In 2099 the Empire State Building was surrounded by huge star-scrapers which soared miles in to the air. The perp Whitey and his accomplices were holed up in the building until Judge Dredd judged them.
Here is what Judge Dredd: The board game has to say about it:
This one-time symbol of New York in the early twentieth century, now stands in the shadows of Mega-City's new starscrapers. Until recently, the abandoned derelict building was used as a refuge by perps on the run. Now, although still derelict, it has been opened to the public and is worth a visit as the tour includes a reconstruction of Judge Dredd's famous battle with the Whitey Gang which took place there..
Behind the Scenes
The Empire State Building is a real-world building in New York City.
In the RPG scenario "State of Empire" for Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD tabletop RPG, the players gets a mission to clean out the building from gangs after the Judge Whitey incident.