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Empire State goes for hot and hip with in-house gym

Iconic building hopes to shed its dowdy image as just a tourist landmark

[NEW YORK] Workers inside the Empire State Building may soon be able to imagine testing their weightlifting prowess or other muscle-building regimens against the mythical feats of King Kong, who once scaled this building's facade.

This summer, a 15,000-square-foot fitness centre for tenants and their employees will open in the concourse of the building, part of an effort to reinvent the 83-year-old tower as a modern day urban campus.

The gym, with white, undulating tile walls and dark wood finishes, can accommodate the building's roughly 10,000 workers. Executives who don't want to work out with the rank-and-file will have access to a private gym suite.

Other changes to the art deco landmark are...

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