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

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    • 2 days 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!

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    • 7 days ago
    • Capture Sam

    13oct19-- Tomorrow, the 14th of October is a national holiday. Banks are closed. The post office 'USPS' has a day off. Skools have the option of being open. Domes? Yes. I've had frost twice already this autumn. Nasty S N O will soon arrive. Brilliant foliage displays occur in UPstate currently. EnJoy EnJoy

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    • 1 week ago
    • Jake

    Geodesic domes seem to be showing up again.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Dylan Englun

    hey what's up everyone?!

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    • 2 months ago
    • MEL

    What an amazing view, brilliant.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    31aug19--Yesterday was the start of the long holiday week-end of Labor Day { Labour Day in Canada } with Monday being the extra day off of work ( labor ) for most people. Unofficially marking the end of summer.
    EnJoy EnJoy

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    • 2 months ago
    • Saighdear Edogg

    Happened on here this now - 5.30 am Sunday : so many OFFICES? Lit up ... so nobody here bothered about Energy wasting? Didn't think security would be an issue in multi-storey buildings. can someone please enlighten me?

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • John mich

    In my dreams !!

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • wish_I_were_there

    The city that never sleeps

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • philo

    From Uk here love this webcam NY looks amazing

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • Barry

    Looks freezing. I wouldn't be caught there.

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    26may19--Memorial Day week-end. Tomorrow is the national holiday and unofficially the start of summer. Known as Decoration Day in the years after the American Civil War. ---- New York City invites into its ports sailors and soldiers this week called Fleet Week. EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    4may19--BOAT = Bank Of America Tower is the tower left of the ESB with the slanted roof line with the tall tower. EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • mike buckle

    does the bar give the red coats to the customers if its cold.Everyone seems to be wearing them

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Dana

    Eiffel Tour is in dark.

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Dana

    17apr19 - France flag colors on Empire State Building. Tribute. :-(