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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

Reinventing itself: It may be the most recognisable on the New York City skyline, but when it opened in 1931, during the Great Depression, it failed to attract enough tenants and was dubbed the Empty State Building. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

[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...