7. There are Wind Tunnels and a River Below the Basement
A fascinating secret is that below the basement level of the Empire State Building are wind tunnels.! “They were meant to and still recycle plain air into the lower level,” explains Siobhan. Sometimes water gets into the wind tunnels but Siobhan says, they aren’t from what people sometimes think it’s from….
Even further below the wind tunnels is a river that runs below the Empire State Building, “very, very deep down,” says Siobhan. It’s one of the city’s many buried streams and rivers, moved underground for the onward march of development.