The Empire State Building Airship Mooring

Having grown up within a shadow’s fall of the New York City Skyline, I have always admired the beauty of the Empire State Building. Despite being once the tallest building and man-made structure in the world, and still being the most famous of them all, the Empire State Building still holds a few secrets. My favorite is its airship mooring.


Postcard from Walker Evans Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC

According to, “The observation tower at the top of the Empire State Building was originally intended to be a dock for mooring airships. However, after several futile attempts at mooring a zeppelin in the strong winds present at 1250 feet, the idea was scrapped.”


Article from Modern Mechanics, August 1930

For more information about the current state of the Empire State Building’s Airship  Mooring visit the official site.

2 comments to The Empire State Building Airship Mooring

  • John C.

    At the bottom of your post it states, “For more information about the Empire State Building’s Airship Mooring and why it was never followed through, visit the official site.” However, upon going to the official site, there is nothing about airships or airship mooring on their site.

  • Joe A. Melendez


    It seems that the website has changed since I made this post. The only thing that remains on that site about the mooring mast, is about its current use as a communications tower. Which I linked to and rephrased in the link you mentioned. I can’t seem to find anything with anymore substantial information except for this:

    I really wish I would have saved the information that the old Empire State Building site had.