A few of our classmates took a tour of the Empire State Building recently. It is one of the best buildings to visit in Manhattan. We took a tour with the building's observatory director, Jean-Yves Ghazi, and he told us all about how they modernized the building to make it a landmark that will make it even more amazing.
He took us to the enhanced Sustainability Exhibit, which is on the second floor of the visitors center in the building. The building was built with 3,500 workers that used to work with no safety precautions at all. It cost $26.7 million to build. They used 57,000 tons of steel from Pennsylvania to build it. The pictures in the center were incredible. When you walk into the lobby, you are amazed by the architecture that has all been upgraded from when it was originally opened in 1931. The ceiling has a cool design on it -- like gears in a watch. The building has a museum about how they're saving energy. The Empire State Building has 102 floors. Ghazi told us that this is one of the most energy-efficient buildings in New York City.
Of course, a trip to the Empire State Building would not be complete until you go to the Observation Deck. When you go outside, have a jacket because it is windy on one side and warm on the other. You can see a lot of things like the Statue of Liberty and Times Square. It is both cool and maybe a little scary if you're afraid of heights. I would recommend to come to the Empire State Building for a tour. And we are not alone. Did you know that about 3.5 million people visit every year? For information, go to: esbnyc.com. It is located at 350 5th Ave.