Take a tour of Empire State Building in New York City, United States – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions series by GeoBeats. It is perhaps the most famous building in America, but certainly in New York City. The Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world for forty years. Since its construction in 1931, it has been an important part of the city's skyline. This 102-story, 1,050-foot tower has left its mark on American pop culture. It has appeared in countless movies, the most famous being, of course, "King Kong". The observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors offer the best views around New York. The Empire State Building is lit up in different colors for various holidays and events.