The Empire State Building’s Colors

What are they today and what do they mean?
Years ago, it was easy. The building was pretty much lighted white every day except for major holidays.


What are they today and what do they mean?

I’ve lived in the shadow of the NYC skyline all of my life. I’ve never had a home where I at some point couldn’t see the Empire State Building. Driving around town. Taking a stroll at night. Spying on tourists with a telescope. There it was. I even used a bathroom in the lobby once.

But there are two things about this grandest of all skyscrapers that have been a mystery to me. The first is the view from the top. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never been up to the observation deck.

The second? The meaning behind those color combinations of her lights. Oh sure, when I was a kid it was easy. The building was pretty much lighted white every day except for major holidays.

More recently however, the colors seem to change almost daily. No longer were the combination so clear cut. Take for example tonight. The colors are orange, white and blue. What the? Luckily there is a website called What Color Is The Empire State Building that helps to clear things up.


November 1, 2009
(Orange, White, Blue)
New York Road Runners
2009 ING New York City Marathon

On the site, you can scroll thru the entire year to find out what the colors are for a specific day and what they mean. You can follow the site on Twitter. I think it would be even better if I was able to enter a date rather than scrolling along, but this is still very cool for NY’ers and tourists alike.

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What Color Is The Empire State Building


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