In the waning days of World War II, Lieutenant Colonel William F. Smith, an Army Air Force pilot, was flying his B-25 bomber from Bedford, Massachusets to Newark, New Jersey. Smith had just visited his wife in Bedford when he was returning to Newark in the unarmed bomber. Visibility in Manhattan was poor that morning of July 28, 1945, with the fog level around the 80th floor. Flying over Manhattan that morning, Smith found himself dodging the tops of syscrapers when he came up to the Empire State Building at 200 miles an hour---and slammed into it. Tearing an 18x20 foot hole in the 79th floor, the airplane’s gas tanks exploded in flames that scorched those inside the building. Besides the instant deaths of the pilot and his 2-man crew, 11 people at work in their offices were killed and 5 injured. Windows shattered all the way to the ground level, sending a rain of glass and debris to the street. One of the airplane’s prop engines cut an elevator cable and sent the elevator plunging 1000 feet (the operator survived), while the other engine ripped through the building to come out the other side and fall through the roof of an artist’s studio. All in all, a hell of a bout for the Empire State Building, which took the crash in stride. (Courtesy by leblog)
The Empire State Building New York Picture
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Who Designed the Empire State Building : Who Designed the Empire State Building? The building is located on No 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York. The structure was designed by the architectural firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon and they had used the Art Deco style as their inspiration for the building.
The building had 102 floors and the name of the building came from the nickname of the city itself. The building stood as the world’s tallest building from its completion in 1931 until the completion of Sears Tower in 1972. After the destruction of the World Trade Center in September 11, 2001, the building again became the tallest building in the city and the state. The building cost $40,948,900 in 1930 prices.
The building is noted for its use in many popular culture media, such as the film “King Kong” which featured the giant ape being bombarded by biplanes atop the building and eventually falls to its death. It is also featured in the movie “Love Affair” which is lover’s agreement to meet at the observation deck of the building to be hampered by a car accident. This has also spawned comparisons in “Sleepless in Seattle” and the remake “An Affair to Remember”. Courtesy By woodenspears
> The Empire State Building Information : 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10118, 212-736-3100,Written by Scott Messmore.
Even the name conjures images of the Big Apple with its Art Deco look and 200-foot tall radio antenna that Hollywood's King Kong held onto with one hand and Fay Ray with the other. Visitors to New York City will see some of the best views of downtown Manhattan, plus well into Connecticut and neighboring boroughs from the 102nd- and 86th-floor observatories. Everything about the Empire State Building, like New York City itself, is larger than life. Construction began during the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s with Top of Empire State Building at NightNew York Governor Alfred E. Smith laying the cornerstone.
> Empire State Building Has 6,000 Windows :
Completed in a year and 45 days, the Empire State Building is 1,250 feet tall with 102 stories. Built as a contest between General Motors founder John J. Raskob and Chrysler leader Walter Chrysler, the Empire State Building is supported by 60,000 tons of steel, has more than 6,000 windows and more than 500,000 square feet of marble and Indiana limestone encase one of the world's most famous skyscrapers. The base of the building alone is five stories above the city streets. The interior lobby is three floors high.
> Great Views of New York From the Empire State Building :
The Empire State Building has been the location of dozens of movies, the reception site of foreign dignitaries and even had a World War II bomber crash into the 79th floor in 1945. Millions of tourists and New Yorkers take in the views of Manhattan and beyond by making the trek to Top of Empire State Building at Night in the Fogone of the Empire State Building's two high-flying observatories.
> Best Views of the City :
Visitors can take one of the Empire State Building's high speed elevator to either the 86th-floor observatory or all the way to the top to the 102nd-floor observatory. To see the New York City skyline in airconditioned comfort, visitors should hop off the elevator on the 86th floor. High-powered binoculars will bring the city a little closer for a 360 degree look below. If the weather and wind is favorable, the truly adventurous can rise another 16 stories to the 102nd-floor observatory. Bring your camera and leave your hat behind for even more spectacular views from 1,250 feet above Manhattan. The 86th-floor observatory is open every day of the year from 9:30 a.m. to midnight, with the final tickets being sold at 11:25 p.m. The 102nd-floor observatory can often be closed to high traffic or severe weather. Visitors who want to Top of Empire State Building at Night in the Fogtake the trip to the top should call in advance or check with visitor information in the lobby. To visit the observatories it's $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, 62 and over, $10 for children 12 to 17, and $5 for children 6 to 11. Tickets are available at the Empire State Building in the concourse just below the ground floor. For more ticket information call 212-736-3100.
> Location :
The Empire State Building located at Fifth Avenue at 34th Street in Manhattan. Taxi's and the subway are most likely the simplest methods of getting to the Empire State Building. Visitors can walk to the Empire State Building from either Grand Central Station or Pennsylvania subway stops. Courtesy by The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building Newyork at the time of Construction
The Empire State Building Newyork in the night
The Empire State Building Newyork Picture in the night
> Construction Information :
Architects: Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Associates.
Builders: Starrett Brothers & Eken, Inc.
Height: 1,472 feet (448 meters) to top of antennae. 1,250 feet (391 meters) to 102nd floor observatory. 1,050 feet (320 meters) to 86th floor observatory.
Volume: 37 million cubic feet.
Area of Site: 83,860 square feet.
Cost including land: $40,948,900.
Cost of building alone: $24,718,000 (expected cost of $50 million
did not materialize due to the Great Depression)
Excavation: Begun January 22, 1930, before demolition of old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel completed.
Construction: Begun March 17, 1930. Framework rose at the rate of 4.5 stories per week.
Cornerstone: Laid by Alfred E. Smith, former governor of New York, September 17, 1930.
Masonry completed: November 13, 1930.
Official opening: May 1, 1931, by President Herbert Hoover, who pressed a button in Washington, D.C. to turn on the building's lights.
Total time: 7 million man hours, 1 year and 45 days work, including Sundays and holidays.
Work Force: 3,400 during peak periods.
Exterior: Indiana limestone and granite, trimmed with aluminum and chrome-nickel steel from the 6th floor to the top.
Interior lobby: Ceiling high marble, imported from France, Italy, Belgium and Germany.