Empire State Building in popular culture

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Aerial view in 2012.

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan, New York City. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 m), and with its antenna included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall. The Empire State Building stood as the world's tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping out of the original World Trade Center's North Tower in late 1970.[1] It has been featured in numerous films, TV shows, songs, video games, books, photographs, and artwork.

Film[edit]

The Midtown skyline, as viewed from the observation deck at night in January 2006.
  • Perhaps the most famous popular culture representation of the building is in King Kong (1933), in which the title character, a giant ape, climbs to the top to escape his captors but falls to his death after being attacked by military biplanes. In 1983, for the film's fiftieth anniversary, a huge 90-foot (27 m) tall inflatable Kong was placed on the building mast above the observation deck by artist Robert Vicino.[2] In 2005, Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong was released, set in 1930s New York City, including a final showdown between Kong and biplanes atop a greatly detailed Empire State Building. (The 1976 remake of King Kong was set in a contemporary New York City and held its climactic scene on the twin towers of the World Trade Center.) The Empire State Building and King Kong are both featured in the virtual reality world called the Oasis in Steven Spielberg's 2018 science fiction film Ready Player One.
  • In the disaster movie Deluge (1933), the Empire State Building is one of the several buildings that collapse during the earthquake that hits New York.
  • Love Affair (1939) involves a couple who plan to meet atop the Empire State Building, a rendezvous that is prevented by an automobile accident. The film was remade in 1957 (as An Affair to Remember) and in 1994 (again as Love Affair.)
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993), a romantic comedy partially inspired by An Affair to Remember, climaxes with scenes in the Empire State Building's lobby and observatory. The 2013 drama film Burning Blue also features a romantic scene in which the Empire State Building is viewed from a neighboring building's rooftop when the lights come on at sunset.[3]
  • In the Looney Tunes cartoon "Much Ado About Nutting", a squirrel has so much difficulty opening a coconut he carries it to the Empire State Building's observation deck and tosses it over the edge. While the street is damaged by the impact, the coconut remains intact.
  • In the 1946 Looney Tunes cartoon Baseball Bugs, Bugs Bunny is pitching in the Polo Grounds against the Gashouse Gorillas. In the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and Bugs protecting a one run lead, the opposition hits the ball out of the park for an apparent game-winning two-run homer. Bugs pursues the ball through New York City. The chase culminates at the "Umpire State Building". Bugs ascends to the top of the building by elevator and catches the ball for the third out, winning the game.
  • In the Tom and Jerry cartoon Mouse in Manhattan, Jerry walks by and views the Empire State Building, along with other landmarks, including the Statue of Atlas at Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal.
  • Andy Warhol's 1964 silent film Empire is one continuous, eight-hour black-and-white shot of the Empire State Building at night. In 2004, the National Film Registry deemed its cultural significance worthy of preservation in the Library of Congress.
  • In Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), Mount Olympus is located over the Empire State Building, and there is a special elevator in the building to the "600th floor", which is supposed to be Olympus, just like in the book series.
  • The building is chosen as Ground Zero for the target of a nuclear bomb that is dropped on New York in Fail-Safe (1964).
  • Both Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder go to the Observation Deck of the building in the original Mel Brooks film The Producers.
  • In One Fine Day (1996) the Empire State Building can be spotted in the background.
  • In the 1998 disaster television movie Earthquake in New York, during the earthquake the Empire State Building begins to crack and the windows begin to shatter, parts of the building collapse and fall but the building remains standing once the earthquake finishes.
