NYC Skyline as Hurricane Irene hits NYC – 8/28/11

Posted by LG On August - 28 - 2011

Lights Shut off for Earth Hour 2011 in New York City

Posted by LG On March - 26 - 2011

Earth Hour, the  annual worldwide event created by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) that takes a stand against climate change, occurred from 8:30-9:30pm on Saturday March 26.  I filmed New York City skyline as the lights turned off.

First the Chrysler Building lights went out.  30 Rock was next, (although the famous GE sign lights never went off).  4 Times Square and Bank of America Tower spires were next.  B of A’s crown followed.  Then the Empire State Building.  The rows of B of A’s crown took around a minute to fully turn off.

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New Year’s eve brought even more colorful light shows at the Bank of America Tower (One Bryant Park) and Conde Nast (4 Times Square) with the Empire State Building still dressed up in Christmas Colors (*yawn*). Lots of nifty pulsing rainbow colors for the B of A and Conde Nast spires, and after midnight there were pinks, blues, greens. Right before midnight, the top part of the Bank of America Tower went dark with its lights turning off at the usual time. Kind of weird timing given the midnight celebration, they couldn’t have waited a few minutes just this one night?

If you watch carefully, you can catch a glimpse (a really small one!) of the celebratory fireworks at around the 2:41 mark on the right hand side of B of A toward the bottom. But they’re mostly obscured; blink and you’ll miss them. D

The footage was sped up 2X with roughly 7 minutes of video compressed into around 3 1/2 minutes.

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This video of the Bank of America Tower (One Bryant Park) light show was taken shortly after the lights went on just after 4:30pm and just before the sunset, which really beautifully shows off some of the angles of the building. The Conde Nast spire isn’t lit up initially but came on when it was a bit darker, as seen toward the end.

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The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park in New York City gave us another light show earlier this evening and it was way funkier than the colorful shows from a couple of weeks ago.  When I first noticed that the lights were on again, the spire was blue, which matched colors of the Empire State Building’s celebration of Chanukah.   A spire at the neighboring  Condé Nast Building (4 Times Square) was also lit up in blue — I hadn’t seen that spire lit up in colored lights before.  Then the show began.   The two spires coordinated / dueled  in a mostly in unison strobe-like display where they changed colors  (purple, blue, red, yellow, green & sometimes black),  pulsed, spun,  turned on and off, and moved in waves.   Pretty wild stuff and a colorful addition to the NYC skyline!

Turns out that the Bryant Park Christmas Tree lighting celebration was going on around the same time; I’d guess the light show was part of it, or may have been planned to coincide with it.

Here’s the first part of the two part video (If you only want to watch one, I actually prefer part 2 –  further down below the jump — which has more color  but  less strobe-like pulsing):

And here’s part 2:
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