The day the Empire State Building opened – level 1


It is 1930. People start to build the Empire State Building. 3,400 workers build the building. They are poor immigrants from Europe. They work in all types of weather. The work is very dangerous. They do this to make good money.

They work fast. They want to finish before May 1, 1931. They built 4 new floors every week. They finish the work on time.

The building is 381 meters high. It has 102 floors. It has 6,500 windows. It has 73 elevators. In 1931, it is the tallest building in the world.

Today, the building is a symbol of New York. Many people visit it every day. There are also many offices in the building. 20,000 people work there.

Difficult words: poor (not rich), type (one of many similar things), elevator (a big box which takes people to a higher floor).

How does the Empire State Building symbolise New York today?


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