Black and white photographic still of King Kong encircled by white text.
The Empire State Building in Manhattan was the tallest building in the world for almost 40 years. Its 102 story height of 1,454 feet was topped by the North Tower of the original World Trade Center in 1970. A cultural icon, the Empire State Building has been a central location in a number of films. One of the best known is 1933’s King Kong. In the film, the giant ape makes his way to the top of the building while trying to escape his captors. The Empire State Building is a popular tourist destination and offers observation decks on both the 86th and 102nd floors.