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#1 01-25-2013 13:59:10

SolN
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Empire State Building Winner

The winner of the Empire State Building Short Story Contest is...

Felix Urick for the story The Man on the 13th Floor.

The judges enjoyed the story for its prominent use of the Empire State Building, the fluid, fast-paced writing, and the mystery of exactly why Sarah Reisner's leasing deal for the 13th floor of the building fell through. 

Please join me in congratulating him! And congratulations to all of the other great stories posted as part of the contest. I hope you had as much fun writing them as we did reading them.

Sol

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#2 01-25-2013 14:11:27

JElizabeth
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Congratulations! This was a fun contest, I really enjoyed participating. smile


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#3 01-25-2013 14:14:38

mabel
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I really liked The Man on the Thirteenth Floor! Great choice.

Congrats, Felix! smile


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#4 01-25-2013 16:24:46

j l mo
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Congratulations, Felix!


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#5 01-25-2013 17:03:29

workquick
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There were so many great stories written for this contest. I would not want to be one who had to pick a winner. The judges made a great choice. Congratulations Felix on winning with an entertaining story well written.

Terry

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#6 01-25-2013 17:55:38

kyla
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Congrats Felix.  I look forward to reading your winning story over the next few days.  Way to go!  Irene/Kyla

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#7 01-25-2013 18:01:07

Juan G
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Congrats man!


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#8 01-25-2013 19:42:48

vern
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Congrats on lucky thirteen. Take care. Vern


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#9 01-25-2013 19:55:32

Felix Urick
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Registered: 06-04-2012
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Wow! I'm shocked. Happy and shocked. Thank you. This is the first time I've ever won a short story contest.

In case anyone is interested, Louis Shane, Jr. was a real person. If you would like to see a picture of the Empire State Craftsmanship Award plaque, which is located in the lobby of the ESB, then just follow the link below.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/suburbanslice/4085330547/

If you take a close look at the plaque, you will see that the sixth name from the bottom is Louis Shane, Jr. and that he was a Marble Setter.

Another character in my story, Oscar Bruno Bach, was also a real person, and his reputation as a metal artisan was tied closely to the ESB. If you'd like to read a little about him, then follow the link.

http://www.oscarbach.org/index.php/abouttheartist

As the link states, "Perhaps his (Bach's) crowning glory is the large inlaid stainless steel mural he fabricated and installed in the lobby of the Empire State Building in 1931."

The germ of the idea for my story came from two pieces of information I uncovered while doing research on the ESB. The first piece of info was that the ESB has a 13th Floor. Most tall buildings usually skip from the 12th Floor to the 14th Floor, so I thought it was cool that the ESB had a 13th Floor. The second piece of information was my accidentally stumbling upon the craftsman plaque and the names of all the craftsmen, which led me to Louis Shane, Jr.

Anyway, thank you for all the well wishes. I thoroughly enjoyed writing the story. And I also enjoyed reading all of the other entries.

Felix

Last edited by Felix Urick (01-25-2013 19:58:21)

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#10 01-25-2013 20:45:58

dagnee
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Congratulations!

smile


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#11 01-25-2013 21:29:50

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congrats Felix!

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#12 01-26-2013 02:48:00

skeptikoi
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Congratulations. Look forward to reading the story.
Paul

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#13 01-26-2013 08:59:11

maxkeanu
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Did you know a black cat lived on that floor under a ladder next to a broken mirror? Congratulations!!! First contest, first paid published piece, soon, I bet.

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#14 01-26-2013 10:06:31

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Congrats!


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#15 01-26-2013 17:43:56

deb
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Congrats Felix!  I really enjoyed your story.

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#16 01-28-2013 17:21:01

Ceridwen
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This was a cracking good story! Wish I'd seen it sooner. Bravo Zulu! As they say in the Navy. Well done!

Ceridwen

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#17 01-31-2013 06:11:02

Dutch
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Registered: 11-29-2012
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Congrats! I thought all the stories were winners. Would have been a hard 'pick' but you captured the prize...Good on ya :-)  I read and enjoyed your work...Dutch

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#18 01-31-2013 11:47:45

pedro
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Registered: 05-16-2008
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Congrats, Felix. Well done, my good man.

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#19 01-31-2013 14:06:24

dome builder
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I hadn't even heard of this!  Great story!


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#20 01-31-2013 15:42:10

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CONGRATS!


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#21 01-31-2013 16:17:11

Washington Irivne
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Excellent story. Well done!

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#22 02-02-2013 06:36:36

Nathan B. Childs
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Congratulation, Felix!!

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#23 02-02-2013 13:20:33

Felix Urick
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Thank you, everyone. I truly appreciate your supportive words.

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