New Yorkers were left spooked Monday night by a glaring Empire State
Building light display intended to honor emergency workers fighting
The iconic Midtown skyscraper announced the debut of a display that
began at 9 p.m. Monday, and will continue on through the course of the
“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,” read a tweet from the building’s official Twitter account.
But to some, in addition to solidarity, the siren induced anxiety, as it spun for the first time surrounded by low clouds.
“The @EmpireStateBldg reminding us that the city is in the middle of an emergency,” tweeted Rita King, who also posted a video of the display depicting an eerie scene.
King said on Twitter that she fully supports
the cause, “but recommend[s] that the siren be replaced by the iconic
pulsing heartbeat effect to reassure our heroic healthcare workers that
their efforts will succeed, and soothe nervous New Yorkers now
sheltering in place.”
As if New York being the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic didn't give enough stress, fear and uncertainty on the citizenry (and surely the world); the concerned folks that manage the Empire State Building actually thought this rapidly growing crisis needed a visual aesthetic aspect to it.