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May 1, 2006, 3:33 pm
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empire-state-building.jpgThe Empire State Building turns 75-years-old today!  For two days prior to its birthday, the building's signature lights were turned off to represent the New York City skyline before it was opened in 1931.  Check out photographs of the building's construction here.

Here are some fun facts about the ESB:

– The site for the ESB was excavated on January 22, 1930; construction began March 17, 1930.  It took one year and 45 days to build and was completed ahead of schedule.

– President Herbert Hoover flipped the switch to the building's lights, officially opening it for business on May 1, 1931.

– Seven million man hours went into the construction of the building.

– The building is 1,454 feet high and has 102 floors.  The observation deck is on the 86th floor.  It was the tallest building in the world until 1954 and the tallest building in New York City until the construction of the twin towers.  After September 11, it is again the tallest building in NYC.

– The ESB has 6,500 windows, 73 elevators and 1,860 steps.

– With land, the total cost of the building was $40,948,900.  The building alone cost only $24,718,000 due to the Depression. 

– The building is struck by lightning between 100 and 200 times per year.

– 10-20,000 people visit the ESB daily; on a clear day, you can see nearly 80 miles from the 86th floor observation deck.

More facts here.

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