Building the Empire State

Author: Carol Willis,Donald Friedman

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393730302

Category: Architecture

Page: 190

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Traces the construction of the Empire State Building, which was completed in eleven months, and presents highlights from the notebooks of the firm that built it
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Building the Empire State

Political Economy in the Early Republic

Author: Brian Phillips Murphy

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812247167

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 4112

Building the Empire State examines the origins of American capitalism by tracing how and why business corporations were first introduced into the economy of the early republic. Brian Phillips Murphy follows the collaborations between political leaders and a group of unelected political entrepreneurs, including Robert R. Livingston and Alexander Hamilton, who persuaded legislative powers to grant monopolies corporate status in order to finance and manage civic institutions. Murphy shows how American capitalism grew out of the convergence of political and economic interests, wherein political culture was shaped by business strategies and institutions as much as the reverse. Focusing on the state of New York, a onetime mercantile colony that became home to the first American banks, utilities, canals, and transportation infrastructure projects, Building the Empire State surveys the changing institutional ecology during the first five decades following the American Revolution. Through sustained attention to the Manhattan Company, the steamboat monopoly, the Erie Canal, and the New York & Erie Railroad, Murphy traces the ways entrepreneurs marshaled political and financial capital to sway legislators to support their private plans and interests. By playing a central role in the creation and regulation of institutions that facilitated private commercial transactions, New York State's political officials created formal and informal precedents for the political economy throughout the northeastern United States and toward the expanding westward frontier. The political, economic, and legal consequences organizing the marketplace in this way continue to be felt in the vast influence and privileged position held by corporations in the present day.
Posted in History

The Empire State Building

The Making of a Landmark

Author: John Tauranac

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801471095

Category: Architecture

Page: 405

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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 construction 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.
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The Empire State Building

Author: John S. Berman

Publisher: Barnes & Noble Publishing

ISBN: 9780760738894

Category: History

Page: 128

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It is the world's most famous skyscraper, a gleaming Art Deco tower of steel, concrete and marble that is the enduring symbol of New York. Conceived by Governor Alfred E. Smith, the project commenced on January 22, 1930, less than two months after the Black Tuesday stock market crash, as America entered the beginnings of the Great Depression. Along with the revealing text, a wealth of archival photographs taken before, during and after construction illustrate the mammoth undertaking. Every image pays tribute to the steelworkers, riveters, stone masons and the thousands of other unsung heroes whose fearlessness and skill enabled the tower to rise in little more than a year's time, and gave birth to a legendary icon of American vision and ingenuity.
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Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building

Author: Deborah Hopkinson

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

ISBN: 0307983218

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

View: 2377

This Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book and ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book provides a riveting brick-by-brick account of how one of the most amazing accomplishments in American architecture came to be. It’s 1930 and times are tough for Pop and his son. But look! On the corner of 34th Street and 5th Avenue, a building straight and simple as a pencil is being built in record time. Hundreds of men are leveling, shoveling, hauling. They’re hoisting 60,000 tons of steal, stacking 10 million bricks, eating lunch in the clouds. And when they cut ribbon and the crowds rush in, the boy and his father will be among the first to zoom up to the top of the tallest building in the world and see all of Manhattan spread at their feet.
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The Empire State Building

The History of New York Citys Most Iconic Landmark

Author: Charles River Charles River Editors,Charles River

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781507831601

Category: History

Page: 52

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*Includes pictures*Includes accounts of the design and construction of the building by newspapers, tourists, and those who worked on it*Includes a bibliography for further reading*Includes a table of contents“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible... Let them come to New York, stand on the shore of the Hudson, look and kneel. When I see the city from my window - no, I don't feel how small I am - but I feel that if a war came to threaten this, I would like to throw myself into space, over the city, and protect these buildings with my body.” – Ayn Rand, The FountainheadOf all the great cities in the world, few personify their country like New York City. As America's largest city and best known immigration gateway into the country, the Big Apple represents the beauty, diversity and sheer strength of the United States, a global financial center that has enticed people chasing the “American Dream” for centuries. Given that history, it's fitting that the Empire State Building is the city's most famous building, a soaring skyscraper that has been one of the tallest buildings in the world for nearly a century and the most recognizable landmark in New York. The Empire State Building was constructed using the Art Deco style, which was trendy during the era and had been used for other skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building, but that's where the comparisons end, because the Empire State Building was unprecedented in almost every aspect at the time of its creation. With a race for dizzying heights underway, ground was broken on the Empire State Building on St. Patrick's Day 1930, and the ceremony marking its completion would come just a little more than a year later. Employing thousands of workers and somehow managing only to lose 5, the gargantuan building soared to nearly 1500 feet tall before topping out.Ironically, it took awhile for the Empire State Building to attract businesses, in large measure due to the fact it was built at the height of the Great Depression, but before long it became synonymous with New York City itself. The building has generated notorious headlines, such as when a B-25 bomber crashed into the building in 1945, and it has been featured in too many movies to count, including its most famous role in King Kong (1933) just a few years after its completion. Indeed, the Empire State Building continues to be not just an instantly identifiable landmark in New York City but also a crucially valuable one that is still visited and used by thousands of people a day.The Empire State Building: The History of New York City's Most Iconic Landmark chronicles the construction and history of the Big Apple's most famous building. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Empire State Building like never before, in no time at all.
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Nearest Thing to Heaven

