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?
Lost Island. About 1,000 feet south of the Rockaway shores, off the coast of Queens in New York City, a one mile long island which I make mention of in NEW YORK – called Hog Island - had by the late nineteenth century became a favourite getaway “back room business” gathering spot for some of the city’s most powerful Tamany Hall politicians, and even attracted beach resort businesses and developers. But following the infamous Hurricane of 1893, which made landfall in New York City in August of that year, the island all but disappeared under the sea, and was lost entirely by 1902. Almost a century later, following two particularly devastating storms, hundreds of artifacts from the late nineteenth century washed up on the shores of southern Long Island, believed to have come from Hog Island.




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