  • The Empire State Building has an appearance in the 1999 movie, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York. It can be seen when a news reporter in a helicopter describes the damage. The reporter says, "Empire State Building looks good..." it can be seen again when Mayor Bruce Lincoln is making a speech, and lastly the building can be seen in the background when the Statue of Liberty is shown to be under reconstruction. On the films poster, the building is seen to have collapsed and the top of the building and its damaged antenna are resting on a nearby skyscraper, but in the actual movie it remains standing.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in the 1998 disaster movie Armageddon, when a meteor shower hits New York. It can be spotted in some scenes such as when a meteor is heading toward the Chrysler Building the Empire State Buildings mooring mast can be seen.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen three times in the 1999 drama movie Cruel Intentions. The first time it is seen is when Sebastian is driving toward Manhattan, the second time it is seen is when Sebastian makes a phone call on the Queensboro bridge, and the third time it is seen is when Annette drives away from Manhattan with the midtown Manhattan skyline in the background.
  • In the 2001 movie Zoolander, The Empire State Building can be seen in most scenes. Such as the funeral scene, the Chrysler Building, United Nations Building, Empire State Building, and MetLife building can be seen in the background. It can also be seen in the background when the "Mugato" headquarters is shown.
  • In the ending of the 2002 movie Gangs of New York, when gravestones are shown to be under the Brooklyn Bridge in a time lapse. The Empire State Building can be seen to the far right of the screen.
  • In The Time Machine (2002), the Empire State Building is still standing in the year 2030, but dwarfed by several larger skyscrapers around it. It is not visible in later scenes set in a post-apocalyptic New York.
  • The building can be seen in the 2002 comedy movie, Mr. Deeds. It can be seen when the Midtown Manhattan skyline is shown when the time turns from night to morning. It can be seen again when Deed is playing Tennis with Chuck, a part of the Midtown Manhattan skyline can be clearly seen in the background.
  • The building is seen in Elf and serves as the workplace of Buddy the Elf's father. Several interior shots of the building can be seen.
  • In the 2003 action movie Daredevil, the Empire State Building can be seen when Kingpin's (the villain) tower is shown and it can be seen out the window when Daredevil is face to face with Kingpin. It can also be seen in the background when Daredevil is on the top of a church.
  • The Empire State Building is seen in most Spider-Man films since it mostly takes place in New York. In Spider-Man (2002) when Spider-Man is fighting the Green Goblin by the Queensboro Bridge the building can be spotted next to the Chrysler Building. It can also be seen in Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007) when a building is hit by a crane the Empire State Building can be spotted in the distance.
  • In Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), in an alternate 1939, the top of the building serves its original purpose of being a docking station for dirigibles, and the Hindenburg III docks at it on its maiden voyage.
  • In the 2005 disaster movie End Day, a fictional scientist travels from London to New York. At one point in the film the camera shows the Empire State Building and a police helicopter flying in front of it.
  • In the 2006 movie Click, the building can be seen in numerous shots, specifically through an office window and other parts of the movie.
  • In the 2006 movie, The Hoax, the Empire State Building can be seen in between the Chrysler Building and the MetLife Building when a helicopter is landing on top of a building.
  • The building starred in Enchanted (2007) which Giselle tried to rescue Robert from Queen Narissa in her dragon form.
  • Many films have opened with the Empire State Building, such as West Side Story (1961), Step Up 3D, The Other Guys (both 2010), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, A Case Of You (both 2013), Left Behind (2014), and Manhattan Night (2016).
  • In the film How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008), the Empire State Building can be seen in parts of the movies specifically can be seen throughout the window.
  • In the 2008 romantic comedy drama movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, the Empire State Building can be seen in many parts of the movie. Such as when Nick is driving toward Manhattan, the midtown Manhattan skyline is shown. It is seen again in a shot of the Manhattan skyline shown from the George Washington Bridge. Lastly it is seen in the background at night when Nick and Tris are in a car where she tries to seduce him and dances in front of the car.
  • The 2008 movie Meet Dave, a spaceship shaped like a human lands on Liberty Island and walks around Manhattan. In a scene where Dave is coming out the subway the Empire State Building can be seen in the background.
  • In the 2009 movie Watchmen, the building can be spotted in most parts. It can be seen through an office window with the World Trade Center behind it.
  • The building has been destroyed in some disaster films, such as Independence Day (1996) (where it is destroyed in an explosion caused by a UFO) which destroys much of the city, Earthquake in New York (1998) (where it is destroyed in an earthquake), and Knowing (2009) (where it is destroyed by a solar flare along with the rest of the world at the end of the film).
