THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
Did you know that the person who built the Empire State Building, John Jacob Rascob, built the Empire State Building so tall because he was competing with other entrepreneurs to construct the tallest skyscraper in the world.
About the Empire State Building
Construction started in 1929 and it was opened to the people May 1, 1931. It has 102 floors and is the 22nd tallest building in the world, standing at 1,454 feet tall. It has a lightning rod that gets hit about 23 times each year. While in construction it rose about 4 1/2 stories per week. The Empire State Building was the worlds tallest building for about 41 years. The owners got the building for very cheap because they bought it in the Great Depression.
Inside The Building
The Empire State Building is mostly a buisness building with approximately 200,000 employees. There are about 2,800 investers. The Empire State Building is so big that it has its own zip code, 10118. It is located in Manhattan, New York between 34th street and 5th avenue.
July 28, 1945
On July 28, 1945 a B-25 (airplane) crashed into the 34th street side of the Empire State Building. Between the 78th and 80th floors. 14 people died including the piolet. The piolets name was William Smith Jr. He was headed from Bedford Army Air field to Newark Airport. He crashed into the Empire State Building because it was foggy and he had no visibility.
A New York Icon
The Empire State Building became the symbol of 20th century man's attempt's to achieve the impossible.The Empire State Building was one of the major tourist attraction with 2 million a year. The 102 story building has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. As people say the New York horizon just wouldn't be the same without it.