The Empire State Building is the former tallest structure in New York and one of the city's most well known buildings. This skyscraper stands 1250 feet (381 m) tall (1455 feet (443 m) counting the antenna spire). It was built between 1930 and 1931 and surpassed the Chrysler Building as the tallest structure on Earth at the time. In 1945, a B-25 plane crashed into the tower and killed 14 people. Despite the damage and loss of life, the building was reopened a few days later and the damaged section was soon repaired. The skyscraper has also witnessed many suicides and a shooting episode in 1997. It is an Art Deco skyscraper, constructed of steel and masonry, but how long will New York's icon last after people are gone?
2 Days after People: And the New York City power grid is failing. And so is the lights of the Empire State Building.
200 Years after People: The Big Apple is rotten. Although it has outlived most of New York City's newer skyscrapers such as the MetLife Building, saturated soil among the Empire State Building's foundation pilings have allowed the building to lean. When gravity makes the building lean too far, the Empire State Building slips from the skyline and crashes to the streets below. The collapse also destroys or damages other buildings in a close range. The Chrysler Building is now the tallest skyscraper in New York City again.