The Empire State Building (left), at 5th Avenue and 34th Street opened in 1931 on the site of the original Waldorf Hotel. It is nearly a quarter of a mile high at 1,250 feet (It is 1472 feet to the top of the television transmitter).
The Chrysler Building (right), at Lexington and 42nd Street was built in 1930. It has 77 floors and it is 1,045 feet high. At the time it was built, it was the tallest building and it was flat on top. In the race to be the tallest building, the art deco crown was added at a later date.