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?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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