of photos like this one Today is Earth Day, and in her honor, we are apparently powering down the Empire State Building for an elegiac 60 seconds, a spectacle that cannot hope to compete with this photo--taken this morning, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Quick Hits

    The way we see it, you can never have enough Nick Cannon and Spongebob Squarepants at the Empire State Building. Yeesh, that Craigslist Killer suspect is getting his laundry aired out: now they tell us he kept his victims' underwear, along with his gun (!), in a hollowed-out Gray's Anatomy. Also, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Quick Hits

    The annual Valentine's Day mass wedding takes place tomorrow at the top of the Empire State Building. This year the event includes its first same-sex couple. Charles G. Hogg, the groundhog who bit Mayor Bloomberg on Groundhog Day, is appearing at the Staten Island Zoo this weekend, in ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Updike's Uptown Crawl Recreated

    Photo from the Book Bench An early Updike Talk of the Town piece saw the writer quixotically attempt to make his way between the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center without once setting foot on either 5th or 6th Avenue. He called it a "service to readers who are too frail or shy for good-n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Same-Sex Couple to Trade Vows on Top of Empire State Building

    In September we told you about's Valentine's Day competition, for which the Conde Nast magazine would pick 14 couples whose stories compelled them and arrange for them to be married or commitment-ceremonied at the top of the Empire State Building. This year's winners have been announced. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    ESB, Starbucks, and Runnin' Scared Offer Special Service on Election Day

    The Empire State Building will be red, white, and blue tonight "as a reminder to vote in the 2008 presidential election," says management, and will "split its lights" -- half blue, half red -- after dark on Election Day. Also, as you may have heard, Starbucks is giving a free coffee tomorrow to an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Empire State Goes Back to the 1930s; Us, Too

    amNY's Urbanite announces a $600 million restoration of the Empire State Building's lobby and facade. Aside from some tedious office modernization upstairs, the renovations will be dazzling and retro: the lobby ceiling's gold-lead mural will be re-created, escalators removed, a chandelier and other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Mile High Club: Get Married (or Committed/Affirmed) Free at ESB!

    As lifestyle news articles tell us, in times of uncertainty people tend to get hitched. Of course, in the coming Depression, a lot of us won't be able to afford lavish nuptials. So if you plan to cleave unto, why not try and get Conde Nast's to host your ceremony -- on top of the Empire S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Hello New York! Whale Songs Heard for First Time in NY Waters

    Could Sludgie the Whale, who briefly graced the Gowanus last year, have been an urban pioneer? Bioacoustical researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation say that, for the first time ever, their recording devices in New York Harbor a ... More >>

  • Art

    April 4, 2006

    On High

    Christian college takes root in the Empire State Building

  • Film

    July 30, 2002

    Tried and True

    Hardest-Movie-Quiz Answers Revealed

  • Film

    June 25, 2002

    Screen Test 2002

    World's Hardest Movie Quiz

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    January 9, 2001

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