New York City Skyline live cam
View of the Empire State building from 230 Fifth, New York's Largest Rooftop bar

New York City Skyline

Our New York live cam broadcasting from Manhattan’s largest rooftop bar presents a jaw-dropping 180° view of the city skyline, but especially of the legendary Empire State Building! Completed in 1931, this Art Deco skyscraper - rising on the grounds of the original Waldorf Astoria Hotel - was inaugurated as the world’s tallest building.

Curiously, in the 1920s the economic boom translated into a head to head “competition” between constructors racing to erect the world’s tallest building. The Empire State Building, the Chrysler (visible on the right) and the neo-gothic 40 Wall Street all contended for the title. Designs were constantly updated, more and more floors added. 40 Wall Street held the title from late April 1930 to May 27th 1930 counting 927 feet. This short-lived record was due to the inauguration of the Chrysler Building that measured 1,046 feet, including a secretly constructed 125 feet steel spire mounted on the tower’s dome. At the very end, the Empire bested both, surpassing the Chrysler by circa 400 feet.

Construction began on May 1st 1930, the process involved as many as 3,400 workers on a day to day basis and an astounding 57,000 tons of steel for the skeleton. The King of Steel was completed in record time (20 months) and under budget, costing a total of $40,984,900! Today the Empire State Building, measuring 1,454 feet (including the antenna added in 1950), is the 31st tallest building in the world (the 4th in NY), it’s visited by over 3.5 million people every year and is one of the 43 New York skyscrapers with a dedicated zip code! Crazy, huh? The two observatories on the 86th and 102nd floor offer – needless to say - spectacular views of the city!

Tune into our New York live webcam and watch as New Yorkers finish up their day in front of the 102-story landmark! Can you recognize any other skyscrapers?

 

Fun facts

So many interesting facts surround the architectural icon that is the Empire State Building. Did you know that the skyscraper rose to stardom with the 1933 “King Kong” movie? On the occasion of the film’s 50th anniversary, a giant 84-foot inflatable ape was installed on what is called the Empire’s “mooring mast”. Quite a few urban myths revolve around this 200-foot tower as well, the mooring mast was believed to have been added to allow the docking of lighter-than-air dirigibles (aka blimps) booming in the first decades of the 20th century. The docking station, however, never welcomed any passengers nor Zeppelins for that matter, the strong and hazardous winds blowing at the height of the mast render even the thought unpractible. Many believe, in fact, that the Empire State Building was never meant to be an airport for dirigibles, but that the docking station was a “mere” ploy designed to add height and conquer the title of “World’s Tallest Building”. Another incredible event occurred in 1945, when a heavy fog caused the crash of an army B-25 bomber into the tower’s 79th floor claiming the life of 14 people. Lastly, 1994 marks the first ever Empire State Building Valentine’s day wedding contest event, every year since, hundreds of couples submit their love story for a chance to win a dream wedding atop the skyscraper!

Cam on-line since: 10/30/2016

Comments

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • MEL

    Not one of my favourite cams !

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    • 4 days ago
    • johnny2hands

    Looking a bit Baltic today, snow is falling.

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    • 4 days ago
    • Algenib

    12-02 14PM on way to here

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    • 6 days ago
    • Capture Sam

    29nov19--The Friday after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday in the United States and is the first official shopping day for Christmas. EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 7 days ago
    • MEL

    Lots of people gathering for drinks on the roof.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Capture Sam

    28nov19--Thanksgiving Day is a Federal public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. The first Thanksgiving in the USA was held at Plymouth in 1621. This feast was prompted by a good harvest and celebrated by pilgrims and puritans. The first Thanksgiving in 1621 was celebrated for three days. When the pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower, the Wampanoag Indians taught them how to cultivate the land. These Indians were invited to the first Thanksgiving in 1621. The first Thanksgiving feast was made up of lobster, chestnuts, onions, leeks, dried fruit, cabbage, carrots, chicken, rabbit, honey and maple syrup and other items. There were no mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, or even corn on the cob at the first Thanksgiving feast.
    It wasn't until the 1660s that the harvest feast became an annual affair. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be the national day for Thanksgiving. The writer of Mary Had a Little Lamb, Sarah Josepha Hale, is thought to be the person who persuaded Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Each year the President of the United States pardons a turkey. This lucky turkey is guaranteed to spend the rest of its
    life living freely and not ending up on a turkey platter. Approximately 280 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving in the United States.
    Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began in the 1920s and is still held today. EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • PATTI

    Happy Thanksgiving USA

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • MEL

    POPPY...yea a Christmas song!

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Capture Sam

    26nov19-- ♫ ♪♪"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" - recorded by Iron Butterfly ♪

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • POPPY

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Cue a song......

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • MEL

    Hermit....thanks, I’m forgetting that it’s some kind of bar on the roof haha

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Hermit

    Starting to look festive here.
    MEL, the 'igloos' provide extra shelter for the customers and are part of their holiday decorations.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • MEL

    Penny Allen... what are the igloos for ?

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Capture Sam

    10nov19--In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.
    On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.
    Veterans Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
    EnJoy EnJoy

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    • 1 month ago
    • Penny Allen

    I see they’re getting ready for Winter, the igloos are being erected

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    • 2 months ago
    • Paul

    I haven’t viewed this webcam for a while, I thought that the foliage would of been cut back as it spoils the view of the bar area! But alas it’s even worse!