Modern Marvels

Season 1 Episode 2

Empire State Building

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Unknown on The History Channel
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The Empire State building rose to become the world's tallest man-made structure at a time when dreams were in short supply. Planned during the 1920s, construction was almost grounded by the Depression until the "Cathedral of Dreams" came to symbolize the indomitable American spirit.

"Two stories a day" became the mission. Up went the rivets, the steel and the fearless men. In just two years the miracle of engineering was finished, justifying a nation's belief in itself. Here is the colorful story of this beloved building, including the innovations it inspired, and its enduring popularity today. From the first plans to the final rivet, explore the incredible story of the EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.moreless
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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • The Empire State Building is one of the greatest lightning rods ever built. Allegedly, when conditions are right and the 86th floor is surrounded by static electricity, if you kiss someone, fire will fly from your lips.

      • There are 6500 windows in the Empire State Building. All get cleaned twice a month. Window washers qualify for "combat pay."

      • There was a price to pay for rushing construction on the Empire State Building: fourteen men died. The Chrysler Building, built more slowly, lost only one worker.

      • The architect of the Empire State Building could not attend the dedication of the building. Instead, he sent a telegram from his ship en route to England. "One day out and I can still see the building."

      • The Steel used in construction of the Empire State building came from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was still hot when they unloaded it from the trains in New York City.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Once the tallest building in the world. A symbol of American power to the world. A source of inspiration for a weary nation and a magnet for the imagination. The story of the Empire State Building is the flamboyant story of New York itself, now on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (4)

      • Brendan Gill
        Author & Preservationist

        Irwin Cantor
        Structural Engineer

        Joe Carbonelli
        Construction Worker

        Lydia Ruth
        Director of Public Relations

        Robert Sobel

        Jack Brod
        Tenant since 1931

        Laura Fries
        Director of Observatories

        Robert Tinker
        General Manager 1947-1985

      • Executive Producer: Bob Jaffe
        Writer: Andy Thomas
        Producer: Andy Thomas
        Senior Producer: Jeff Scheftel
        Co-Writer: Jeff Scheftel
        Coordinating Producer: Tim Busa
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Editor: Andy Thomas
        Architectural Consultant: Linda M. Eklund
        Camera: Peter Goodman
        Online Editor: Brian Pete
        Archival Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Re-Recording Mixer: Wayne Cook
        Sound: Matthew Cahill
        Music: Scott Page-Pagter
        Music: John Valentino
        Show Accountant: Lynn Marchionno
        Production Assistant: Victoria Waters
        Production Assistant: Adam Goldstein
        Production Assistant: Denise Agard
        Production Assistant: Nathan Wilson
        Graphics: Ron Clark Art F/X
        Post Production: Premore, Inc
        Post Production: Midtown Post Valage

        Special Thanks:

        Helmsley - Spear, Inc
        Emery Roth & Sons
        The Cantor Seinuk Group P.C.
        Howard J. Rubenstein Assoc., Inc
        Association For A Better NY
        American Institute of Architects
        Port Authority of NY & NJ
        Beth Rubenstein
        Sandra Parsons
        Rick Decroix
        Virginia Dzurinko
        Michael Jordan-Reilly
        Dennis Barrow
        Martin Loft
        Ralph Jacobs
        Ed Koch Parter In The Law Firm Bryan Cave, LLP

        Executive In Charge: Mel A. Bishop

        Produced by: Actuality Productions, Inc

      • On August 15-19, 2005, The History Channel had a New York City week, where they had shows about New York. This was one of them. Ed Koch hosted three of them (Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, and New York Bridges). David Dinkins hosted the other two (Statue of Liberty and The NYC Subway).

      • The original air date for this episode is up in the air. I found a site which said it was from 1994.

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