Aside from the associations this day has with the labor movement, the first of May 1931 is also the day President Roosevelt hit a switch in Washington DC and turned on all the lights in the newly opened Empire State Building on 34th Street and Fifth Avenue in NYC.

All 102 stories were then opened to the public, 45 days ahead of schedule, and $5 million under budget.

Two years later, King Kong is released in New York City. The film that is…

empire state3AEmpire State Building, 34th Street NYC
Taken from West 32nd Street near Penn Station
photo © Jeff Kopito

I so love this building…

[Info resourced from The Writer’s Almanac and The Empire State Realty Trust…]