  • In the Disney movie The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010), the Empire State Building can be seen in the background when one of the movies characters walks on one of the Chrysler Building's gargoyle eagles.
  • In The Divide (2011), the building is destroyed by a nuclear bomb detonated on New York. It was heavily featured on posters promoting the film.
  • In the 2011 movie The Smurfs, in a scene where Gargamel escapes from prison the Manhattan skyline can be seen in the background including the Empire State Building.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen many times in the 2011 comedy movie Mr. Popper's Penguins. It can be seen in the background when Tom Popper is on the phone in Madison Square Park. It can be seen again through the window when Tom is at his office in the Bank of America Tower.
  • In the 2011 disaster movie 2012: Ice Age, a massive hurricane of snow and ice head towards New York. A giant glacier hits the Empire State Building, but near the end of the movie the top of the Empire State Building is seen to have survived and is sticking out of the snow and ice.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in the 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises as a skyscraper in the Gotham City skyline.
  • In the romance comedy Lola Versus (2012), when Lola talks to her friends in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Empire State Building can be seen sticking out in the background.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen under construction in the 2013 movie The Great Gatsby. Although the Empire State Building wasn't completed until 1931, the movie takes place in the 1920s.
  • In Superman II (1980), Ursa (Sarah Douglas) uses a flagpole to knock Superman (Christopher Reeve) into the tower of the building, knocking off its radio antenna, which falls into the street below. Superman manages to catch it before it hits the ground and re-attaches it to the building.
  • In the 2013 comedy movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, when Ron Burgundy and his friends use their RV to get to Manhattan, the midtown manhattan skyline can be seen. In another part of the movie when Ron and his friends are attacked by other news teams, the Empire State Building can be seen when a bomber plane attacks. The Empire State Building can also be seen along with the Chrysler Building in the movie's poster.
  • In the 2014 movie Love Is Strange, when Ben is painting on a roof of a building the Midtown Manhattan Skyline can be clearly seen.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in the 2014 drama and romance movie Amira & Sam.
  • In the action superhero movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), the Empire State Building can be seen in the opening of the movie. The building is seen to have been damaged and has many gaping holes, along with other buildings in midtown.
  • In the 2014 drama romance movie Chinese Puzzle, the Empire State Building can be seen multiple times in the film. It can be seen when Xavier is in a car, and the midtown skyline is shown through the window. The upper part of the Empire State Building can be seen in the background along with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower when Xavier is standing in the street. Lastly, it can be seen when Xavier is looking out the window at the midtown Manhattan skyline.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in the 2014 movie 5 Flights Up.
  • In the 2014 movie A Most Violent Year, the building can be seen in numerous shots. Specifically when the main characters are looking at the Manhattan skyline.
  • In the 2014 movie Sharknado 2, a tornado filled with sharks enter Manhattan. The two tornadoes collide at the Empire State Building. The movie's characters go to the Empire State Buildings observation deck to set of an electrocution to get rid of the tornadoes. In another part of the movie, one character rides a shark while it falls from the sky and it lands on the Empire State Buildings spire.
  • In a scene in the 2014 movie, Shelter. Tahir and Hannah talk in an apartment with the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building seen from the window. Hannah tells Tahir that if he concentrates he can change the lights on the Empire State Building with his mind. Eventually Tahir causes the lights to turn red out of anger.
  • In the drama comedy movie The Angriest Man In Brooklyn (2014), when Sharon apologizes to Henry on the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building can be seen in the background at one point in the scene.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in multiple parts of the 2014 movie Manhattan Romance. For example, It can be seen when Tom is walking down 6th Avenue at night.
  • In the 2015 comedy movie Ted 2, John, Tami, and Ted go to New York to find an attorney. When they speak in the attorney's office the Empire State Building can be seen out the window
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in the background along with the rest of the Midtown skyline in the 2015 movie, The Walk.
