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Enterprising art students offer collectors a piece of the world’s most famous skyscraper – legally.

Souvenir collectors who want to add a piece of the Empire State Building to their memorabilia can now do so without benefit of a hammer and chisel. Also without benefit of being locked up in the hoosegow for destruction of private property or vandalism.

A group of enterprising art students calling themselves Empire Rock legally acquired a quantity of the building’s original brick, limestone and marble during a renovation in 1995. Now, Empire Rock is offering the ultimate New York City souvenir to collectors everywhere starting May 1.

Empire Rock is cross-marketing its products with the simultaneous release of an e-book of the same title with “102 Empire Fun Facts” (one for each floor of the building). Furthermore, they will release the song “Empire Rock,” performed by JustLanded, a multimedia performance group, over the Internet. The song’s lyrics:

Empire Rock

I was born on May 1, 1931

And my daddy Al Smith showed me how to have fun.

They made me out of limestone, marble, steel and brick,

Crowned with the mooring mast and that’s what did the trick.

I struggled through depression but I still could learn my song,

As I was juggling with zeppelins and having fun with King Kong.


Empire Rock is always here, it’s never too late.

Empire Rock is so near, why should I wait?

Empire Rock is so funny, but it’s never too much.

Come closer honey, I’ve got a wonderful touch.

I hear the folks do like me ‘cause they know it well

I’ve got 64 hundred windows – I can see for myself.    

In 1945 I was lucky to survive

As I was hit by a ten-ton bomber B-25.

In 1953 I rock'n'rolled, you agree

It was a great opportunity to work on my degree.

In the sixties got floodlit, danced a bit, watched the Moon.

I made new friends in the seventies, though I’ve lost them too soon.

The eighties went all business, but I still had time for fun,

When an artist Alistar Boyd parachuted from my arm.

They made me up so nicely for the New Millennium bash.

Well, it’s my 75th birthday and look at me I’m a smash.

I’ve spotted a flying saucer that just landed from afar.

They’ve brought me my birthday present - a cosmic guitar

So I can Rock!                                    

Chorus: It’s always here…                                

©2005 Empire Rock

All of the products released by Empire rock will be offered on eBay, as well as on their Web site: Twelve percent of the profits from the venture will be donated to environmental conservation causes and independent artistic projects.

The iconic skyscraper will be celebrating its Diamond (75 year) Jubilee beginning on May 1. Construction began in 1930 and the building was completed in 1931. At 1,453 feet, 8 9/16 inches or 443.2 meters to the top of the lightning rod, it reigned for years as the world’s tallest building. Though it has now been overtopped by several buildings, it is still the image most often associated with the term “skyscraper.”

Construction of the Empire State Building consumed 10 million bricks, 198,328 cubic feet of Indiana limestone and 57,000 tons of steel. The completed structure weighs in at 365,000 tons.

Over 3.8 million people visit the Manhattan tower each year and more than 120 million have enjoyed the spectacular views from its observatories over the years. Now, a privileged few can get a piece of the Empire State rock by logging onto or by placing a bid on eBay.


Beatrice Kowal

(212) 255-1369.


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