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Empire State Building


Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is currently the tallest building in New York. It is also, currently, the 2nd tallest building in the United States. It was the tallest building in the world from 1931 until 1972.

The Empire State Building is open to the public. There is a public outdoor observatory on the 86th floor, and an observation deck on the 102nd floor.



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The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark

By John Tauranac

Cornell University Press
Paperback (408 pages)

The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark
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The Empire State Building is the landmark book on one of the world’s most notable landmarks. Since its publication in 1995, John Tauranac’s book, focused on the inception and creation of the building, has stood as the most comprehensive account of the structure. Moreover, it is far more than a work in architectural history; Tauranac tells a larger story of the politics of urban development in and through the interwar years. In a new epilogue to the Cornell edition, Tauranac highlights the continuing resonance and influence of the Empire State Building in the rapidly changing post-9/11 cityscape.

Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building

By Deborah Hopkinson

Dragonfly Books
Released: 2012-01-10
Paperback (48 pages)

Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building
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The unbeatable team of Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome present a riveting brick-by-brick account of how one of the most amazing accomplishments in American architecture came to be. Join a young boy as he watches the Empire State Building being constructed from scratch, then travels to the top to look down on all of New York City in 1931. Hopkinson, a master of historical fiction, and Ransome, an award-winning illustrator, dazzle us with this ALA Notable and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book.

Where Is the Empire State Building?

By Janet B. Pascal

Grosset Dunlap
Released: 2015-05-19
Paperback (112 pages)

Where Is the Empire State Building?
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New York City boasts one of the most famous skylines in the world, and the Empire State Building is undeniably the focal point of this incredible view. At 102 stories, the structure was no small feat. In fact, its construction coincided with the onset of the Great Depression, and so progress was met with numerous setbacks. Still, because of the efficiency that went into the building's development, it only took a year and forty-five days to complete! In this informative, easy-to-read account, Janet B. Pascal describes the rise of skyscrapers in the United States, the intricacies of the groundbreaking construction process, and the effect the iconic Empire State Building continues to have today.

Empire State Building: When New York Reached for the Skies (Wonders of the World Book)

By Elizabeth Mann

Mikaya Press
Paperback (48 pages)

Empire State Building: When New York Reached for the Skies (Wonders of the World Book)
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From start to finish, Mann tracks the wonders of architecture, engineering, and construction that went into the creation of the tallest building in the world for the time. Fascinating profiles describe the individuals who dreamed of and built this architectural marvel. Archival photographs recreate the heady world of the steelworkers out on the girders, high above the city streets.

Wonders of the World series

The winner of numerous awards, this series is renowned for Elizabeth Mann's ability to convey adventure and excitement while revealing technical information in engaging and easily understood language. The illustrations are lavishly realistic and accurate in detail but do not ignore the human element. Outstanding in the genre, these books are sure to bring even the most indifferent young reader into the worlds of history, geography, and architecture.

"One of the ten best non-fiction series for young readers."
- Booklist

Building the Empire State

Willis, Carol (EDT)/ Willis, Carol (CON)/ Friedman, Donald (CON)
Paperback (192 pages)

Building the Empire State
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A rediscovered 1930s notebook charts the construction of the Empire State Building.

The construction of the Empire State Building was orchestrated by general contractors Starrett Brothers and Eken, premier "skyline builders" of the 1920s. They scheduled the delivery of materials and the construction and recorded daily the number of workers by trade. Compiled from these records, an in-house notebook documented the construction process. Meticulously typed on graph paper and illustrated with construction photographs, this unique document combines a professional specificity of detail with a charming rhapsody to the firm's crowning achievement.Constructed in eleven months, the 1250-foot Empire State Building, the world's tallest skyscraper from 1931 to 1971, was a marvel of modern engineering. The frame rose more than a story a day; no comparable building since has matched that rate of ascent.

Thirteen Months to Go: The Creation of the Empire State Building

By Geraldine B. Wagner

Brand: Thunder Bay Press (CA)
Hardcover (160 pages)

Thirteen Months to Go: The Creation of the Empire State Building
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The Empire State Building, a construction feat that to this day invokes awe and wonder, began as a contest between two industrial moguls who craved the status of constructing the tallest building in the world. The building was the center of a "race to the skies" competition between Walter Chrysler, of the Chrysler Corporation, and John Jakob Raskob, creator of General Motors, and coincided with the onset of one of the worst economic downturns in American history — the Great Depression. Thirteen Months to Go encompasses the optimism and potential of 1920s New York. It is a wonderful tribute to the perseverance of New Yorkers and an amazing story of fortitude and ambition. 150 photographs are featured.

Building the Empire State Building: An Interactive Engineering Adventure (You Choose: Engineering Marvels)

By Allison Lassieur

Capstone Press
Paperback (112 pages)

Building the Empire State Building: An Interactive Engineering Adventure (You Choose: Engineering Marvels)
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The Roaring 20s are in high gear, and so is skyscraper fever in New York City. People are fascinated by the plans to build the Empire State Building the worlds tallest building yet. Will you: Be an eager young assistant at the architecture firm Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, the firm designing the Empire State Building? Join the project as a construction worker high atop the building as it rises above the city? Work as a water boy who carries water to the thirsty construction workers on the project? Experience situations taken from real life. YOU CHOOSE what you'll do next. The choices you make will either lead you and the project to success or to failure.

A B-25 Bomber Crashes Into The Empire State Building: July 28, 1945

By Robert Grey Reynolds Jr.

Released: 2017-03-12
Kindle Edition (21 pages)

A B-25 Bomber Crashes Into The Empire State Building: July 28, 1945
 
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On the morning of July 28, 1945 a B-25D Mitchell Bomber careened into the south side of the Empire State Building in Manhattan. The pilot was a decorated World War II veteran of multiple missions in Europe. Lost in a dense fog the twin-engine aircraft plunged into the giant edifice between its 78th and 80th floors. If the disaster hadn't occurred on a Saturday morning it would have been much worse, in terms of lives lost and property damage.

Empire, State & Building

By Kiel Moe

Actar
Paperback (300 pages)

Empire, State & Building
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This book considers the material basis of building as a key impetus of both urbanization and the energetics of urban life. The otherwise externalized material geographies and thermodynamics of building’s material basis reveal much about the dynamics and efficacy of how we build. This book plots the material history and geography for one plot of land in Manhattan―the parcel of land under the Empire State Building―over the past two hundred years. Through rich illustrations, it tracks all the building material that have passed through this parcel or remain in its geographic and ecological dynamics: spatially (in terms of their geographic material footprints and industrial processes) and quantitatively (in terms of embodied energy, embodied carbon, and emergy flow). In successive chapters, the book articulates the empire and states that are inherent to building, but remain unconsidered―abstract and unknown―by architects.

The Empire State Building (Lightning Bolt Books ® _ Famous Places)

By Lisa Bullard

LernerClassroom
Released: 2009-08-01
Paperback (32 pages)

The Empire State Building (Lightning Bolt Books ® _ Famous Places)
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People come from all over the world to see the Empire State Building. You can see all of New York City from the top of this tall skyscraper! Just how many floors does the Empire State Building have? And how long did it take workers to create this amazing structure? Read this book to find out! Learn about many remarkable sites in the Famous Places series - part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction topics to life!



 
 
 

 
 
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