On Top of the World
December 1975: The Observation
Deck opens to the public. In less than a year, it is visited by one
Windows on the World restaurant, designed by Warren Platner, opens
and becomes one of the highest-grossing restaurants in the world.
December 1976: The Jeff Bridges-Jessica
Lange remake of King Kong is released. In this version, the
ape scurries up one of the Twin Towers rather than the Empire State
Building. The movie poster depicts Kong standing atop the Trade Center
with one foot on each tower.
May 1977: Toy maker George Willig climbs up the side of
one of the towers. Authorities are waiting at the top and arrest
him when he finishes the climb, which takes more than three hours.
The ascent is broadcast on newscasts worldwide.