“We’ll never stop shining for you,” read the official Twitter feed from the Empire State Building, the iconic skyscraper towering above 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan. “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.”
The tribute to the heroic work of emergency workers, which had the top part lit up in red with a rotating flashing light making it resemble a siren, was appreciated by many. Nevertheless, some expressed their anxiety at the message being sent to the citizens of New York City. “Reminding us that the city is in the middle of an emergency,” read the response of one person.