Hidden above its 102nd floor, the Empire State Building has a historical secret – a blimp parking spot. In the late 1920s, as Germany was ramping up dirigible technology, and the Empire State Building was being put together beam by beam, Alfred Smith, former New York City mayor and head of the group constructing the tower, proposed a grandiose plan to create the Empire State Building mast, a 200-foot addition that would make the Empire State the largest building in the world. Unfortunately, blimps and the Empire State Building just don't mix – and blimp parking spots half a mile in the air are not only terrifying but also exceedingly hazardous.
The Empire State Building mast only ever saw three minutes of genuine connection with a blimp before the project was skipped over and forgotten. A few short years later, dirigibles fell out of favor thanks to highly publicized accidents like the Hindenburg disaster and the fact that fossil fuels made airplane travel faster, safer, and cheaper. Today, the floating aircrafts are reserved for advertising and sporting events rather than public transportation, but the Empire State's blimp dock remains a weird blip in New York City's strange and exciting architectural history.
People Were Kind Of Having A Love Affair With Zeppelins Before The Empire State Dock Was Proposed
Zeppelins Were Considered The Future Of Luxury Travel In The 1930s
In 1929, Investors Announced The Height Of The Empire State Building Would Be Increased By 200 Feet
Dr. Hugo Eckener, Commander Of The Graf Zeppelin, Said The Project Was Not Practical
The Dock Was (And Still Is) A Floor Above The 102nd Floor Observatory
The Docking Station Was Said To Be A Ploy To Make The Empire State The Tallest Building In The World