Empire State Building to Shine in a Red Heartbeat to Honor President-Elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Memorial

Music-to-Light Show Synced to Alicia Keys’ ‘Empire State of Mind’ Returns With Simulcast on iHeartMedia New York’s Z100 and the iHeartRadio App

The Empire State Building today announced its participation in President-Elect Biden’s plan to memorialize American lives lost from the COVID-19 pandemic with its iconic heartbeat lighting. For several months during New York City’s direst period, the Empire State Building’s heartbeat exhibited solidarity with and support for the millions of people affected by COVID-19, and specifically the emergency workers who addressed the first, great assault of the pandemic. 

Billions of impressions worldwide proved that the Empire State Building is an international symbol and icon of New York City. Each night at 9 p.m., the Empire State Building played a light show of Alicia Keys’ anthem “Empire State of Mind” while iHeartMedia New York’s Z100 broadcasted the song live. The red heartbeat will return the evening of Jan. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., with Keys’ anthem and accompanying light show to play once again on the building and can be heard on iHeartMedia New York’s Z100 and on the iHeartRadio app at 9 p.m. ET to join President-Elect Biden’s pre-inaugural memorial service. Church bells will sound, and towers and landmarks will illuminate nationwide in unity and remembrance.

“New York City has always, and will always, symbolize the hope and resilience of our great city and its people. We will come back even stronger, and the Empire State Building will be here to welcome everyone back,” said Anthony E. Malkin, chairman, president, and CEO, Empire State Realty Trust. “The Empire State Building Observatory Experience reopened and began to safely welcome back visitors in July, and we continue to serve as the national and international symbol of strength and the ability to overcome any adversity.”

For more information on Empire State Building tower lightings, please visit www.esbnyc.com/about/tower-lights/calendar.