HISTORIC FEATS: The Empire State Building

The modern world didn’t just happen. It was built. Built by men and women who understood the value of hard work and overcoming the impossible to accomplish Historic Feats. Those are our kind of people. To celebrate them and their accomplishments, OXX is taking a closer look at some of the greatest feats of human ingenuity that America has ever seen. 

The Empire State Building’s iconic photo of the lunchtime at 1,250 feet didn’t happen. Sure there was a group of men sitting on a steel beam, and yes, they did work on the building. But this moment was all a publicity stunt. At OXX, we love what this photo stands for: people who work hard, no matter where they are, who are taking a rest from their labor to enjoy each other’s company. However, we could do without all the smoke and mirrors that came with it. So our team started digging. We wanted to uncover the true-blue story of the Empire State Building; the people who worked on it, and the amazing structure they created. What we found was nothing short of incredible. Here are three facts about the Empire State Building’s history that you didn’t know:



Even though the most iconic pictures of the Empire State Building’s construction were staged, there are still hundreds of pictures of what the real project looked like. The workers who dangled above the city seemed to have little fear of the 1,250 foot fall that awaited them if they lost their footing. (That’s the length of nearly 3.5 football fields stacked on top of each other). Amazingly, seven million man-hours later, the crews were able to complete the project in total of 410 days: 3 months ahead of schedule.

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Light It Up

Until the World Trade Center was built in the earl 1970s, the Empire State Building was the tallest skyscraper in New York City. Thanks in part to its height, the building became a lightning rod for the city that sprawled out below. To this day, the Empire State Building sees an average of 20 to 25 lightening strikes a year.

Light t up!

Direct Hit

In 1945 as the nation was celebrating the end of World War II, a lone Army Air Corps B-25 twin-engine plane soared above New York. In the foggy conditions, the pilot did not see how closely he was approaching the city skyline. In an instant, the plane collided with the 79th floor of the Empire State Building. The damage was confined to the 79th floor, but the crash took the lives of 14 people.


Honestly, the Empire State Building we know has been glamorized. It’s gotten to the point where it’s hard telling the truth from the fiction. With a little digging, the OXX Team was able to set some of the record straight. No, King Kong never did scale the Empire State Building. However, these three events did happen, and in our opinion, they have a greater meaning than any Hollywood film could ever capture.