This note accompanies the follow episode(s):
The Writer’s Almanac for May 1, 2017: Old Roses

May 1, 2017: on this day: Empire State Building opens to the public

All 102 stories of The Empire State Building opened to the public on this date in 1931, 45 days ahead of schedule and $5 million under budget, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street in New York City.