The Empire State Building

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The Empire State Building

5th Avenue & 34th Street, NYC

by navema
www.navemastudios.com

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center’s North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York (although it was no longer the tallest in the US or the world). The Empire State Building was once again demoted to second-tallest building in New York on April 30, 2012, when the new One World Trade Center reached a greater height. The Empire State Building is currently the third-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States (after the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago), and the 22nd-tallest in the world (the tallest now is Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai). It is also the fourth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.

The site of the Empire State Building was first developed as the John Thompson Farm in the late 18th century. At the time, a stream ran across the site, emptying into Sunfish Pond, located a block away. Beginning in the late 19th century, the block was occupied by the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, frequented by The Four Hundred, the social elite of New York.
The limestone for the Empire State Building came from the Empire Mill in Sanders, Indiana which is an unincorporated town adjacent to Bloomington, Indiana. The Empire Mill Land office is near State Road 37 and Old State Road 37 just south of Bloomington. Bloomington, Bedford and Oolitic area are known as the limestone capital of the world. It is a point of local pride that the stone for the Empire State building came from there.

The Empire State Building was designed by William F. Lamb from the architectural firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, which produced the building drawings in just two weeks, using its earlier designs for the Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the Carew Tower in Cincinnati, Ohio (designed by the architectural firm W. W. Ahlschlager & Associates) as a basis. Every year the staff of the Empire State Building sends a Father’s Day card to the staff at the Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem to pay homage to its role as predecessor to the Empire State Building. The building was designed from the top down. The general contractors were The Starrett Brothers and Eken, and the project was financed primarily by John J. Raskob and Pierre S. du Pont. The construction company was chaired by Alfred E. Smith, a former Governor of New York and James Farley’s General Builders Supply Corporation … Read More

Just Real Construction1

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Just Real Construction1

With over 10 years experience in the construction industry, Just Real Construction is the Brooklyn general contractor to call for your next renovation or construction project.Operating from 1349 East 38th street, Brooklyn NY 11234, Just Real Construction specializes in both residential and commercial construction. We offer quality painting, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement refinishing, room additions, installation of interior and exterior doors – including French doors – and full historical renovations. Just Real Construction provides plumbing services, flooring installation, including all types of hardwood, laminate, tile and carpeting. We can fix your windows – whether it is replacement windows for broken or damaged windows or complete new window installation with energy-efficient dual-paned windows. The bottom line is there is no job too large or too small for Just Real Construction – from installing hardwood, laminate, tile or carpeting flooring in one room or the entire house; creating your drinkitchen or bathroom; or a Brooklyn brownstone renovation – we will help you every step of the way to design your ultimate dream home.

Our design team works with customers to choose flooring, appliances, floor layout, texturing, fixtures and cabinetry. From the design phase straight through to completion, Just Real Construction offers quality workmanship and attention to detail, ensuring a completed project that exceeds the dreams and expectations of the customer. For a full list of services, please visit www.brooklyn-contractors.net.For quality construction in Brooklyn, NY and the surrounding areas- call Just Real Construction. You’ll have complete peace of mind when Just Real construction is on the job – we’re fully licensed, bonded and insured, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all workmanship in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty on all building materials.Call 646-319-3470 today for a free estimate. Just Real Construction serves New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island) and the surrounding areas for all your general contracting and construction needs.

Posted by Just Real Construction1 on 2011-08-15 20:42:04

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The Holy Grail (…with an eye twinkle…;-)

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The Holy Grail (...with an eye twinkle...;-)

Apple store on 5th avenue, Manhattan, New York City (currently under renovation).
Taken – of course with an Apple iPhone 4 – during our visit in New York, April 2011.

We are a real (crazy) Apple family with:

1 iMac 27"
2 MacBook Pro 15"
1 MacBook Air 11"
1 iPad
2 iPhone 4
1 iPhone 3GS
1 iPhone 3G
1 iPod Touch
2 iPod Nano
2 iPod Shuffle

Comments and favs welcome, even from poor Microsoft Windows Users 😉

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL; NYSE: AAPL; previously Apple Computer, Inc.) is an American multinational corporation that designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers. The company’s best-known hardware products include the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system; the iTunes media browser; the iLife suite of multimedia and creativity software; the iWork suite of productivity software; Aperture, a professional photography package; Final Cut Studio, a suite of professional audio and film-industry software products; Logic Studio, a suite of music production tools; the Safari web browser; and iOS, a mobile operating system. As of October 2010, the company operates 317 retail stores in ten countries, and an online store where hardware and software products are sold. As of May 2011, Apple is one of the largest companies in the world and the most valuable technology company in the world, having surpassed Microsoft.

Established on April 1, 1976 in Cupertino, California, and incorporated January 3, 1977, the company was previously named Apple Computer, Inc., for its first 30 years, but removed the word "Computer" on January 9, 2007, to reflect the company’s ongoing expansion into the consumer electronics market in addition to its traditional focus on personal computers. As of September 2010, Apple had 46,600 full time employees and 2,800 temporary full time employees worldwide and had worldwide annual sales of $65.23 billion.

