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City Hall
City Hall
#About the City Hall that Starred in a Blockbuster

The City Hall of Los Angeles is in the Civic Center. The skyscraper was built in 1928 in the Art Deco style and is 138 meters high, with 28 floors.

The Mayor of Los Angeles arrives at his office here on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 am. On the 17th floor there is an open public view from Monday to Friday at the opening hours.

Remember, by the way, the scenes of the editorial board of the newspaper "Daily Planet" by Lois Lane and Clark Kent from the movie "Superman"? So yes, this building starred in the film and served as a backdrop for quite a few scenes.

In 1976 the building was declared a historic-cultural monument of Los Angeles.


A Closer Look at Los Angeles City Hall:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFnyCVHLsHk
Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center
#About the Center

The city's business center in New York is one of the leading destinations for tourists. The center is named after John D. Rockefeller Junior, who leased the land from Columbia University in 1928. The center was developed between the years 1929-1940, and the estimated cost of the construction was around $250 million. In the construction over 4,000 workers took part. The official inauguration of the building was in 1933.

The complex is divided into two areas: one was built in the art-deco style in the 1920's, and the other includes modern buildings from the 1960's and 1970's. The complex spreads out on 88,000 square meters and has 19 office buildings. Rockefeller Center was purchased by the Mitsubishi Corporation in the 1980's.

Originally, John Rockefeller Junior planned to make the complex an opera and cultural center, however in 1929, with the stock market crash and the big slump that followed, the plan went down the drain. Instead of the original plan, began Rockefeller to develop the land and build office and residential buildings. After the family members were convinced that their name would attract high-level residents, they decided to call the center "Rockefeller Center."

Here you will find the center for music for Radio City Music Hall, the studios of NBC, the famous Atlas Statue, and more. There are also more than 100 stores and 40 restaurants and cafes.



#The Center's Viewpoint Terrace

In 2005 the Center's viewpoint platform was re-opened, located in "The Top of the Rock." The terrace has a wonderful view, and it even competes with the view that can be seen from the Empire State Building.

The terrace opened for the first time in 1933, and was decorated in the style of a huge shop - with comfortable chairs and an air vent. In 1986 it was closed following renovations in the building, and opened about 20 years later. In the renovated balcony you can enjoy the impressive view. Today there is a protective glass layer at the height of 2.5 meters that had been installed to protect from suicide attempts, as had happened more than once in the past.

To the viewpoint, you will arrive by elevator. These elevators, by the way, have glass floors, that will provide an experience to your elevator ride. The viewpoint is made up of three floors, where the 70th floor has an open rooftop that provides a 360-degree view, at the height of 260 meters. On a clear day, you can see up to 130 kilometers away.


# Something for the road...
Here, at NBC studios, the "Seinfeld" episode was filmed where Jerry and George try to sell the management on their idea for a TV series "about nothing."
The Hollywood Museum
The Hollywood Museum
#About the Hollywood Museum

In a building painted in green and pink colors, styled in the Art Deco style, is the Hollywood Museum. Today you can see here costumes and relics from known actors. Actually, this museum houses the largest collection of Hollywood souvenirs in the world.

The museum has 4 floors, showing about 10,000 items from the cinema and TV world - parts of different sets, costumes, vintage souvenirs, photos, items, and more. For example, you can see the prison cell of Hannibal from "Silence of the Lambs," Marilyn Monroe's famous dress, Elvis's famous tux, Superman's suit, Rocky's boxing gloves, and more.

The museum displays Hollywood and its history and fame. In the past, this building was used as a factory for the makeup company Max Factor, named after Factor himself, the king of makeup, the same one who created the glowing look for most Hollywood stars. Don't forget to visit the famous makeup rooms in the museum.

In the museum are also temporary exhibits.


A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwPt7qnuq7w
Empire State Building
Empire State Building
#About the Tower that Became the Symbol of New York

The Empire State Building, a tall skyscraper in New York at the height of 443 meters, with 103 floors. It is one of the most dominant symbols of the Big Apple, and is located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. The Empire State Building was planned and built between 1929-1931 in the art-deco style, by William Lamb. It is considered by the American Society Of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

Pretty fast after the launch of the building, this building became a Hollywood star, and has starred in quite a few movies, from romantic comedies to dramas, and action movies. There is almost no cinema enthusiast that is not familiar with the image of King Kong climbing the building from 1933. This tower is a common place for marriage proposals and in general, the amazing landscape view that extended from its upper floors made it one of the city's romantic places.

In 1931 the President of the United States Herbert Hoover pressed on a button in the White House that lit the lights of the Empire State Building. This is how this incredible building was inaugurated, back then it was the tallest building in the world. As of 2016, the building is the fifth tallest building in the United States, and 29th in the world.

The building's stairs are also somewhat of an attraction, once a year an annual race takes place in New York, where hundreds of people climb the stairs from the bottom all the way to the top of the tower.

A few statistics - this building has 6,500 windows, 73 elevators, and 1,860 stairs. It weighs no less than 365,000 tons. Occasionally, for very special events, the Empire State Building is lit up in colorful and impressive colors.



