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- proper n. A skyscraper in New York City, the tallest in the world in 1931–72.
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- n. a skyscraper built in New York City in 1931; 1250 feet tall
WALKING UP AND DOWN the platform alongside the train in the Pennsylvania Station, having wiped the sweat from my brow, I lit a cigarette with the feeling that after it had calmed my nerves a little I would be prepared to submit bids for a contract to move the Pyramid of Cheops from Egypt to the top of the Empire State Building with my bare hands, in a swimming-suit; after what I had just gone through.
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.
A woman stepping off the Empire State Building would fall for almost fourteen seconds before hitting the street.
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.”
They must be the most famous seventeen blocks of the world, and beyond them even farther down the length of that astonishing street, the unbelievable height of the Empire State Building at Thirty-fourth Street, if the air should happen to be miraculously clear enough to see it.
When Colvin was a boy in the 1950's, he saw a photograph in the "old" National Enquirer of a woman who had jumped off the Empire State Building and landed on the roof of a car.
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.