Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

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Happy birthday!

Happy 75th birthday to the Empire State Building, which opened on May 1st, 1931, when President Hoover pressed a button in Washington, D.C. to remotely turn on the building's lights.

It was built in just over a year at the height of the Depression with a steel and aluminum skeleton, and a skin of granite and limestone. It's been climbed by a giant gorilla and even by Rodan, hit by a B-25 bomber, and struck by lightning countless times, and it's once again the tallest building in New York.

Haven't been there in too long, other than walking past once in a while. I'll have to visit sometime during her 75th year!

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