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Empire State Building
The Empire State
Empire State
Building is a 102-story[b] Art Deco
Art Deco
skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and completed in 1931, the building has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m) and stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall, including its antenna. Its name is derived from "Empire State", the nickname of New York. As of 2017[update] the building is the 5th-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States
United States
and the 28th-tallest in the world. It is also the 6th-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. The site of the Empire State
Empire State
Building, located on the west side of Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue
between West 33rd and 34th Streets, was originally part of an early 18th century farm
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Herald Square
Coordinates: 40°45′00″N 73°59′16″W / 40.750122°N 73.987743°W / 40.750122; -73.987743Herald Square, looking down Broadway and Sixth Avenue at 35th Street in 2008 New York Herald
New York Herald
Building and Herald Square, circa 1895 Herald Square
Herald Square
is formed by the intersection of Broadway, Sixth Avenue (officially named Avenue of the Americas), and 34th Street in the borough of Manhattan
Manhattan
in New York City. Named for the New York Herald, a now-defunct newspaper formerly headquartered there, it also gives its name to the surrounding area
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John Jacob Astor
John Jacob Astor
John Jacob Astor
(July 17, 1763 – March 29, 1848) (born Johann Jakob Astor) was a German–American businessman, merchant, real estate mogul and investor who mainly made his fortune in fur trade and by investing in real estate in or around New York City. Born in Germany, Astor emigrated to England as a teenager and worked as a musical instrument manufacturer. He moved to the United States after the American Revolutionary War. He entered the fur trade and built a monopoly, managing a business empire that extended to the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
region and Canada, and later expanded into the American West and Pacific
Pacific
coast
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34th Street (Manhattan)
A street is a public thoroughfare (usually paved) in a built environment. It is a public parcel of land adjoining buildings in an urban context, on which people may freely assemble, interact, and move about. A street can be as simple as a level patch of dirt, but is more often paved with a hard, durable surface such as concrete, cobblestone or brick. Portions may also be smoothed with asphalt, embedded with rails, or otherwise prepared to accommodate non-pedestrian traffic. Originally the word "street" simply meant a paved road (Latin: "via strata"). The word "street" is still sometimes used colloquially as a synonym for "road", for example in connection with the ancient Watling Street, but city residents and urban planners draw a crucial modern distinction: a road's main function is transportation, while streets facilitate public interaction.[1] Examples of streets include pedestrian streets, alleys, and city-centre streets too crowded for road vehicles to pass
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Astor Family
The Astor family
Astor family
achieved prominence in business, society, and politics in the United States
United States
and the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
during the 19th and 20th centuries. With ancestral roots in the Italian Alps,[1] the Astors settled in Germany, first appearing in North America in the 18th century with John Jacob Astor, one of the richest people in history.Contents1 Founding family members 2 Family namesake places 3 Family tree 4 Members by birth order 5 Spouses by birth order 6 References 7 External linksFounding family members[edit]John Jacob Astor John Jacob Astor
John Jacob Astor
(born Johann Jakob Astor) was the youngest of four sons born to butcher Johann Jacob Astor (1724–1816) and Maria Magdalena vom Berg (1730–1764)
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Emporis
Emporis
Emporis
GmbH
GmbH
is a real estate data mining company with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany
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Geographic Coordinate System
A geographic coordinate system is a coordinate system that enables every location on Earth to be specified by a set of numbers, letters or symbols.[note 1] The coordinates are often chosen such that one of the numbers represents a vertical position and two or three of the numbers represent a horizontal position; alternatively, a geographic position may be expressed in a combined three-dimensional Cartesian vector. A common choice of coordinates is latitude, longitude and elevation.[1] To specify a location on a plane requires a map projection.[2]Contents1 History 2 Geodetic datum 3 Horizontal coordinates3.1 Latitude
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New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
Coordinates: 40°42′47″N 74°00′14″W / 40.71295°N 74.00377°W / 40.71295; -74.00377The demolition of Pennsylvania Station was a key moment in the preservationist movement, which led to the creation of the CommissionThe New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
(LPC) is the New York City agency charged with administering the city's Landmarks Preservation Law. The Commission was created in April 1965 by Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr.[1] following the destruction of Pennsylvania Station the previous year to make way for the construction of the current Madison Square Garden. The Commission is responsible for protecting New York City's architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites by granting them landmark or historic district status, and regulating them once they're designated
