March 31, 2020 / 6:00 PM / 2 months ago

New York’s Empire State Building lights up in tribute to emergency workers

The Empire State Building is illuminated to honour emergency workers, during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. March 30, 2020, in this picture obtained from social media. Mandatory credit TWITTER/WADE HOWELL/via REUTERS

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City’s landmark Empire State Building has launched a nightly light show, featuring red and white flashes symbolic of an ambulance beacon, to honor emergency workers and comfort those staying at home because of the coronavirus.

“Starting tonight through the COVID-19 battle, our signature white lights will be replaced by the heartbeat of America with a white and red siren in the mast for heroic emergency workers on the front line of the fight,” read a Monday tweet on the building’s official Twitter account.

Its website said the building will have a music-to-light show featuring Alicia Keys’s song an “Empire State of Mind” at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday for those staying at home under official orders.

The display is part of a series of light shows aimed at reaching digital audiences during the crisis. The show will be broadcast on the building’s Facebook page and iHeartMedia.

New York, hardest hit of the U.S. states, had recorded at least 1,550 deaths as of Tuesday.

Reporting by Aurora Ellis; Editing by Howard Goller

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