Lit up in Christmas colors of Red and Green alongside the spire light shows at Bank of America Tower and 4 Times Square, the Empire State Building was part of its own light show on 12/19/11. Multiple lights bounced up and down the south side of the building intermittently, then darted from side to side along the midtown NYC skyline. Finally, the light stopped at the top of the building and then shot upward through the spire. No idea where the lights were coming from (anyone know?) but it was pretty cool and unexpected to watch! Note: The grainy video (sorry!) was sped up 2x in the interest of brevity.
Incidentally, after months of relatively conservative Bank of America / 4 Times Square spire light shows where the light colors changed kind of slowly, as you can see in the video, they’re now getting back to the wacky flashier lights not seen since last fall / winter. Here’s what they looked like last year.
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