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Empire State Building

(Encyclopedia) Empire State Building, in central Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Ave. between 33d St. and 34th St. It was designed by the firm of Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon and built in 1930–31. For…

B-25 Hits the Empire State Building

The Question: I don't ever recall hearing that a U.S. B-52 airplane struck the Empire State Building. Can you point me to an article regarding who, what, why, when and where…

Starrett, Paul

(Encyclopedia) Starrett, Paul str´t, 1866–1957, American builder, b. Lawrence, Kans. After serving (1903–22) as president of the George A. Fuller Company in Chicago, he opened and headed the…

Fifth Avenue

(Encyclopedia) Fifth Avenue, famous north-south street of the borough of Manhattan, New York City. It begins at Washington Square and ends at the Harlem River. Between 34th and 59th streets, Fifth…

Bedford

(Encyclopedia) Bedford. 1 City (1990 pop. 13,817), seat of Lawrence co., S Ind.; inc. 1889. Bedford limestone, quarried there and shipped all over the world, was used in the construction of the…

Chrysler Building

(Encyclopedia) Chrysler Building, in midtown Manhattan, New York City, at Lexington Ave. between 42d and 43d St. The ultimate art deco-style skyscraper, it was commissioned by Walter P. Chrysler,…

Fun Facts About Skyscrapers

From the father of the skyscraper to a building with a view by Karen Barss The Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France The Empire State Building, in New York City The Sears Tower, in…

Hine, Lewis

(Encyclopedia) Hine, Lewis (Lewis Wickes Hine), 1874–1940, American photographer, b. Oshkosh, Wis. Hine dedicated much of his photographic career, which began shortly after he bought his first camera…

Penny Drop

The Question: Is it true that if you dropped a penny off the Empire State Building and it hit somebody it could kill him? The Answer: It's a…

Landmarks of New York City

by Mark D. Hughes photos by Carol M. Highsmith The City of New York is the largest city in the United States, and home to many of the country's most famous and…