The Empire State Building and American Dreams

Author: Mark Kingwell

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300126129

Category: Architecture

Page: 235

View: 364

This elegantly written appreciation of the Empire State Building opens up the building’s richness and importance as an icon of America. The book leads us through the facts surrounding the skyscraper’s conception and construction, then enters into a provocative theoretical discussion of its function as an icon, its representation in pictures, literature, and film, and the implications of its iconic status as New York’s most important architectural monument to ambition and optimism. The Empire State Building literally cannot be seen in its totality, from any perspective. And paradoxically, this building of unmistakable solidity has been made invisible by familiarity and reproduction through imagery. Mark Kingwell encourages us to look beneath the strong physical presence of the building, to become aware of its evolving layers of meaning, and to see how the building lives within a unique imaginative space in the landscape of the American consciousness. He offers new ways of understanding the Empire State Building in all its complexity and surprising insights into its special role as an American icon.
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Thirteen Months to Go

The Creation of the Empire State Building

Author: Geraldine B. Wagner

Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (CA)

ISBN: 9781592231058

Category: Architecture

Page: 159

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The Empire State Building, a construction fear that to this day invokes awe and wonder, began as a contest between two industrial moguls who croved 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 on amazing story of fortitude and ambition.
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Empire State Building

Author: Elizabeth Mann,Alan Witschonke

Publisher: Mikaya Press

ISBN: 1931414068

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

View: 4286

Discusses the history, design, and construction of New York City's Empire State Building.
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

The Empire State Building

Author: Lewis Wickes Hine,Freddy Langer

Publisher: Prestel Pub

ISBN: 9783791324913

Category: Photography

Page: 103

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Lewis W. Hine's famous photographs document the construction of the empire State Building, the world's tallest building at the time. In the brilliant black-and-white photographs collected in this volume, Hine pays tribute to the human spirit by dramatically contrasting the workers with the mammoth scale of the structure. Thousands of construction workers, electricians, and other technicians risked their lives to ensure that the skyscrapers rose to its now legendary height. Hine's genius lay in observing these men at work, and creating a photo-journalistic record of their daring and perseverance. Hine's photos also give us a surprising glimpse into blue collar America in the 1930s when jobs were scarce and morale was at rock bottom. The faces of the men swinging from cables, dangling from beams, and relaxing on the Empire State's unfinished steel peaks convey anything but despair.
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The Empire State Building

Author: Lisa Bullard

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 0761388877

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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People come from all over the world to see the Empire State Building. Just how many floors does this tall skyscraper have? And how long did it take workers to create this amazing building? Read this book to find out!
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Building the Empire State Building

Author: Laura L. Sullivan

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1502629593

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 3994

Built during the Great Depression, the 102-story skyscraper was then the tallest structure in the world. Readers learn about the problems that were overcome in designing such a massive building, the steel that supported it, and about the teams of riveters who assembled it under harrowing conditions.
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Where Is the Empire State Building?

Author: Janet Pascal

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698412176

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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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.
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A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City

Author: Neal Bascomb

Publisher: Broadway

ISBN: 0767912683

Category: Architecture

Page: 360

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A history of the competitive construction of The Chrysler Building, the Manhattan Company Building, and the Empire State Building describes the fierce rivalries of their architects and the individuals who supported or thwarted their efforts, including Al Smith and Franklin Roosevelt. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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The Empire State Building

Author: Ronald A. Reis

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438119372

Category: Electronic books

Page: 142

View: 5166

It was to be a structure like no other: the largest and tallest skyscraper in the world. Initial plans for the Empire State Building called for an Art Deco masterwork to rise 1,000 feet, with 80 stories of rental space. The high-rise was to completely fill the 84,000-square-foot site of the former Waldorf-Astoria, then New Yorks most opulent hotel. Hopes were high that the Empire State Building would accelerate Midtown Manhattans stride toward commercial prominence, pulling more business uptown. Built in the early years of the Great Depression, during which one out of four New Yorkers was out of work, the Empire State Buildings construction was thought by many to be a foolish undertaking. Yet, it was completed under budget and ahead of schedule, and the commercial colossus has stood through good times and bad as a symbol of daring, beauty, and American invention.
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The Empire State Building

Author: Gini Holland

Publisher: Heinemann/Raintree

ISBN: 9780817249199

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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Chronicles the building of the world famous skyscraper, describes its occupants, and explores its popularity in films.
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Author: David Macaulay

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 054734841X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 1735

This fictional account of the dismantling and removal of the Empire State Building describes the structure of a skyscraper and explains how such an edifice would be demolished.
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Empire State

Author: Adam Christopher

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 0857661949

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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THE EMPIRE STATE IS THE OTHER NEW YORK. A parallel-universe, Prohibition-era world of mooks and shamuses that is the twisted magic mirror to our bustling Big Apple, a place where sinister characters lurk around every corner while the great superheroes that once kept the streets safe have fallen into dysfunctional rivalries and feuds. Not that its colourful residents know anything about the real New York… until detective Rad Bradley makes a discovery that will change the lives of all its inhabitants. Playing on the classic Gotham conventions of the Batman comics and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, debut author Adam Christopher has spun this smart and fast-paced superhero-noir adventure, the sort of souped-up thrill ride that will excite genre fans and general readers alike. File Under: Science Fiction [ Pocket Universe | Heroes or Villains | Speak Easy | Loyalties Divided ] e-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-194-4 From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Building the Empire State Building

An Interactive Engineering Adventure

Author: Allison Lassieur

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1491404000

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 3597

"Explores various perspectives on the process of building the Empire State Building. The reader's choices reveal the historical details"--
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A Tale of Obsession, Betrayal, and the Battle for an American Icon

Author: Mitchell Pacelle

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780471238652

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 344

View: 8124

Chronicles the battle for the Empire State Building between Japanese businessman Hideki Yokoi; his daughter Kiiko Nakahara and her husband Jean-Paul Renoir; real estate kingpins Harry and Leona Helmsley; and Donald Trump.
Posted in Business & Economics