Empire State Building debuts flashing red and white ‘siren’ light

Empire State Building debuts flashing red and white ‘siren’ light to honor health care workers

The iconic New York City skyscraper debuted a flashing red and white light display on its mast Monday night, an effect intended to represent America’s heartbeat, according to the building’s Twitter account.

“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 Empire State Building tweeted on its official account.’

Some found the 102-story building’s display to be unsettling.

“The @EmpireStateBldg reminding us that the city is in the middle of an emergency,” Rita J. King tweeted, along with a video of the lights.

Others said they felt the idea of a tribute to emergency workers was a nice idea, but the siren light was “anxiety inducing.”

“The intention is great, but the effect is terrifying,” another wrote.

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