An inflatable King Kong hanging from the Empire State Building’s mooring mast in 1983 (credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)
The Empire State Buildings mooring mast, worn by time and King Kong attacks, is getting a makeover.
All 480 windows in the 200-foot mast, above the iconic tower’s observation deck, are being swapped out, in one of the last stages of the buildings’ renovation.
Workers prepare their gear in the hours before the observation deck’s 2 a.m. closing time. They work from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m., assuming winds stay below 25 miles an hour. They replace about eight panels per night. [more]