National Geographic : 1952 Jul
* From Tower to Street: 1,472 Dizzy Feet Most spectacular of all high-steel jobs was the erection of a television antenna atop New York City's Empire State Building, the world's tallest. The 102-story, 1,250-foot building was finished in 1931; the 222-foot tower was added in 1951. Mohawks worked on both jobs. Before the antenna was raised, the steel frame was bolted together experimentally in an American Bridge Company plant to make sure it would fit quickly and easily. As a safety measure, the builders stretched a wire net around the Empire State's dome. Five television stations now beam programs from the tower. The added height increases their broadcasting radius by as much as 18 miles. To these men, trucks crowding Manhattan's 34th Street look like beetles, and pedestrians seem mere specks. They enjoy an unrestricted view of the Hudson and the New Jersey shore.