This morning at midnight, 11/26/12, The Empire State Building changed its flood lights to LED lights, forever changing the night time skyline of New York City. In 1964, floodlights were added to illuminate the top of the building at night, in colors chosen to match seasonal and other events. When the lights went live at midnight, they did so to the music of Alicia Keys’ new album which, you guessed it, also drops today.
Some see the addition as an insult to the classic look, others see it as an innovative step other major cities have already made. The key word is progress. Keys’ album drop show was the exception, but I completely disagree with having civilians pay to have a special light catastrophe in their individual honor. It takes away from the ubiquitous influence of unity those lights held for so many years. On special occasions, like New Years Eve at midnight or the Yanks winning the world series, a good light show on top of NYC’s most famous building could be called for, other than that, leave the light shows to Broadway.