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WNYC News

Starbucks to Deliver Coffee at Empire State Building

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Finding a Starbucks in Midtown is no one's idea of a problem that needs solving, but the company is planning to launch a delivery service at the Empire State Building.

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Studio 360

Brian Williams Raps, Game of Thrones Maps, and More

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Also, the ultimate Game of Thrones nerd makes an interactive map, and a light show in the sky.

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WNYC News

1,576 Steps in a Race to the Top

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

It was a short race – just under a quarter of a mile – but it was all uphill.

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WNYC News

LEDs Mean Endless Rainbow for Empire State Building

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Empire State Building will replace its tower lights with a computer-driven LED system that allows for nearly endless color combinations.

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The Takeaway

Meet 1WTC, New York's New Tallest Building

Monday, April 30, 2012

If wind speeds aren’t prohibitive Monday, a steel column will be lifted on top of the existing framework of 1 World Trade Center, making it New York’s new tallest building. WNYC digital producer Stephen Nessen spent a lot of time on the site of 1WTC this summer. He explains what it took to make a structure this massive.

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Studio 360

Transmit This

Friday, January 27, 2012

A lot of us learned that Guglielmo Marconi invented radio, but Nikola Tesla transmitted electromagnetic waves before Marconi — the Supreme Court decided the case in 1943. Jim Stagnitto, the Director of Engineering for WNYC, gives Kurt a tour at the top of the Empire State Building ...

Video: Kurt Andersen tours the WNYC radio transmitter

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Transportation Nation

NYC Transpo Department's New 34th Street Design Wins Business, Local Plaudits

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How a new design would divide up parking, buses and vehicular traffic on parts of 34th Street (Graphic by NYC Dept of Transportation)

(New York, NY - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) Last night at a public meeting in Midtown Manhattan, the New York City DOT unveiled a new design for 34th street. Major parts of the old plan were scrapped. There will be no wide pedestrian walkway on what was to have been a carless stretch of 34th Street between Herald Square at Sixth Avenue and the Empire State Building at Fifth Avenue, in an area that lacks as DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has mildly put it "quality public space."

Also gone from the plan are bus lanes protected from traffic by concrete barriers. Instead the bus lanes will be marked with terra cotta paint, as on Select Bus Service lanes along First and Second Avenues. And two-way traffic will remain along the corridor, allowing vehicles to move in both directions toward approaches to the Lincoln and Midtown tunnels at either end of 34th Street.

Urban planners, who did not want to speak for attribution, lamented the death of what transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan once called "the the only true bus rapid transit plan" on the boards for New York, with physically segregated plans.  The plan had been modeled on successful bus rapid transit systems in cities like Bogota, Columbia, and Ghanzhou, China.  In those cities, cars cannot wander into the bus lanes, as they frequently do in New York, making buses far more speedy than cars.  The plan for 34th street, planners say, would have provided a true "subway-on-wheels" experience river-to- river in midtown, connecting Bellevue hospital, the Empire State Building, Penn Station, and the Javits Convention Center.

But major businesses had complained the previous plan had too little space for pick-ups and drop-offs. The new plan has 300 loading zones, a seven-fold increase.

“This is good," Dan Biederman of the 34th Street Partnership said of the plan. "The property owners who were most upset before—Macy's, Vornado and the Empire State Building—were all either happy or not quite ready to endorse it but thinking this is a much better plan.”

Christine Berthet, co-chair of Community Board 6 transportation committee, said the city's attention to public feedback had produced a better design.

“I think this is the one which has the most interaction, where they seem to be listening the most,” she said.

More public meetings about the 34th Street design are scheduled for March 30th and 31st.

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Gallerina

Empire State Flashback

Friday, February 18, 2011

WNYC

As part of our Empire Tweets Back project—in which we watch all eight hours of Andy Warhol's film "Empire"—we did a little rooting around in the WNYC and Museum of Modern Art archives to see what we could find in relation to Andy Warhol and the Empire State Building. Here's a small round-up of some of the more interesting bits.

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Gallerina

Watching (and Tweeting) Andy Warhol's 'Empire'

Thursday, February 17, 2011

WNYC

Warhol's marathon eight-hour film of the iconic Empire State Building has long been talked about, but rarely seen. On Friday, WNYC Culture goes to the movies.

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WQXR News

Will Tower at 15 Penn Hurt Development Chances at World Trade Center?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The new skyscraper in Midtown won't just change the views of and from the Empire State Building.

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WNYC News

Crowding in Midtown: The Empire State Building as Enduring Icon

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Look at the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn or New Jersey and you don't need to be an architectural expert to pick out the Empire State Building. But what if it were surrounded by other skyscrapers, like other more densely populated parts of the city skyline. Would it still be an icon? Yesterday, that question became a little less hypothetical; The City Council approved plans for a nearby skyscraper that's nearly as high as the Empire State Building.

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WNYC News

Council Approves New Skyscraper Near Empire State Building

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

By an overwhelming vote of 47-1, the City Council voted to allow a skyscraper to be built within four blocks of the Empire State Building in Midtown.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Shifting Skyline

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Will plans for a skyscraper near Penn Station that would be almost as tall as the Empire State Building "ruin" New York's skyline? Matthew Schuerman, WNYC Radio reporter, discusses the development.

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WNYC News

Dueling Points of View on Manhattan's New Skyline

Monday, August 23, 2010

A picture is worth a thousand words—and millions of dollars. Those are the stakes for which two midtown real estate giants are playing in the fight over 15 Penn Plaza, a proposed 1,216-foot skyscraper that would be constructed within a quarter mile of the Empire State Building.

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WNYC News

Empire State Building Owner Testifies Against Skyscraper Next Door

Monday, August 23, 2010

Two major property owners in the 34th Street area are facing off at a City Council hearing today. Vornado Realty Trust wants to build a 1,200-foot tower at 33rd street and 7th avenue. But the owners of the Empire State Building, three blocks away, are objecting, saying the new tower would ruin the iconic view of their building on the skyline.

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WNYC News

Owners of Empire State Building Oppose Proposed Tower Nearby

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The owners of the Empire State Building are objecting to a proposed 69-story skyscraper that would be built two blocks away. The new building, called 15 Penn Plaza, would go where the Hotel Pennsylvania is currently located, at 32nd Street and 7th Avenue, and would rise to about 1200 feet -- or just 25 feet lower than the top floor of the Empire State Building.

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WNYC News

Race to the Top: The Annual Empire State Climb

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Reporting by Benedict Moran
(by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

(by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Participants in the annual race to to top of the Empire State Building may be feeling like they're trapped in the movie 'Groundhog Day.' ...

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WNYC News

Empire State Building Going Green

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

(Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

(Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

The Empire State Building already glows green, for holidays like Saint Patrick's Day. Now, the iconic skyscraper is GOING green, with a major environmental makeover that is expected to cut its carbon emissions by 38 percent. Iain Campbell is with Johnson Controls, which helped plan the retrofit.

'If all commercial buildings in New York City followed the model developed for this project, there would be a reduction in carbon emissions of over $4.5 million metric tons per annum. Equivalent to that generated by a typical coal fired power plant.'

The $20 million upgrade includes replacing all of the building's 6500 windows with insulated glass, and adding extra insulation around radiators. Former President Bill Clinton's Climate Initiative project helped coordinate the makeover. He and Mayor Bloomberg both attended the announcement on the Empire State Building's 80th floor.

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