November 9th 2009

The Empire State Building

Here’s the second installment of The Swish Life Magazine newest feature: a monthly artistic cartoon highlighting New York City landmarks. Illustrator and artist Mark Hayward has dedicated this month to the infamous Empire State Building.

The Empire State Building

A New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, this classic building towers more than a quarter of a mile into the sky above the heart of Manhattan.

It’s one of the city’s main tourist attractions with a variety of fun for its hundreds of daily visitors. From exploring in the Observatory, eating in the two restaurants, sushi bar, or three coffee shops, browsing in the drug store orĀ  Hallmark card shop, it’s only the beginning of the many things to see and do.

There’s also the New York SKYRIDE, an independently owned and operated simulated helicopter ride and virtual-reality movie theater. Art exhibits, concerts, and shows make up more of bulk that both tourists and locals enjoy any time of year.

A symbol American ingenuity and Art Deco architecture, the Empire State Building is a NYC must.

Other interesting facts:

The architect is Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Associates.

It was completedĀ  on November 13, 1930.

It cost 40,948,900 (including land).

It is 1,454 feet (1,453 feet, 8 9/16th inches) or 443.2 meters to top of lightning rod.

And is 37 million cubic feet.

There are 6,500 windows.

100 tons of trash and waste are removed from the building each month.

The Empire State Building


We thank our in house artist and illustrator Mark H. Hayward for this month’s illustration. You can find out more about Mark and his work, and view his Illustration Portfolio here.

Read more about the Empire State Building in Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark.

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.