  • In the 2016 film Nine Lives, in some parts of the movie the building can be spotted in the background.
  • In The 5th Wave (2016), the building happens to survive a massive tsunami that hits Manhattan during the second wave of an alien invasion.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen many times in the 2016 movie Pee Wees Big Holiday. It can be seen when Pee Wee is talking to Marvin, a poster of New York can be seen in the background with The Statue Of Liberty, Chrysler Building, and Empire State Building. It can be seen again when Pee Wee is in Manhattan looking around in his music number, and in one point of the song he sings about the Empire State Building.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in the 2016 romance/comedy How to Be Single. When the characters are in Madison Square Park at night, the building can be seen in the background.
  • In the 2016 movie Bakery in Brooklyn, Vivian talks to Paul on the phone while she rides her bike. In one part of that scene the Midtown Manhattan Skyline can be seen behind her.
  • In Sully (2016), the Empire State Building can be seen in some parts of the movie.
  • In the 2016 film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which takes place in New York include scenes with the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, MetLife Building, One World Trade Center and many other buildings in New York City.
  • In the science fiction film Oblivion (2013), the Empire State Building is seen buried in dirt up to the mooring mast sixty years after an alien invasion that destroyed New York. The antenna is used as a beacon to bring down an orbiting spacecraft and the observation deck is seen as an important plot point in a flashback sequence.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in the 2017 movie Bushwick. It can be seen in the beginning of the movie when the camera shows a birdseye view of Brooklyn with the Manhattan skyline in the background. It can be seen again when Manhattan is revealed to have been under attack.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in the movie Dark Tower (2017), when a massive shadow looms over Midtown Manhattan.
  • The building can be seen in the ending of the 2017 movie The Fate of the Furious when the camera reveals the Manhattan Skyline looking downtown.
  • In the 2017 Netflix Original Film The Incredible Jessica James, when Jessica is dancing on her roof the Empire State Building can be seen in the background.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok when the setting of the movie changes to New York, a part of the Manhattan skyline is shown.
  • In the 2018 comedy movie, I Feel Pretty, The Empire State Building can be seen in the background when Renee gets out of a Taxi cab.
  • In the Netflix original film, Like Father (2018) the Empire State Building can be seen in a montage of establishing shots of New York City in the beginning of the movie.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in the 2018 Netflix Original film, Set It Up. When there is a party on top of a building it can be seen in the background along with the Bank Of America Tower and 4 Times Square. And at the end of the film when Harper and Charlie kiss, the camera zooms out to reveal the Empire State Building along with other buildings near Bryant Park.
  • The building is also seen in the 2018 film Ready Player One. In some scenes King Kong is seen on top of the building.
  • In the 2018 movie Skyscraper, when the main building of the movie is shown on a scale compared to other buildings. The Empire State Building is seen on the scale.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen when Paul is riding his bike down 5th Avenue in the 2018 movie An Interview With God.
  • In the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War, the tower can be seen in an establishing shots and other scenes in the film.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in the animated movie Spider-Man Into the Spider Verse (late 2018)
  • In the 2019 comedy/drama movie, The Upside, the Empire State Building can be briefly seen in a car chase and when Philip is getting out of the Hospital.
  • Many other films that feature the Empire State Building are listed on the building's own website.[4]

Television[edit]

  • In the 1965 four-part Underdog cartoon serial "The Phoney Booths" (episodes 49-52), Underdog falls under the mental control of mad scientist Simon Bar Sinister. Simon orders Underdog to use his super powers to bring him valuable objects - including the Empire State Building, which Underdog lifts whole to bring it to Simon. In the end, circumstances release Underdog from Simon's control. He defeats the evil scientist and puts back the Empire State Building.
