After the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building is probably the most well-known icon of New York City. It was completed in 1931 as the tallest building (381 m or 1,250 ft.) in the world with 102 floors, a title it kept for 41 years. Today, it is still the tallest building in New York after the destruction of the World Trade Center (417 m or 1,368 ft.). Strangely enough, the Empire State Building has also been hit by a plane. In 1945, a small US B-25 bomber flew into the 79th floor by accident, killing 11 office workers along with the plane's three crew members. Luckily, the building kept standing, so we today can enjoy the magnificent views of New York from the outside observation deck right at the top.