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What Building Previously Stood on the Site of the Empire State Building?

 Two separate hotels stood on the site, the Waldorf and the Astoria, constructed in the 1890s for William Waldorf Astor and John Jacob Astor IV. These two cousins, nursing a feud, built on the sites of their parents' mansions, including that of "The" Mrs. Astor. Soon joined as one, the Waldorf-Astoria moved uptown in 1931 to make room for the Empire State Building.

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