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Romantic Things to Do: One of the world's most famous skyscrapers is easily recognized by its strong, slender ascent into the NY sky. The Empire State Building opened in 1931, and immediately climbed into the hearts of romantics everywhere. After all, what better place to pop the question or stare out across the city hand-in-hand than 102 stories high, with the fabulous Manhattan streets carrying on below you? Mornings are less crowded, yet the views at night can be magical. In fact, if you're looking to propose, you'd be best served doing it on the 86th floor Thursdays - Saturdays from 10PM - 1AM when the resident saxophonist is putting on a show.

Historic Sites: One of the world's most famous skyscrapers is easily recognized by its strong, slender ascent into the NY sky. The building opened in 1931 at a cost of $41 million after about a year of construction, making it the fastest development of any major skyscraper (4.5 stories per week). At 1,450 feet and currently the 28th tallest building in the world, this landmark soars more than a quarter mile into the Manhattan atmosphere. On clear days, there can be an amazing 80-mile visibility from the observation deck. Mornings are less crowded, yet the views at night can be magical. If you are observing the Empire from another building, you may notice on occasion that the top 30 stories are illuminated by colored lights. Since 1976, varying color combinations have served as a New York City-style Empire celebration of different holidays.

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Historic Sites: "You can bank, shop, send a postcard or have a cup of coffee – all within the building. In the lobby, special concerts and art exhibits are offered at various times throughout the year."

Best for Historic Sites Because: Once the tallest building in the world, the Empire State Building was a boost to the city's morale during the Great Depression.

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