The Empire State Building is the tallest building in New York, and one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Its 102 stories were completed in 1931, and it stood as the world’s tallest building for forty years. It is used for offices but is also a tourist attraction, with an observation deck on the 86th floor, and has made numerous film appearances, some of the most notable of which are King Kong and Sleepless in Seattle.
The Empire State Building in fact glowed blue in 1995 on the evening of Frank Sinatra’s 80th birthday as well as the evening of his death in 1998, in tribute to his nickname ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’. Different colours are used to light the building for different celebrations, notable events and sports matches, as Changez describes in the book, but on ordinary evenings it is lit with plain white lighting.