The Empire State Building is a recognizable icon in New York City's skyline. It holds so much history within its walls and has been around as long as we can remember. It's one of the seven wonders of the modern world... and for good reason. Its unique style and architectural significance are embedded in our minds for a lifetime.

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We've created this list to share some facts that you probably didn't know about this epic building. The history surrounding this building will blow your mind as you see how it was intertwined with so many other factors. Keep reading to learn ten things you didn't know about the Empire State Building in New York City!

10 10. It Was Nicknamed The "Empty State Building"

This ginormous building earned this nickname as it was finished right after the stock market crash in 1929. The historical event may not have had an impact on its success, except it was to be used as a corporate office space, so when its doors opened up in 1931 it faired poorly.

The building was using less than 25% of its space and they even resorted to publicity stunts in order to draw in customers. It was also stated that they left the lights of the upper floors on so it appeared the building was a popular spot and it would encourage other people to reserve their space.

9 9. Couples That Kiss At The Top Can Sometimes See Sparks

There is a lot of static electricity being generated at the top of the Empire State Building, which is why it is common for couples who kiss up there to see literal sparks. The spire is actually hit about twenty-three times a year by lightning, which only goes to show its affinity for electrical phenomenons.

Storms are amazing, but we recommend finding another place to view them other than at the top of the Empire State Building for this reason alone.

8 8. It Only Took 20 Months To Build

This building went up faster than you could blink, as it only took 15 months for construction to be completed. Its excavation began in March of 1930 and they were able to work through 4.5 stories per week. They had about 3,400 construction workers who worked on rotating 12-hour shifts until it was completed.

The majority of them were European immigrants and surprisingly only 5 people died throughout the entire process. This is quite the feat as it was the tallest building ever created at this period in time, and would go on to hold the record for the tallest skyscraper for another 41-years.

7 7. A Woman Survived A 75-Foot Plunge In A Broken Elevator

Betty Lou Oliver worked as an elevator attendant at the Empire State Building, but one-day things took a turn for the worse. The elevator she was on dropped 75-floors, but miraculously she survived the incident.

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Betty Lou ended up with a broken neck, back, and pelvis, and only survived the experience due to 1,000 feet of elevator cable that had cushioned her fall. She managed to recover after 8-months and went on to ride the elevator one last time before she left New York forever to live with her husband in Arizona.

6 6. You Can Get Married Here On Valentine's Day

There is an annual Valentine's Day Wedding contest where certain couples are selected each year to be married on this special holiday. They choose thirteen different happy couples and host the event on the 86th floor, and one happily married duo wins a honeymoon.

This past year all of the brides were provided a complimentary gown for their big day by Kleinfeld's, the same store that hosts the TV series, Say Yes To The Dress. They will also be granted free admission every year on their anniversary to commemorate their special day at the Empire State Building.

5 5. It Was Built To Beat The Height Of The Chrysler Building

This building was in a competition with the Chrysler Building at a time when industry was everything. They wanted to create the world's tallest building after the owner of Chrysler announced his plans to pursue this dream, as well as 40 Wall Street.

The owner of General Motors decided to compete and beat its competition by having their building reach an astonishing 1,453 feet from top to bottom. It has a total of 102-floors, and they built an observation deck into the 86th-floor. Chrysler tried to best them with their enhanced design to add more length, but they never managed to beat what the Empire State Building managed to pull off.

4 4. President Herber Hoover Turned On The Lights

President Herbert Hoover was the man who turned on the lights in the Empire State Building for the first time. He never went to New York to accomplish this task, rather, they gave him a button to push from his office in Washington D.C. that powered them up.

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The building hosted about 350 guests on its observation deck, however, they chose the wrong day as the entire view was obscured by dense fog for the duration of the event. President Hoover will forever go down in history for this moment as he turned over a new era of industrial construction within the world.

3 3. The Top Of The Building Was Meant For Airships

The architects of the building decided to add a mooring station at the top of the Empire State Building for airships and other dirigibles. There was a landing station out in New Jersey, but they wanted to be the first to create one in New York. They planned on having passengers exit the craft on a gangplank, which would allow them to travel the streets in mere moments after exiting the craft.

It was an impractical design and many saw it as a way for the building to beat the height of the Chrysler Building without looking petty in the process. The winds turned out to be too strong for this to be a reasonable goal, and only one airship ever moored here for three minutes before any other attempts were abandoned.

2 2. A World War Two Army Bomber Crashed Into It In 1945

This incident happened back in 1945 and led to the deaths of 14 people. There was a heavy fog over the city and a B-25 Mitchell bomber was flying from Massachusetts to New York City. The fog was thick, so air traffic controllers insisted they land in Newark instead, but this flight plan took them through the many skyscrapers in New York City.

The pilot swerved to avoid the Chrysler Building but ended up crash landing into the Empire State Building on the 79th-floor, and one of the engines ended up in a penthouse across the New York City street. Luckily, it was a Saturday so fewer workers were in the building and rescuers were able to put out the flames in less than an hour.

1 1. There Was Talk Of Adding Eleven Floors Back In The 1970s

The Empire State Building had been beat as the tallest building in the world, so the architects devised a plan to put it back at the top of the list. They wanted to add eleven floors to the building, but it involved ripping down the top of this historic building.

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There was to be a restaurant at the top, as well as plenty of glass for viewers to take in the sights. It was ultimately decided they didn't need to be the winners of the race because the building served as an icon in New York City. They felt it was unreasonable to tear apart such an integral part of the city's culture.

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