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24 Jaw-Dropping Photos Of The Construction Of The Empire State Building

Built during the Great Depression, the project took a little more than a year. The dangerous nature of constructing what was then the world’s tallest building can be seen in these photos from the New York Public Library’s collection.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com
 
 
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