“However, he was not much of a competent terrorist: in 2003 he researched the feasibility of bringing down the Brooklyn Bridge by using a blowtorch to cut through its cables, an enterprise akin to demolishing the Empire State Building with a firecracker.”
“Gavin was given a small, windowless office on the twenty-ninth floor of the Empire State Building.”
“Chanting, praying, running through grueling eight-hour days with time out only for eating a grapefruit, former Moonie Barbara Underwood confesses she wanted to make “millions of dollars” to purchase and maintain hotels, resorts, palatial residences from Chicago to New Orleans, training and living centers, college campuses, yachts, and even the Empire State and Pan Am buildings.”
“When the Chrysler Building was built, it was vilified by most architecture critics as gaudy and commercialized, and during the Depression, the half-leased Empire State Building was ridiculed as the “Empty State.””
“Sometimes, when my Indonesian friends came to our house, I would show them books of photographs, of Disneyland or the Empire State Building, that my grandmother had sent me; sometimes we would thumb through the Sears Roebuck catalog and marvel at the treasures on display.”
“We swung through the village with more majesty and clatter than the Empire State Express ever assumed, stopping just an instant at the post-office for a bag of mail that the brick-dusty driver caught with his feet, and then away we went.”
“Martin yearned to get back to the laptop, and Lorraine clearly had phone calls to make—Martin knew the look—but instead they watched a public-television documentary on the history of the Empire State Building, even sitting still through the semi-annual fundraising supplications.”
“Gene Kelly did one of his overblown ballets, Frank Sinatra and Betty Garrett danced a tango with an Empire State Building telescope, and Ann Miller, in an even more low-cut dress, showed up, and then Vera-Ellen.”
“Midshipman J. P. Farrell at the helm of the training ship Empire State while serving as a cadet in the U.S. Maritime Administration.”
“Also, an act to incorporate an Insurance company in the city of Macon, to be called the Empire State Insurance company.”
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