New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Empire State Building
— 34th Street district —
I am Caroline Schermerhorn Astor. With my husband William Backhouse Astor, Jr. – a grandson of John Jacob Astor, once the richest man in America – I built a mansion at the corner of 34th Street, where the Empire State Building now stands. Over the next 40 years, I threw legendary parties for hundreds of guests in my opulent ballroom.
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This stretch of Fifth Avenue – once farmland, now the site of the Empire State Building – is a dramatic illustration of how New York City reinvents itself.
“A new view of the metropolitan district was unfolded yesterday to visitors who ascended to the observatory….”
- The New York Times on the opening of the Empire State Building on May 1, 1931
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Women. A significant historical date for this entry is May 1, 1931.
Location. 40° 44.888′ N, 73° 59.084′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Fifth Avenue south of West Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 347 Fifth Ave, New York NY 10016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Empire State Building (within shouting distance of this marker); B. Altman & Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 7 West 34th Street (about 300 feet away); Old Glory Atop The Empire State Building (about 300 feet away); 33rd Street Between Fifth Avenue and Broadway (about 400 feet away); The Former Aberdeen Hotel (about 500 feet away); Madison Belmont Building (about 600 feet away); The Church of the Incarnation (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
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Also see . . .
1. Caroline Schermerhorn Astor. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on August 19, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Empire State Building. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 19, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 19, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on August 19, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 19, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.