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Sitting on the corner of 34th and 5th streets on about two acres of land sits one of mans greatest engineering feats the granddaddy of all modern skyscrapers the Empire State building Standing 1453 feet tall and having 102 stories above the ground is the 102nd observatory which gives us one of the most breath taking views in the world As I was standing there I couldnt help from being over whelmed by the fact that the building that I was standing in was over three times as old as me The Empire State Building has become an icon for New York When some one says New York the first thing that I think of is the Empire State Building one of the most beautiful buildings in the world In 1955 the Empire State Building was named one of the Seven modern Wonders of the western hemisphere It also became the eighth wonder of the modern world New York City Insider Excavation began on Jan 22 1930 of this building designed by Architects from Shreve Lamb Harmon Associates They started construction on March 17 1930 They set a fast pace for constructing this building they were going up 45 stories a week thats flying Empire State Building facts page When I look back on this building I cant believe how they got this thing up so fast The tools that they had back in the 30s arent even in the same ballpark as the tools that we have today and yet it stands still today as one of the worlds tallest buildings If you were to ask me back then how high we would be by the year 2000 I would have probably said at least 250 stories and yet we arent anywhere near that mark The Empire State Building was completed in 410 days this was including Sundays and holidays in all it took about 7000000 man-hours to build this massive building
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