Man at His Best

Watch The Empire State Building Light Up To Music

This young granddaddy of iconic skyscrapers celebrates an age milestone.

BY shermian lim | May 2, 2016 | Design

The Empire State Building in New York City turned 85 on May 1. Built in 1931, it was the tallest building in the world until the late 1970s. 

One of the most memorable images of this building just might be that scene of an oversized gorilla scaling up the side of the building, fully intent on reaching the pinnacle, from the movie King Kong.

With viewers less easily taken in by CGI these days, the Empire State Building has adopted other ways to capture the imagination of a new generation: through light and music shows projected onto the building's walls. At times, the building lends its walls to light shows with a message, like holiday greetings, or this one on endangered species.

Here's another one for you to watchas you sip a glass of wine in celebration of world architecturea strangely relaxing video of the Empire State dressed up in lights, accompanied by Steely Dan music.