It was built by John Jakob Raskob of General Motors, and was the result of his competition with Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation to see who could erect the taller building. Standing
1,250 feet high from ground to roof, it surpassed the 1,046-foot Chrysler Building as the world's tallest skyscraper. In fact, the Empire State Building held the "world's tallest" title for 40 years, until it was outdone by the World Trade Center in 1972.
It's cool to be "first", "best", or "#1", but sometimes, it is just awesome being classic, popular, and loved.