  • The Empire State Building featured in the 1966 Doctor Who serial The Chase, in which the TARDIS lands on the roof of the building; The Doctor and his companions leave quite quickly, however, because the Daleks are close behind them. A Dalek is also seen on the roof of the building while it interrogates a human. In 2007, Doctor Who episodes "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks" also featured the building, which the Daleks are constructing to use as a lightning conductor. Russell T Davies said in an article that "in his mind", the Daleks remembered the building from their last visit. In some new episodes of Doctor Who the ESB can be seen. Such as the episode The Return Of Doctor Mysterio.
  • In the science fiction drama series Fringe, the observation deck of the Empire State Building serves its primary purpose as a docking station for zeppelins in the parallel universe shown in the second-season episode "Peter". It is also featured as a main location at the beginning of the third-season episode "Immortality".
  • The Discovery Channel show MythBusters tested the urban myth which claims that if one drops a penny off the top of the Empire State Building, it could kill someone or put a crater in the pavement. The outcome was that, by the time the penny hits the ground, it is going roughly 65 mph (105 km/h) (terminal velocity for an object of its mass and shape), which is not fast enough to inflict lethal injury or put a crater into the pavement. The urban legend is a joke in the 2003 musical Avenue Q, where a character waiting atop the building for a rendezvous tosses a penny over the side—only to hit her rival.
  • In Gerry Anderson's popular puppet series Thunderbirds, the episode Terror in New York City, the Empire State Building is being moved to a new location as the site around it is set for redevelopment. However, something goes wrong and the building collapses, trapping a reporter and his cameraman underneath the rubble. Their rescue is the focus of the rest of the episode.
  • In the episode City of Steel of The Transformers tv series, the Empire State Building along with other buildings are dragged to the ground and replaced with cybertronian towers.
  • The building can be seen in the intro of the 1998 animated series Godzilla: The Series, when Godzilla climbs the Empire State Building.
  • In the season 2 episode of Family Guy, "A Picture is Worth 1,000 Bucks", the family goes to Manhattan. A shot of the skyline is seen and they go to the Empire State Building's observation deck, Peter asks Lois for a penny and he drops it off the building.
  • The music video of the song "Everything is Everything" (by singer Lauryn Hill) prominently features the Empire State Building as the center of a city (record) turntable.
  • The prime-time animated series, The Critic, shows the Empire State Building as one of the opening shots.
  • In the famous comedic animated TV series Futurama, the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building can be seen many times in many episodes. For example, in the episode "Tales of Interest" the Professor demonstrates his latest invention, the fing-longer by turning on the What-If Machine. Bender wants to aks it a question. What if he was 500 feet tall? The machine demonstrates that at 500 feet this leads to a fight between him and Zoidberg. Bender eventually gets shoved and falls onto the Empire State Building and the building's antenna goes right through him.
  • The Empire State Building is featured in the intro of The 10th Kingdom (2000). In the intro the building crumbles and turns into a mountain, causing New York City to turn into a nature-like landscape.
  • In the episode "First Time in New York" of the television series How I Met Your Mother (originally aired on January 8, 2007), the gang takes Robin's sister Katie to the Empire State Building. On the first day, they only got to the lobby, but they eventually went to the top the next day.
  • In season 7, episode 12 of the American drama series Mad Men, Don is at a board room meeting. He turns and looks at the window, the next shot shows him looking at the Empire State Building with a plane flying far behind it. Indicating that he wants to do more in life.
  • In season 4 of the mystery/crime series White Collar, the Empire State Building has a big affect on the plot of the season. A wanted man/ escaped prisoner is hiding somewhere in New York City. Peter and Neal find out he is hiding at the Empire State Building, specifically in an office on the 50th floor.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in many episodes of the Crime Drama series, Person of Interest. For example, when a group of men are having a conversation in Roosevelt Island with the Midtown Manhattan skyline behind them.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen many times in the 2014 television series Taxi Brooklyn.
  • In the television series Life After People episode "Heavy Metal", the Empire State Building collapses after around 200 years after human extinction due to saturated soil among the building's foundation pilings allows the building to lean. When gravity makes the building lean too far, it slips from the skyline and crashes to the streets below.
