The Empire State Building should never have been built. Constructed during the Great Depression, this icon of the New York skyline stood as the tallest building in the world for over 40 years. After September 11th, 2001 it once again became the tallest building in New York. It has withstood storms, plane crashes, and King Kong. This is its story.The Empire State Building was dreamed up during the boom years of the 1920′s. However, construction began during the Great Depression: soon after the Chrysler Building earned the title of tallest building in the world. two years later, The Empire State Building grabbed the title and didn’t let go.
It was a miracle that the building was completed. Standing 102 stories tall the building was built by men without harnesses, proper training, or any fear of heights. Hundreds of construction workers lost their lives. It was the Great Depression and the men were happy to simply have a job. Death was always a misstep away. Finances ran out on multiple occasions. After it was completed the building stood half empty for years. American ambition at its grandest.
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