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Empire State Building dedicated

By @ 05/01/11 in May

empirestateMay 1, 1931

In a heated race with Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation, John Jakob Raskob of General Motors was challenged to build the tallest skyscraper in New York City during the Great Depression.  Raskob’s project was met with great success, as the Empire State Building was finished, astonishingly, in just over a year.  And though it didn’t beat the completion of the Chrysler Building, it surpassed it in height and towered over the city in 102 stories and 1,250 feet.  Its construction was both a marvel and a source of pride for New Yorkers: done under budget, erecting the Empire State Building still put jobs in the hands of thousands of unemployed workers per day, with excellent pay compensation.  For 40 years, even despite a giant gorilla attack, the Empire State Building stood as the tallest building in the world.

The Empire State Building is a New York City landmark.  Why do you think that is?  What is the meaning of “landmark?”