  • It can be seen in the background in many episodes of the 2015 crime series, Limitless.
  • The Empire State Building can be seen in most scenes of Marvel's Netflix scripted programming, such as Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders.
  • In an episode of the TV show Gossip Girl, Blair goes to the top of the Empire State Building to meet Chuck in order to save their relationship
  • In the fourth-season episode "Darkness on the Edge of Town" of Once Upon a Time, The Empire State Building can be seen in the distance of the New York City skyline.
  • The Empire State Building was featured as a part of the challenge in the 26th episode of the animated series Total Drama: The Ridonculous Race.
  • On October 15, 2018, Eminem performed his song "Venom" from the top of the building during a live segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Video games[edit]

  • In the 2001 video game Grand Theft Auto III and its prequels Grand Theft Auto Advance and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, a building resembling a combination of the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings is located in Bedford Point on Staunton Island in Liberty City. The game's rendition shares a similar facade design as part of the Empire State Building, but has somewhat similar terms of structural design of the Chrysler Building, with a crowned roof topped with a pinnacle.
  • In the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV, the Empire State Building appears as the Rotterdam Tower. It is the tallest building in Liberty City. The building's name is a reference to New Rotterdam, the Dutch colonial town which became the present day Liberty City. The Rotterdam Tower also appears in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, however, only the bottom floors are rendered due to the game's top-down angle.
  • In the open world action video game, Prototype 2 which takes place in an apocalyptic era, you can base jump from the Empire State Building. The building itself looks damaged and has holes on multiple floors.
  • In the action role playing video game, Tom Clancy's The Division, which released in 2016 takes place in New York City. The Empire State Building and other famous New York landmarks are included in the video game. The Empire State Building looks different due to licensing purposes. The Chrysler Building and Empire State Building can be seen on the games cover.
  • In the 2017 video game Super Mario Odyssey, the New Donk City Hall building is based on the Empire State Building. The building is located in the Metro Kingdom. The kingdom itself is loosely based on New York City with many references to the Donkey Kong arcade game and the Donkey Kong Country series.
  • The Empire State Building is a featured landmark to place in a city in the PC games Sim City 3000 and Sim City 4.
  • In the 2018 video game, Marvel's Spider-Man, the player who is playing as Spider-Man can climb up Empire State Building (even all the way up to its antenna) along with other New York buildings.
  • In the 1998 PC game JumpStart Music, part of the JumpStart educational game series, a parody version of the building shaped like a violin is seen in a fantasy realm called Music Land. Words on the building proclaim it to be the "Empire String Building".[5]

Literature and Comics[edit]

  • H.G. Wells' 1933 science fiction novel The Shape of Things to Come, written in the form of a history book published in the far future, includes the following passage: "Up to quite recently Lower New York has been the most old-fashioned city in the world, unique in its gloomy antiquity. The last of the ancient skyscrapers, the Empire State Building, is even now under demolition in C.E. 2106!".[6]
  • In the 1942 novel magazine called Startling Stories, specifically Startling Stories: City of Glass. A giant man attacks New York City. He is seen to be holding the Empire State Building under one arm and the Statue of Liberty under the other.
  • In the 1979 comic, Meteor (Marvel Comics Super Special), multiple meteors rain down on New York City. Showing meteors destroying the World Trade Center, Rockefeller Center, and Empire State Building.
  • In the 1980 John Varley novel Wizard, Cirocco is named as owner of the Empire State Building, which she has restored.
  • David Macaulay's 1980 illustrated book Unbuilding depicts the Empire State Building being purchased by a Middle Eastern oil billionaire in the early 1990s and disassembled piece by piece, to be transported to Saudi Arabia and rebuilt there. The mooring mast is rebuilt in a park at its former location in Manhattan, while the remainder of the building is lost at sea.
  • In the 1989 Marvel Comics storyline Inferno, the Empire State Building is used as a staging ground of a demonic invasion of Manhattan. Several tie-in comics show the building being "mutated" by the demons' presence.
