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?
The First Film. Though disputed by historians who claim that a functional Lumière camera did not exist before the end of 1894, the Lumière brothers, widely regarded as the inventors of cinema, claimed to have shot their first films in August, 1894. Seven months later, in March, 1895 in Paris, they presented what was probably the world’s first screening of a film in front of a large audience. Ironically, the main purpose of their presentation was to showcase exciting research on colour photography, but the brothers were surprised at how fixated the audience was with the moving black and white images also on display !