The Empire State Building is currently owned by Empire State Realty Trust, a real estate company that is owned by the Malkin family, and is currently run by CEO Anthony Malkin. In addition to the Empire State Building, they own additional offices and retail spaces in Fairfield County, Manhattan, Westchester County, and Westport CT. The Empire State Building has changed several owners before going to the Malkins in the 1950s.
The building site’s history originally goes back to 1799 when a farmer first owned the land and it exchanged hands several times heading all the way to the 20th century. At that time, the building that was there was the Waldorf Astoria Hotel until the lot was purchased by several businessmen including the DuPont brothers, who formed the Empire State, Inc company. They then decided to begin a project for a very tall building. Officially, the construction for the Empire State Building began on March 17, 1930.
In 1931, President Herbert Hoover pushed a button in Washington DC that activated the skyscraper’s lights. The building had several events occur including the filming of King Kong in 1933, and the crashing of a B-25 Bomber that hit the building, but the damage was contained. After changing hands again to the Prudential Insurance Company, the Empire State Building completed its construction in 1956 with 4 freedom lights installed at the building’s base. Peter L. Malkin in partnership with 2 others purchased the building in 1961, though later on both he and his son Anthony bought the last shares of the property in 2002, making the Empire State Building the sole possession of the Malkin family.
The Empire State Building has won numerous recognition awards such as topping the list of America’s Favorite Architecture in 2007, and the Green Power Leadership Award in 2011. The building has also commemorated Fay Wray, the star actress of the 1933 King Kong film. And in 2010, the Empire State Building officially opened a twitter and Facebook account.