The Empire State Building Shines for 2008 Presidential Election
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NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time ever, the Empire State Building will honor the U.S. presidential election with a four-night celebration as its world-famous tower lights shine from Monday, November 3 through Thursday, November 6, 2008: -- Monday 11/3: The Empire State Building will shine red, white and blue as a reminder to vote in the 2008 presidential election -- Tuesday 11/4: The building will split its lights to acknowledge the race for the presidency as the ESB's north and south sides will be lit in Democratic blue, and the building's east and west sides will be lit Republican red -- Wednesday 11/5: The Empire State Building will shine either blue for Barack Obama or red for John McCain as the winner of the 2008 presidential election is announced -- Thursday 11/6: The building will be lit in red, white and blue once again on to celebrate democracy in the U.S. This is the first time the Empire State Building will celebrate the presidential election by lighting up for four nights and the first time the building has split its lights for an election "Due to the excitement of this year's presidential election, the Empire State Building will split its tower lights for the first time ever in honor of a presidential election," said James Connors, General Manager for the Empire State Building. "With the Empire State Building lighting, we wanted to remind people to vote on November 3, celebrate Election Day rivalry by splitting the tower lights on November 4, honor the new presidency (whichever party it may be) on November 5, and also celebrate democracy following the election results on November 6. This week, New Yorkers will be able to look up at the sky and celebrate the election with the Empire State Building's tower lights." Brief History of Empire State Building Lighting: -- In 1932, a searchlight beacon alerting people for 50 miles that Franklin D. Roosevelt had been elected president of the United States was the first light to shine on top of the Empire State Building. -- In 1976, colored lighting was first introduced and the tower was lit in red, white and blue to celebrate the American Bicentennial. -- The Empire State Building's tower lights are internationally recognized and are illuminated to commemorate holidays, events and causes that are of importance to New Yorkers, Americans and citizens of the world. An ESB lighting celebrates remarkable events, iconic traditions or significant anniversaries, such as E.U. Day, Lunar New Year, Earth Day, Veteran's Day and many more. About the Empire State Building Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is the "World's Most Famous Office Building." With new investments in infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper's robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects. The Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world's most beloved attractions and is the region's #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.esbnyc.com. Contact: Edelman Public Relations Stephanie Tannenholtz, 212.704.4555 email@example.com SOURCE Empire State Building Stephanie Tannenholtz of Edelman Public Relations for Empire State Building, +1-212-704-4555, firstname.lastname@example.org
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