Whoever said that lightning doesn’t strike twice was wrong.  I caught on video three direct hits to the Empire State Building during the nasty lightning / thunder storm after midnight on April 13, 2011.  I actually saw a fourth, but sadly wasn’t filming at the time.  Oh well. That’s just ridiculous — the most hits I’ve ever seen before on the ESB in one night has been two. Amazing and awesome!

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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 York City and the rest of the east coast were hit with a nasty crippling blizzard the day after Christmas 2010. This is how it looked just after the snow started to fall around 11am. The visibility was getting poor to the point where the skyline was completely missing an hour later. Bizarrely, there were also some lightning flashes and thunder during the evening, uncharacteristic of winter storms — I thought I was seeing and hearing things, but news reports confirmed it! And there were also high winds just short of hurricane speed according to the weatherman. Pity the poor travelers on Amtrak and those trying to catch flights, as trains and planes came to a standstill. Glad to be inside during this mess!

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Video: Bank Of America Tower NYC Light Show 11/18/10

Posted by LG On November - 18 - 2010

Usually the spire of the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park in NYC is lit up white or is dark.. This evening (11/18/10) there was a short light show that ended around 6pm, where it changed from purple to red to yellow to green to blue.before going dark. Looks like the Empire State Building is gonna have some company in the ‘adding colors to the Manhattan skyline department’. Pretty cool!

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The NY City area got its second wild weather in a week in the form of a lightning storm on the evening of  9/22/10.  The backdrop for this video is the midtown Manhattan skyline, featuring the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, etc.  It was a spectacular display of flashes and lightning bolts against the night sky.  There were so many that I just let the video run. This clip, around 9 1/2 minutes, is just a fraction of what I recorded, so I’ll probably put more up once I go through it.

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Visitors to the Empire State Building got a rare treat when the Met Life blimp floated through NYC several months ago and made passes right outside the observation deck. It flew around and around the city for much of the day and even cruised around the ESB as the sun was setting and after it was dark. This is a series of close up photos that I took and made into a slide show.

It’s so cool how close that big air whale passed by the ESB, although that building was supposed to originally be used as a blimp dock. Due to the high winds, that idea apparently didn’t work out so well as only one blimp was said to have successfully docked.

Photo date: 5/20/10

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A violent lightning and thunder storm, dumping a torrential downpour, ripped through NYC in the late afternoon of 9/16/10. The whole thing was over in a matter of minutes, and then calm resumed.

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The Empire State Building’s lightning rod got put to good use during this lightning / thunder storm — it got zapped by a direct hit! How neat is that?

And no, the ESB isn’t leaning.  That was a tripod malfunction that couldn’t be adjusted.  Oops!

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It was glorious in NYC on 5/4/10 with clear blue skies for most of the day. This shot of the Empire State building was taken around 20 minutes after sunset as some big clouds rolled by.  The lights were white.

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