For reasons as various as its philosophy of comprehensive aesthetic design to its distinctive advertising campaigns, Apple has established a unique reputation in the consumer electronics industry. This includes a customer base that is devoted to the company and its brand, particularly in the United States. Fortune magazine named Apple the most admired company in the United States in 2008, and in the world in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The company has also received widespread criticism for its contractors’ labor, environmental, and business practices.

While this brand loyalty is considered unusual for any product, Apple appears not to have gone out of its way to create it. At one time, Apple evangelists were actively engaged by the company, but this was after the phenomenon was already firmly established. Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki has called the brand fanaticism "something that was stumbled upon". Apple has, however, supported the continuing existence of a network of Mac User Groups in most major and many minor centers of population where Mac computers are available.

Mac users would meet at the European Apple Expo and the San Francisco Macworld … Read More

Just Real Construction

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Just Real Construction

With over 10 years experience in the construction industry, Just Real Construction is the Brooklyn general contractor to call for your next renovation or construction project.Operating from 1349 East 38th street, Brooklyn NY 11234, Just Real Construction specializes in both residential and commercial construction. We offer quality painting, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement refinishing, room additions, installation of interior and exterior doors – including French doors – and full historical renovations. Just Real Construction provides plumbing services, flooring installation, including all types of hardwood, laminate, tile and carpeting. We can fix your windows – whether it is replacement windows for broken or damaged windows or complete new window installation with energy-efficient dual-paned windows. The bottom line is there is no job too large or too small for Just Real Construction – from installing hardwood, laminate, tile or carpeting flooring in one room or the entire house; creating your drinkitchen or bathroom; or a Brooklyn brownstone renovation – we will help you every step of the way to design your ultimate dream home.

Our design team works with customers to choose flooring, appliances, floor layout, texturing, fixtures and cabinetry. From the design phase straight through to completion, Just Real Construction offers quality workmanship and attention to detail, ensuring a completed project that exceeds the dreams and expectations of the customer. For a full list of services, please visit www.brooklyn-contractors.net.For quality construction in Brooklyn, NY and the surrounding areas- call Just Real Construction. You’ll have complete peace of mind when Just Real construction is on the job – we’re fully licensed, bonded and insured, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all workmanship in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty on all building materials.Call 646-319-3470 today for a free estimate. Just Real Construction serves New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island) and the surrounding areas for all your general contracting and construction needs.

Posted by Just Real Construction1 on 2011-08-15 20:42:25

Tagged: , kitchen remodeling , hardwood flooring , painting , interior decoration , interior design , general contractor , Electrician , Window Installation , Exterior door installation , kitchen renovation , kitchen cabinets , tile installation , hardwood floors , home renovation , basement remodeling , basement finishing , wood floor repair , basement refinishing , molding , lighting installation , painting house , home interior painting , plastering , kitchen countertops , Brooklyn , NY , NYC. … Read More

Just Real Construction2

General Article

Just Real Construction2

With over 10 years experience in the construction industry, Just Real Construction is the Brooklyn general contractor to call for your next renovation or construction project.Operating from 1349 East 38th street, Brooklyn NY 11234, Just Real Construction specializes in both residential and commercial construction. We offer quality painting, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement refinishing, room additions, installation of interior and exterior doors – including French doors – and full historical renovations. Just Real Construction provides plumbing services, flooring installation, including all types of hardwood, laminate, tile and carpeting. We can fix your windows – whether it is replacement windows for broken or damaged windows or complete new window installation with energy-efficient dual-paned windows. The bottom line is there is no job too large or too small for Just Real Construction – from installing hardwood, laminate, tile or carpeting flooring in one room or the entire house; creating your drinkitchen or bathroom; or a Brooklyn brownstone renovation – we will help you every step of the way to design your ultimate dream home.

Our design team works with customers to choose flooring, appliances, floor layout, texturing, fixtures and cabinetry. From the design phase straight through to completion, Just Real Construction offers quality workmanship and attention to detail, ensuring a completed project that exceeds the dreams and expectations of the customer. For a full list of services, please visit www.brooklyn-contractors.net.For quality construction in Brooklyn, NY and the surrounding areas- call Just Real Construction. You’ll have complete peace of mind when Just Real construction is on the job – we’re fully licensed, bonded and insured, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all workmanship in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty on all building materials.Call 646-319-3470 today for a free estimate. Just Real Construction serves New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island) and the surrounding areas for all your general contracting and construction needs.

Posted by Just Real Construction1 on 2011-08-15 20:41:56

Tagged: , kitchen remodeling , hardwood flooring , painting , interior decoration , interior design , general contractor , Electrician , Window Installation , Exterior door installation , kitchen renovation , kitchen cabinets , tile installation , hardwood floors , home renovation , basement remodeling , basement finishing , wood floor repair , basement refinishing , molding , lighting installation , painting house , home interior painting , plastering , kitchen countertops , Brooklyn , NY , NYC. … Read More