Today in History: Skyscraping Edition

Lest the day slip completely away from me � and so as to keep my newfound “TIH” autodidacticism intact � I point to today’s edition remembering the day in 1931 when the lights first went on at that famous magnet for oversized apes, the Empire State Building.

I’ve only been to the top once, but it is every bit as awe-inspiring as movies like “An Affair to Remember” and its more recent progeny, such as “Sleepless in Seattle,” make it out to be. (But unlike Central Park, I don’t have of my own photos handy.)


  1. michael wilson
    July 10, 2007 at 8:59 am

    Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York, NY on the intersection of 5th Ave and W 34th Street. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York. It stood as the world’s tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until the construction of the World Trade Center North Tower in 1972, and is now once again the tallest building in New York after the destruction of the World Trade Center in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

    The Empire State Building has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. On June 24, 1986 it was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

  2. Ephena
    March 9, 2008 at 3:15 am

    As for movies, don’t forget King Kong. In it’s day that was a good one. The empire state building is a landmark not just for New York, but for the country in general

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