The Empire State Building was under construction during Jitterbug! This 1930 picture shows a U.S. Navy blimp testing the airship mooring tower. Construction for the 1,250-foot structure began on March 17, 1930 with topping off 8-months later on November 21st with completion of the mooring mast. It opened on May 1, 1931, 13 and a half months following the first shovel of dirt and $41 million (over $535 million in today's dollars).
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