#"Dare to Dream" Exhibition

To a certain extent, the story of the Empire State Building is the story of the American dream. The exhibit "Dare to Dream" that is displayed here, presents the history, the architecture and the construction of the building. There is a lot of content from the archives of the well-known skyscraper of New York. The exhibit provides a perfect experience that lets you learn about the work of the pioneering work of the architects, the builders and workers who built it. In the exhibition you will be exposed to original documents, photographs from the time period, architectural sketches, lists and financial accounting daily documents. Additionally, you can see the photos and souvenirs that belong to more than 3,400 workers that helped make history.



#The Lights of the Empire State Building

Since 1976, the Empire State Building has been an international symbol of the New York skyline. The lights that light up on the building protect the reoccurring tradition of changing the lights according to different events along the year.

In 2012, the system was further upgraded with an LED lighting system, capable of displaying 16 million colors, which can be changed instantly. Sometimes the lights are even synchronized with music broadcasts on different radio stations and this makes the building the world's largest light organ.

On Halloween, the holiday always makes its mark on the building.

The international lighting designer Mark Birkman, is the one who planned the lights and placed the LED lights, synced with the beat of the music played in the background. 100 meters of colorful lights, spectacular and festive, can be seen from almost every corner of Manhattan.

Different artists gained the right to use the lights as part of their creations: the artist Alicia Keys, Frank Sinatra, and rapper Jay Z.



#The Story About the Plane that Crashed into the Building

The Empire State Building was the tallest building in New York for many years, with the building of the Twin Towers in 1972 the Empire State Building was bumped down to second tallest. It is unnecessary to mention that after the attacks on the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001, it regained its title as the tallest building in New York for a certain time.

During World War II, from an airport in Massachusetts a plane departed that was meant land at the airport in New Jersey. The flight's purpose was to partake in the fighting, and was piloted by Captain Smith, who had been through 30 bombardments attempts on the European front.

When the plane got near New York it faced thick fog that limited visibility in the area. Captain Smith asked for permission to land in La Guardia Airport, but was told visibility was also bad there. The control tower ordered Smith to continue the flight over Manhattan keeping an altitude of 457 meters.

With that, the fog made its mark, and caused the pilot to lose his way. He began lowering the plane towards the landing in New York, while almost crashing into the GE Building, 259 meters high. In the last minute the pilot managed to avoid the disaster and moved out of the way, however, unfortunately, the pilot crashed into the tallest building in New York at the time, a building with 103 floors, the Empire State Building.

The plane hit the 79th floor of the building, and created a huge hole in the side of the building. One of the two engines of the plane went right across the building and fell about 270 meters until it hit the roof of another building and caused a fire. The second engine dropped down the elevator shaft in the building to the bottom, and other fragments scattered in the street below.

In the building a fire erupted, which the firefighters managed to put out miraculously after 40 minutes. Luckily, the foundations of the building were not damaged. The accident cost 14 lives, 3 crew members (2 pilots), and 11 people from inside the building. 26 people were injured. Until today, there is a mark of a missing stone in the building's exterior from the plane crash.

And, if not enough miracles happened in this building, one of the injured people were put into the elevator by the paramedics not knowing the elevator was damaged. The elevator fell down 75 floors - however the injured woman survived this insanity. This affair won a Guinness World Record.



#Architecture of the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is considered the cultural symbol of America and is an example of the Art-Deco architecture, that developed in France and is characterized in geometrical vertical decorations. Art-Deco is a style that began developing at the start of the 20th century and gathered speed between the years 1920-1930.

To avoid the sun's light, the building was designed in a staircase-like shape - the lower floors are wide, and as the floors go up they become thinner, until reaching the top of the building.



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/ZZrmjwwTghI



King Kong from the 1933 Movie - On the Building:

https://youtu.be/CuRQH_hLcTw

Art Deco

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
#About "the Met" Art Museum

For art enthusiasts, a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art is more than necessary. Though the full name of the museum is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, people refer to it by its nickname, the Met. It is one of the largest and most important museums in the world. It is located on 'Museum Avenue' in New York City.

The museum opened in 1872, and is on the eastern side of Central Park. In the permanent exhibits of the museum there are more than three million displays that surveys human cultures for the past 5,000 years, from the prehistoric period up to today.

In the Metropolitan Museum you will find art in many categories, classical, ancient, Asian, Oceanic, African, Islamic and modern. All this is displayed in no less than 19 huge halls, each one dedicated to a different topic.

Keep in mind that the museum is large and the visit may take time. This experience requires meticulous planning and decisions about what to give up and what to see, but if you have limited time, it is recommended to arrive at the Temple of Dendur located in the Egyptian wing. The structure was copied and presented just as it was in Egypt in 1967.

Among the recommended ones here are the European Sculpture Garden and the rooms devoted to the paintings of Vermeer and Rembrandt. The museum also offers free guided tours, which are carried by volunteers and museum staff.


#In the movies:
The Met steps featured in the TV teen drama "Gossip Girl" and in the "Ocean’s 8" Crime film.


A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://youtu.be/OTsqUNGFYlM


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/81cOWV3-xxs


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