Empire State Building

The site of New York's iconic skyscraper, on Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, was previously the house of Mrs Astor, and subsequently the first Waldorf Astoria Hotel. An account of the domestic drama that caused Mrs Astor to leave her house is given in the 'Ellis Island' chapter of New York. The story of the construction of the Empire State Building is in the 'Empire State' chapter.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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