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Empire State Building
Empire State Building

The Empire State Building towers over the Manhattan skyline in New York City.

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When the Empire State Building opened on May 1, 1931, it was the tallest building in the world - standing at 1,250 feet tall. The Empire State Building became an icon of New York City as well as a symbol of human success in to achieving the impossible.

Located at 350 Fifth Avenue (between 33rd and 34th Streets) in New York City, the Empire State Building is a 102-story building. The height of the building to the top of its lightning rod is actually 1,454 feet.

Learn more about the incredible story of the construction of the Empire State Building from the About.com 20th Century History GuideSite.

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