Thursday, May 07, 2009
On May 1, 1931, work on a new 102-story Art Deco tower in Midtown Manhattan — the Empire State Building — was completed, a masterpiece of architecture that would rank as the tallest building in the world for 40 years. It took 3,400 men to build, most of them European immigrants who risked their very lives to finish the skyscraper in an astounding 410 days. Try not to get vertigo while you flip through our gallery of the Empire State Building in progress, with photos of unharnessed workers hundreds of feet in the air, putting it together piece by piece. Click on blue title above to access photos.