Monday, April 24, 2006

Facts, Factoids (and Flat-Out Myths)

By JEFF VANDAM for the NY Times, Published: April 23, 2006
(part of the NY Times special "Empire State Building" Special section)

Drawing Board Dreams

Many plans for the Empire State remained just that.

The most famous scheme, of course, was the dirigible landing. The building's designers believed that the tip of the spire would make a perfect docking place for dirigibles and other airships...

...The mast was constructed, but it saw little blimp traffic, and the idea was dropped. Not for lack of trying, however: In October 1931, an airship flying in from Holmes Airport in Jackson Heights, Queens, tried futilely for an hour to attach itself to the tower in order to pick up mail...
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