Since 2004, visitors to New York and millions of viewers in a huge national television audience for the world’s most famous dog show, Westminster Kennel Club, have been treated to a spectacular historic sight during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: the Empire State Building shining in the club colors of purple and gold as a salute to Westminster’s enduring place in the city’s incredible history.
The impressive exterior LED lighting system of this international landmark honors national holidays and special events of interest to New Yorkers and citizens of the world. Soaring more than a quarter of a mile skyward above the heart of Manhattan, the lights are visible for miles and are shown in photos, websites and postcards across the globe.
“The World’s Most Famous Building” was aglow in Westminster’s purple and gold on Monday, February 10, the first day of the show’s 138th annual event. Many of the Past WKC Winners have “Thrown” The Switch to light the Building on Monday.
From the people who fell in love here, to the ones who have returned with their children and grandchildren, everyone recognizes the Empire State Building. It is an awe-inspiring landmark with one of the most spectacular views on Earth, and an unequaled symbol of American ingenuity and Art Deco architecture. Each year over 3.5 million people are whisked to the 86th floor Observatory to be where Cary Grant waited in vain for Deborah Kerr in an “Affair to Remember,” and where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan had their fateful meeting in “Sleepless in Seattle.”
Construction began on the building in March of 1930, and opened in May of 1931 when U.S. President Herbert Hoover pressed a button to turn on the lights for the first time. Located at Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, the Empire State Building is open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. 365 days a year. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.esbnyc.com, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.