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National Historic Landmark
A National Historic Landmark
National Historic Landmark
(NHL) is a building, district, object, site, or structure that is officially recognized by the United States government for its outstanding historical significance. Of over 90,000 places listed on the country's National Register of Historic Places, only some 2,500 are recognized as National Historic Landmarks. A National Historic Landmark
National Historic Landmark
District may include contributing properties that are buildings, structures, sites or objects, and it may include non-contributing properties
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National Register Of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
(NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property. The passage of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in 1966 established the National Register and the process for adding properties to it. Of the more than one million properties on the National Register, 80,000 are listed individually
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Topping Out
In building construction, topping out (sometimes referred to as topping off) is a builders' rite traditionally held when the last beam (or its equivalent) is placed atop a structure during its construction. Nowadays, the ceremony is often parlayed into a media event for public relations purposes.[1]Contents1 History 2 Gallery 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] The practice of "topping out" a new building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious rite of placing a tree atop a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction.[2] Long an important component of timber frame building,[3] it migrated initially to England and Northern Europe, thence to the Americas. A tree or leafy branch is placed on the topmost wood or iron beam, often with flags and streamers tied to it. A toast is usually drunk and sometimes workers are treated to a meal
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List Of U.S. State Nicknames
The following is a table of U.S. state
U.S. state
and territory nicknames, including officially adopted nicknames, and other traditional nicknames for individual states and territories of the United States (and the District of Columbia).Contents1 State and territory nicknames 2 See also 3 Notes 4 References 5 External linksState and territory nicknames[edit] Current official state and territory nicknames are highlighted in bold. A state nickname is not to be confused with an official state motto.State Nickname(s) Alabama [1][A]Cotton Plantation State[2] Cotton State[3] Heart of Dixie (used on license plates)[3][4][5] Lizard State[2] Yellowhammer State[3] AlaskaLand of the Midnight Sun[6] Land of the Noonday Moon[6] The Last Frontier (currently used on license plates)[6][7] Seward's Folly
Seward's Folly
(named after U.S
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United States
Coordinates: 40°N 100°W / 40°N 100°W / 40; -100 United States
United States
of America Flag Coat of arms Motto: "In God
God
We Trust"[1][a] .mw-parser-outpu
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United States Dollar
The United States
United States
dollar (sign: $; code: USD; also abbreviated US$ and referred to as the dollar, U.S. dollar, or American dollar) is the official currency of the United States
United States
and its territories per the United States
United States
Constitution since 1792. In practice, the dollar is divided into 100 smaller cent (¢) units, but is occasionally divided into 1000 mills (₥) for accounting. The circulating paper money consists of Federal Reserve
Federal Reserve
Notes that are denominated in United States dollars (12 U.S.C. § 418). Since the suspension in 1971[4] of convertibility of paper U.S. currency into any precious metal, the U.S. dollar is, de facto, fiat money.[5] As it is the most used in international transactions, the U.S
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Cultural Icon
A cultural icon is an artifact that is identified by members of a culture as representative of that culture. The process of identification is subjective, and "icons" are judged by the extent to which they can be seen as an authentic proxy of that culture. When individuals perceive a cultural icon, they relate it to their general perceptions of the cultural identity represented.[1] Cultural icons can also be identified as an authentic representation of the practices of one culture by another.[2] In the media, many items and persons of popular culture have been called "iconic" despite their lack of durability; and the term "pop icon" is often now used
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New York City Board Of Estimate
The New York City
New York City
Board of Estimate was a governmental body in New York City responsible for numerous areas of municipal policy and decisions, including the city budget, land-use, contracts, franchises, and water rates. Under the charter of the newly amalgamated City of Greater New York (passed in 1897, effective January 1, 1898) the Board of Estimate and Apportionment was composed of eight ex officio members: the Mayor of New York City, the New York City
New York City
Comptroller and the President of the New York City
New York City
Council, each of whom was elected citywide and had two votes, and the five borough presidents, each having one vote.[1] The La Guardia Reform Charter of 1938 simplified its name and enhanced its powers. On March 22, 1989, the Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court of the United States
unanimously declared in
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