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[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Rockefeller Center The Empire State Building is... News PhotoEmpire State Building,International Landmark,Lifestyles,New York City,Rockefeller Center,USA,VerticalPhotographer Collection: Moment ©Emilio Guerra[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Rockefeller Center The Empire State Building is today the best-known symbol of New York City. Its name, Its profile, and the view from its summit are' familiar the world over, and a visit to New York is generally conceded to be incomplete without a trip to the Empire State Building's observatory. The Empire State was the final and most celebrated product of the skyscraper frenzy produced by the economic boom of the 1920s, and'the most prominent of the modernistic towers that created the midtown skyline in those years. Its completion in April, 1931, on the former sits of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, marked the transformation of midtown from New York's preeminent residential area for the social elite into the commercial center of the metropolis.