Empire State Building

The Empire State Building: A Very Famous Skyscraper…

The Empire State Building, which is located in New York City, is a very famous skyscraper. When it was completed in 1931, it was the tallest building in the world. And it remained the tallest building until the World Trade Center (also in New York) was completed in 1970.

This drawing shows the building shortly after it was completed. The building has 102 stories and a tall antenna on top. It was an amazing building back in the 1930’s, and it’s still an amazing building today.

The American Society of Civil Engineers named the Empire State Building one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. No wonder!

Bright Ideas

Quotes from Famous New Yorkers

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”
Babe Ruth. Baseball Legend

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.
Beverly Sills, Opera Singer

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”
Vince Lombardi, Football Coach

“Talent is only the starting point.”
Irving Berlin, Composer

“It isn’t where you came from. It’s where you’re going that counts.”
Ella Fitzgerald, Singer

Nifty Fifty

About New York City

It’s a Fact: The city of New York is located in the state of New York. That means you can visit New York State without going to New York City, but you can’t visit New York City without going to New York State.

It’s a Fact: New York City is not the capital of New York State. The capital of New York State is Albany.

It’s a Fact: .The city of New York is divided into 5 separate areas called “boroughs.” The five boroughs of New York are: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. 

It’s a Fact: Broadway is a famous street in New York City. Times Square, which is on Broadway, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. It’s estimated that 50 million people visit Times Square every year.

It’s a Fact: Central Park, the city’s biggest public area, is located in the borough of Manhattan.

It’s a Fact: Wall Street, which is the business center of New York and the world, is also located in New York City. Like Central Park and Times Square, Wall Street is located in the borough of Manhattan.

More Fun Facts
Fun Fact: The construction of the Empire State Building took only one year and 45 days (March 1930 to April 1931). That’s the fastest that any building its size has ever been built.

Fun Fact: The Empire State Building has two observation decks where tourists can look out over the city. One deck is on the 86th floor and the other is on the 102nd floor.

Fun Fact: The Empire State Building was ranked #1 by the American Institue of Architects in the list of America’s favorite architecture.

Fun Fact: The Empire State Building is 1,454 feet tall and weighs about 365,000 tons. That’s big!

Fun Fact: In the The Mystery Ryders story Trouble on the TV Train, the Ryder family takes their train to the northern part of New York State, which is called “upstate” New York. In upstate New York, the Ryders see Niagara Falls. And after that, they go to New York City.

Questions and Answers
Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
Is New York City the capital of New York State?
No. Albany is the capital of New York State.
Was the Empire State Building completed in 1931 or 1970?
The Empire State Building was completed in 1931. The World Trade Center, which was taller, was completed in 1970.
Is Times Square located on Broadway or Wall Street?
Times Square is located on Broadway (which is a famous street). Broadway is known for its theaters. Wall Street is know for stock markets and businesses.
Does the Empire State Building weigh about 365,000 pounds or 365,000 tons?
It weighs about 365,000 tons. And, since a ton is 2,000 pounds, that means the building is very heavy!
Today's Ryder Riddle
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Why is Staten Island like the Letter T?
They’re both in the middle of water!
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