Empire State Building

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Man Sued for Taking Topless Photos Atop NYC Landmark

Empire State Building owners not pleased with 86th-floor shot

(Newser) - The Empire State Building's owners feel strongly about the landmark's reputation as a "safe and secure family friendly tourist attraction"—so much so that it's suing a photographer who temporarily made it a little too R-rated. On Aug. 9, Allen Henson had a model strip... More »

Man Survives Empire State Building Jump

His 86th-floor jump was stopped by the 85th floor

(Newser) - You don't expect a story that begins "man jumps off Empire State Building" to end well. But a Massachusetts tourist has been given a second chance after his suicide attempt—in which he climbed a fence lining the building's 86th floor observation deck just before midnight Wednesday... More »

North Korea Posts Video Fantasy of US in Flames

Set to Michael Jackson's 'We Are the World'

(Newser) - If you think North Korea harbors a not-so-secret desire to obliterate the US—while backed by a Michael Jackson song—you'd be sort of correct. The country's official website uploaded a truly bizarre YouTube video on Saturday in which a slumbering man dreams of a rocket blasting a... More »

Empire State Building Dazzles With New Lights

New, eco-friendly LED lights wow New Yorkers

(Newser) - In the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning, as most of New York slept, something big and bright lit up the Manhattan skyline for just seconds, a tightly held secret to all but a handful of people. It was a tiny test for the huge public surprise four days later: the... More »

Empire State Gunman Faced Eviction

Bloomberg supports officers' quick action

(Newser) - The case of Empire State Building shooter Jeffrey Johnson continues to unfold. Police have now visited his Upper East Side apartment three times, taking a computer and documents from the home, the Wall Street Journal reports. Emerging details:
  • The one-bedroom apartment may not have belonged to Johnson much longer: He
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Instagram User Defends Photo of Injured NYC Victim

Critics didn't like his joke-y caption

(Newser) - One of the more widely used images from today's shooting spree near the Empire State Building shows a wounded man on the street being being tended to by a woman. Turns out it was shot by local photographer Muhammad Malik, who immediately uploaded it to Instagram with this not-so-sensitive... More »

Cops Identify NYC Shooter

Jeffrey Johnson, 53, killed former manager, say police

(Newser) - Some details are starting to clarify about this morning's shooting spree near the Empire State Building that left two dead and nine injured:
  • The shooter has been identified as Jeffrey Johnson, 58, a clothing designer who got laid off about a year ago from apparel company Hazan Imports in
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11 Shot Outside Empire State Building

Gunman, victim reportedly dead

(Newser) - Eleven people were shot outside the Empire State Building this morning and two, including the gunman, are reportedly dead. The male gunman may have been a disgruntled employee who may have been fired from his job in or near the Empire State Building, MSNBC reports; the New York Post says... More »

Freedom Tower Now NYC's Tallest ... Sort Of

Unless you count the Empire State Building's needle

(Newser) - It’s a momentous day in New York today: The World Trade Center is once again the city's tallest structure. The skeleton of the still-under-construction "Freedom Tower" will today surpass 1,250 feet, the AP reports, making it just a hair higher than the Empire State Building. But... More »

For Sale: Stock in the Empire State Building?

Family controlling the building wants to open new real estate company

(Newser) - Looking to invest in a piece of the New York real estate market? Well, soon you may be able to invest in the biggest piece of all: the Empire State Building. The Malkin family, which controls the building, is trying to create a publicly-traded real estate company that would feature... More »

NYC Dims Lights for Migrating Birds

Feathered friends confused by the light, scientists believe

(Newser) - The city that never sleeps will be a little less bright through Nov. 1, as buildings hit the lights to protect migrating birds. An estimated 90,000 birds die each year by slamming into buildings in NYC alone; turning lights off can reduce that number by 83%, according to one... More »

Empire State Building Won't Light Up for Mother Teresa

Request to honor of her birth denied

(Newser) - New York City's Empire State Building said "yes" to Mariah Carey, dog shows, cancer charities—even the 60th anniversary of communist China. But the landmark skyscraper's owners have declined to illuminate it in honor of the late Mother Teresa. Catholic League President Bill Donohue said his lay advocacy group... More »

Empire State Jumper Was Junior at Yale

21-year-old left suicide note in dorm room

(Newser) - The man who jumped to his death from the Empire State Building has been identified as a 21-year-old junior at Yale. Police say Cameron Dabaghi left a note in his dorm room apologizing and saying that he planned to jump from either the Empire State Building or the George Washington... More »

Man Leaps to Death From Empire State Building

Body shattered, sneakers scattered

(Newser) - A 21-year-old man scaled a 10-foot-high fence on the observation deck of the Empires State Building last evening and thudded to the ground 86 floors below in front of horrified onlookers. "It was an explosion," a witness told the New York Daily News . "His body was shattered... More »

World's Most Photographed Landmarks

Guess what comes in ahead of the Statue of Liberty?

(Newser) - Quick, what would you rather take a picture of on a trip to New York: the Statue of Liberty or the Apple store? Turns out most people would choose the Apple store—at least if we’re talking about the one on Fifth Avenue with a nifty-looking cube atop it.... More »

Lights Go Out Tomorrow for Earth Hour

Cities across the world flick switches at 8:30pm

(Newser) - Earth Hour returns tomorrow night, with cities across the world turning off the lights at 8:30pm local time. The annual event sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund is in its fourth year and growing quickly. About 30 US state capitals are expected to take part, up from 8 last... More »

China Critics See Red as Empire State Changes Color

Building lit to mark 60th anniversary of Communist rule

(Newser) - Critics of the Chinese regime cried foul last night as the Empire State Building was illuminated with red and yellow lights to mark 60 years of Communist rule. The move is "outright, blatant approval for a communist totalitarian system," said a statement from Students for a Free Tibet,... More »

Empire State Building Going Green

Makeover project hailed as a landmark for energy efficiency

(Newser) - The Empire State Building is getting a makeover to reduce its King Kong-sized carbon footprint, NY1 reports. As part of a larger renovation, "green" improvements will be made to the 78-year-old building—including an update for all 6500 of the structure’s windows—to reduce its energy consumption by... More »

Stair Masters: Tower Running a Painful High

Racing up skyscrapers 'not all that pleasant,' yet spreading fast

(Newser) - "Think about the most painful thing you've ever done, then multiply by 10," says one devotee (yes, devotee) of tower running, in which hearty soles summit the world's tallest buildings. The Empire State Building, the Sears Tower and Taiwan's Taipei 101 are some of the majors of the... More »

10 Must-See Big Apple Buildings

There's plenty of NYC beyond the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty

(Newser) - Headed to New York for a burst of sightseeing? Trade the Statue of Liberty for a tour of the Big Apple’s 10 must-see buildings, as compiled by the Center for Architecture:
  1. Conde Nast Building
  2. Brooklyn Museum
  3. Prada New York
  4. Rose Center For Earth And Space
  5. Apple Store Soho
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