Throngs of tourists ascend the Empire State Building daily to gape out over New York. Now investors can also be part of the story of the skyscraper made famous in films such as ‘‘Sleepless in Seattle’’ and ‘‘King Kong.’’The owner of the building, Empire State Realty Trust Inc., made its market debut Wednesday more than a year and a half after announcing its intent to go public. The company first had to grapple with lawsuits brought by investors taking issue with the structure of the offering.After a day of heavy trading, the stock ended up 10 cents, or less than 1 percent, to $13.10.Empire State Realty Trust owns the Depression-era landmark and 11 other office properties in New York and Connecticut. It raised about $754 million after expenses. The company’s plans for the money include paying off debt and paying some shareholders, including the estate of hotel magnate Leona Helmsley. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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