The Empire State Building in New York City has been made red and white to look like an ambulance-styled alert amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The building, which stands 1,250 feet tall or 1,454 feet counting the spire, has stood as a landmark in the city since its construction in 1931.
“We’ll never stop shining for you,” the official empire state building said on Twitter. “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.”
[1/2] We’ll never stop shining for you.
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. pic.twitter.com/OYkblLTRHN
— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) March 30, 2020
BizPac Review reports the new lighting is intending to honor those on the front lines of the coronavirus, including first responders and medical staff:
Those emergency workers in New York City are especially worthy of tribute, given the selfless efforts they are expending against the fastest spreading deluge of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in the country.
As of very early March 31, there are 38,087 confirmed cases in the city and 914 deaths attributed to the virus. According to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the virus in New York might not peak for at least another two weeks.
Modern Healthcare reported that city medical workers say they have never faced an emergency on this scale before.
Some people expressed online that they were concerned by the siren appearance, expressing online that the light gave off an alarming appearance and “incites panic.”
Photos and videos of the tower taken from across the city were shared online:
New York City has put a big ambulance light on top of it’s iconic Empire State Building in honor of the first responders and medical staff who are bravely battling the Coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/zJLDdzHFDT
— Bruce Porter, Jr. (@NetworksManager) March 31, 2020
we know we've really screwed things up when the empire state building gets mad https://t.co/e5TKPzdMHC
— becca 💛💛 ✺ Ψ ||-// ☬ ғ̶ᴘ̶ᴇ̶ 🕯🖐☀️💧 (@truce_top) March 31, 2020
Me neither its very distressing to see, incites panic.
— TD (@td21241) March 31, 2020
— swnyc (@slwolfe2) March 31, 2020
Just make it a normal Empire State Building. Nice, soothing white. A symbol of New York. Our buildings do not need to look like they are also panicking.
— annie (@anyway413) March 31, 2020
— Shikher (@shikhersitoke) March 31, 2020
— ᎠᏋᏋ✨ (@Daniii1221) March 31, 2020
— SDS Alice (@sdscrammy) March 31, 2020