  • Giannina Braschi's Empire of Dreams, a Latin American poetry epic published in 1988, featured a pastoral revolution on the top floor of the Empire State Building, where shepherds danced and sang songs of revolution.[7][8]
  • The Empire State Building is featured prominently as both a setting and integral plot device throughout much of Michael Chabon's 2000 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
  • In his "biography", Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, Philip Jose Farmer theorizes that the skyscraper in which Doc Savage lived and where he met with his comrades, had his laboratories, etc., was the Empire State Building. Since the 86th Floor (mentioned in the Savage stories as his floor) was the Observatory, one may presume that Doc "actually" lived on another floor.
  • In the series, "Percy Jackson & the Olympians", Rick Riordan shows the Empire State Building as the headquarters of the Olympian Gods, where the Greek Gods live and also hold their meetings.
  • In the 1961 children's novel James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, the giant peach is dropped onto the lightning rod of the Empire State Building at the end. This novel was later adapted in a film under the same name in 1996, which features the same part where the peach falls onto the Building's antenna.
  • In the 2011 novel Ghostbusters Vol. 1 Issue #2, Idulnas, while in possession of Jim Silver, ascended the Empire State Building in order to commune with the essence of Gozer as nearly finished its reformation. Idulnas needed Ray Stantz back in Manhattan and animated the nearby bear statue of Wall Street to draw him into a trap. It can also be seen in the 2016 novel Ghostbusters International #1. It can also be seen labeled on a map of Manhattan 2017 novel Ghostbusters 101 3.
  • In the sci-fi/alternate history series of novels Wild Cards, the 86th floor is the location of New York's premier chic restaurant, Aces High, a very popular hangout for the superpowered aces.
  • In the alternate history novel Fallout part of The Hot War series by Harry Turtledove, where the Korean War escalates into World War III, the Empire State Building, which stood as the world tallest building for 21 years up to that point, is toppled by the Soviet atomic bomb which hit New York City in May 1952. The collapsing skyscraper crushed a nearby hotel with the equivalent of "a sledgehammer hitting a railroad spike". Among those killed in the crushed hotel was politician Averell Harriman, a key adviser to President Harry S. Truman, and possible Democratic candidate for the 1952 US presidential election.
  • In the 1951 comic book series, Super Science Stories, volume 8. On the cover of the comic three UFOs are seen attacking New York City, the Empire State Building is seen to be on fire along with the streets below.
  • In the first issue of Atomic War! published in November 1952, New York City is hit with a Soviet atomic bomb in 1960, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the Headquarters of the United Nations are all shown collapsing during the bombing of the city.[9] Both the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings are also shown collapsing on the cover of the same issue.[10]
  • In the 1955 science fiction magazine, Fantastic Science Fiction, the Empire State Building is in the Fourth Volume, specifically on the cover it can be seen sticking out of a giant wave along with some other buildings in New York.
  • In the 1980 comic, Archie's Mad House No. 120, when aliens invade earth, two spaceships take the Statue Of Liberty and Empire State Building.

Other[edit]

  • A 7.6 feet (2.3 m) scale model built from 12,000 LEGO bricks over 250 hours is featured along with other notable buildings in the LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of the Twin Towers, archived from the original on December 28, 2013, retrieved January 26, 2014
  2. ^ De Moraes, Lisa (June 5, 2012). "Spike TV's 'Last Family on Earth': Coming to a bunker near you". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 13, 2013. the bunker space is being provided by the doomsday-shelter-building outfit Vivos, which is headed by Del Mar, Calif., developer Robert Vicino. He's the same guy who, way back in '83, installed an inflatable 10-story King Kong on the Empire State Building, to celebrate the original "King Kong" flick’s 50th anniversary.
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V9xYmVeNL4
  4. ^ "TV & Movies". ESBNYC.org. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvhHcGVqH4c
  6. ^ "The Shape Of Things To Come". Gutenberg.net.au. Archived from the original on June 11, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2010.
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