Empire State – New York City

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Empire State -  New York City

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping out of the original World Trade Center’s North Tower in late 1970. 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), until One World Trade Center reached a greater height on April 30, 2012. The Empire State Building is currently the fourth-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States (after the One World Trade Center, the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago), and the 25th-tallest in the world (the tallest now is Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai). It is also the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.

The Empire State Building is generally thought of as an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the AIA’s List of America’s Favorite Architecture.

The building is owned by the Empire State Realty Trust, of which Anthony Malkin serves as Chairman, CEO and President.[17] In 2010, the Empire State Building underwent a $550 million renovation, with $120 million spent to transform the building into a more energy efficient and eco-friendly structure.[18] The Empire State Building is the tallest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building in the United States, having received a gold LEED rating in September 2011.

History
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 locally as the limestone capital of the world

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The Empire State Building was designed by William … Read More

Empire State – NY – Aerial View

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Empire State - NY - Aerial View

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping out of the original World Trade Center’s North Tower in late 1970. 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), until One World Trade Center reached a greater height on April 30, 2012. The Empire State Building is currently the fourth-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States (after the One World Trade Center, the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago), and the 25th-tallest in the world (the tallest now is Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai). It is also the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.

The Empire State Building is generally thought of as an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the AIA’s List of America’s Favorite Architecture.

The building is owned by the Empire State Realty Trust, of which Anthony Malkin serves as Chairman, CEO and President.[17] In 2010, the Empire State Building underwent a $550 million renovation, with $120 million spent to transform the building into a more energy efficient and eco-friendly structure.[18] The Empire State Building is the tallest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building in the United States, having received a gold LEED rating in September 2011.

History
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 locally as the limestone capital of the world

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The Empire State Building was designed by William … Read More

Day 234: The Raue Centre

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Day 234: The Raue Center

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It rained just about all working day yesterday so I understood that it would be a superior working day to just take a pic downtown Crystal Lake to get all the vivid colors that you are inclined to see following a storm. The clouds were being however stirring and if you seem closely you can see that it was actually raining fairly steadily when I took this. Great matter the D300 is weather sealed hehe.

Here is a minimal bit about in which I took this photograph:

As a painstakingly restored, 1920s regional showcase theatre named for its benefactor, Lucile Raue, the Raue Centre has captivated the very best stars, Broadway shows, musicians and artists. Named on the League of Historic American Theatres, Raue Centre is 1 of the very best examples of restored art and decor in the nation. The 800-seat theatre, found in historic, downtown Crystal Lake, is a accumulating position for our region’s citizens and has become a genuine place.

Opened in 1929 as El Tovar, the creating was a welcome addition to northern Illinois as a film and vaudeville theatre to showcase the thrilling new “talkies” and the troupers who wheeled into city on tour with their backstage trunks and onstage spangles. The identify “El Tovar” was basically a title picked up by 1 of the theatre’s founders on a vacation out west. It was a glamorous identify in holding with that era’s fascination with all items exotic, and did not translate into a Spanish phrase or idiom.

What it did translate into, nonetheless, was the site of to start with kisses, relationship proposals, farewell dates ahead of shipping out, course trips and basically escaping the frustrations of a working day. It embraced the golden age of film musicals, film noir, appreciate tales, comedies, cartoon festivals and adventure serials on Saturday afternoon. Location theatre teams used the theatre for musicals and performs amongst film showings during the sixties. Home to the flicks for most of its existence, El Tovar ultimately grew to become The Lake, and then drifted into a spinsterish outdated age as the downtown Showplace. It was ending its days as a shabby art residence with a sprinkling of viewers.

The phase was turning out to be unsafe, the dressing rooms in the basement were being crumbling, the theatre’s walls were being flaking, the ceiling was leaking, but the recollections of those people who experienced beloved the theatre however imbued the air. The genteel outdated girl was about to encounter a renaissance. New existence was waiting just about the corner.

On to this scene came a peaceful, but strong concept: Lucile Raue, who experienced lived and worked most of her existence in a 4-sq. block spot in downtown Crystal Lake, experienced remaining a generous reward for the advancement of downtown Crystal Lake. An advisory team of area citizens and the executor directed a reward from the Raue Family members Estate to the Crystal Lake Civic Centre Authority. The Estate experienced … Read More