The Empire State Building Shines for 2008 Presidential Election

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NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /-USNewswire/ -- For the first time ever, the Empire State Building will honor the U.S. presidential election with a four-night celebration as its world-famous tower lights shine from Monday, November 3 through Thursday, November 6, 2008:

    -- Monday 11/3: The Empire State Building will shine red, white and blue as

     a reminder to vote in the 2008 presidential election

    -- Tuesday 11/4: The building will split its lights to acknowledge the race

     for the presidency as the ESB's north and south sides will be lit

     in Democratic blue, and the building's east and west sides will be

     lit Republican red

    -- Wednesday 11/5: The Empire State Building will shine either blue for

     Barack Obama or red for John McCain as the winner of the 2008

     presidential election is announced

    -- Thursday 11/6: The building will be lit in red, white and blue once

     again on Thursday to celebrate democracy in the U.S. This is the first

     time the Empire State Building will celebrate the presidential election

     by lighting up for four nights and the first time the building has split

     its lights for an election

    "Due to the excitement of this year's presidential election, the Empire State Building will split its tower lights for the first time ever in honor of a presidential election," said James Connors, General Manager for the Empire State Building.

    "With the Empire State Building lighting, we wanted to remind people to vote on November 3, celebrate Election Day rivalry by splitting the tower lights on November 4, honor the new presidency (whichever party it may be) on November 5, and also celebrate democracy following the election results on November 6. This week, New Yorkers will be able to look up at the sky and celebrate the election with the Empire State Building's tower lights."

    Brief History of Empire State Building Lighting:

    -- In 1932, a searchlight beacon alerting people for 50 miles that Franklin

     D. Roosevelt had been elected president of the United States was the

     first light to shine on top of the Empire State Building.

    -- In 1976, colored lighting was first introduced and the tower was lit in

     red, white and blue to celebrate the American Bicentennial.

    -- The Empire State Building's tower lights are internationally

     recognized and are illuminated to commemorate holidays, events and

     causes that are of importance to New Yorkers, Americans and citizens of

     the world. An ESB lighting celebrates remarkable events, iconic

     traditions or significant anniversaries, such as E.U. Day, Lunar New

     Year, Earth Day, Veteran's Day and many more.

    About the Empire State Building

    Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is the "World's Most Famous Office Building." With new investments in infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper's robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects. The Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world's most beloved attractions and is the region's #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit

    Contact: Edelman Public Relations

     Stephanie Tannenholtz, 212.704.4555
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