Empire State Building Displays Flags of the World With Its Iconic Tower Lights

    World-Famous Icon Celebrates Countries Competing in the 2008 Beijing

    NEW YORK, Aug. 5 /CNW/ -- The Empire State Building (ESB) announced it
will celebrate the countries competing in this year's Olympics by lighting
each of the four sides of its famed tower -- north, south, east and west --
the colors of participating countries' flags each night throughout the summer
games.  This marks the first time ESB has split the tower's sides with four
separate country's lights in its history.
    For the 17 nights of the games, the monumental lightings will honor the
top 66 countries participating in the Olympics, based on the number of
athletes attending from each country.
    "The Empire State Building is honoring the athletes that have trained and
worked their entire lives to make it to this international stage of
competition where unity, athleticism and sportsmanship are revered," said
James Connors, General Manager for the Empire State Building. "We are proud
that the Empire State Building can be a part of this international celebration
and hope that its tower lights are another source of pride for the athletes
and their countries taking part in the summer games."
    For 17 straight nights, the ESB electricians will be working around the
clock to change the 182 floodlights that will make the world-famous ESB tower
glow in each country's colors.  A typical color change takes six electricians,
six hours; the country lightings will require a team of electricians, each
dedicated to one side of the building -- north, south, east or west -- to
change the lights.  Each team will manually fit the colored plastic gels over
the floodlights to create the appropriate color combination for that day's
four countries being honored.
    In the spirit of unity and teamwork, the ESB is also working with each
country's Consulate to spread the news, and giving citizens from each
respected country a chance to experience the national pride that goes along
with having their national colors lit up prominently on the Empire State
Building and in the New York City skyline.

    Empire State Building Country Lighting Schedule:
    (*)Colors are listed from bottom to top.

    August 8, 2008 (Friday)
            North:      Red, White, Blue - France
            West:       Red, Blue, White - Great Britain
            South:      Red, Red, Green - Portugal
            East:       Green, White, Orange - India

    August 9, 2008 (Saturday)
            North:      Red, White, Blue - Czech Republic
            West:       Red, Blue, White - Russia
            South:      Red, White, Green - Italy
            East:       Green, White, Green - Nigeria

    August 10, 2008 (Sunday)
            North:      Red, White, Blue - Chinese Taipei
            West:       Red, Red, White - Poland
            South:      Red, White, Green - Mexico
            East:       Green, White, Red - Hungary

    August 11, 2008 (Monday)
            North:      Blue, White, Red - Croatia
            West:       White, Red, White - Japan
            South:      Green, Yellow, Green - South Africa
            East:       Black, White, Red - Egypt

    August 12, 2008 (Tuesday)
            North:      Blue, White, Red - Netherlands
            West:       Blue, Red, White - New Zealand
            South:      Green, Yellow, Blue - Brazil
            East:       Red, Yellow, Blue - Romania

    August 13, 2008 (Wednesday)
            North:      Blue, White, Red - Cuba
            West:       Blue, Red, White - Slovenia
            South:      Yellow, Yellow, Blue - Ukraine
            East:       Red, Yellow, Red - Spain

    August 14, 2008 (Thursday)
            North:      Red, White, Red - Denmark
            West:       Blue, Red, White - Australia
            South:      Blue, Yellow, Blue - Kazakhstan
            East:       Yellow, Red, Black - Germany

    August 15, 2008 (Friday)
            North:      Red, White, Red - Austria
            West:       Red, Green, White - Belarus
            South:      Blue, Yellow, Blue - Sweden
            East:       White, Blue, Red - South Korea

    August 16, 2008 (Saturday)
            North:      Red, White, Red - Canada
            West:       Red, Green, White - Bulgaria
            South:      Blue, White, Blue - Greece
            East:       White, Blue, Red - Serbia
    For a complete listing of all the country lightings, please visit
    The final list will be posted on August 9, 2008.
    Brief History of the 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, and in 1976, colored
lighting was first introduced as 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 www.esbnyc.com.

For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Tannenholtz, +1-212-704-4555,
stephanie.tannenholtz@edelman.com, or Viet N'Guyen, +1-212-704-4535,
viet.nguyen@edelman.com, both of Edelman Public Relations, for Empire State
Building Web Site: http://www.esbnyc.com

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