Empire State Building introduces new lighting to pay tribute to emergency workers

April 2, 2020


Starting March 30, and through the COVID-19 battle, the Empire State Building’s signature white lights will be replaced nightly with the Heartbeat of America in bright red with a siren of red and white in the mast to pay respect to the heroic emergency workers on the front line of the fight.


“The Empire State Building is an international symbol of dreams and struggles overcome,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of building owner Empire State Realty Trust.  “Tonight, and every night in this struggle, she is a beacon to remind us we are all in this together, and we will come out of this together.”


The Empire State Building’s world-famous tower lights, in partnership with iHeartMedia’s Z100, will continue to sync to a broadcast Alicia Keys’ Empire State of Mind on every night at 9:00 pm. The public is invited to join the conversation by posting a video of themselves to their social media pages with the hashtag #EmpireStateBuilding and #iHeartNewYork tagging both the Empire State Building and iHeartRadio to share how we are all still able to connect with each other. 


The Empire State Building shines in its signature white lights on nights when a lighting for an organization or holiday is not scheduled. One can always visit the lighting calendar on the Empire State Building’s website for our full schedule.


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