NYC landmarks to glow blue as part of campaign for coronavirus workers

Some of New York City’s most iconic landmarks — including One World Trade Center and Madison Square Garden — will glow blue on Thursday as part of a nationwide effort to thank workers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis.

The Intrepid Museum, The Vessel at Hudson Yards. and nearly 150 other venues across the country will join the global #LightItBlue campaign beginning at 8 p.m. in a show of support for those battling the outbreak.

“At a time when we are fighting every day against a vicious and invisible enemy, there has been one constant – the heroism and resolve of the healthcare workers who continue to fight on the front lines and care for their fellow New Yorkers,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a statement.

“They are the very definition of a hero and we should collectively do what we can to honor and support them.”

The campaign originated in the UK on March 26, when over 130 buildings were lit up in honor of first responders and health care workers.

“We’ve been so inspired over the past few weeks by the cheers of our neighbors around the world – and we wanted to bring this collective gratitude to an even bigger stage here in the US,” said lead organizer of the movement, Joe Zenas, CEO at Thinkwell Group, a design and production agency.

The show of gratitude will continue weekly every Thursday.

Last week, the Empire State Building began lighting up siren red in tribute to emergency workers, in a display that will last through the course of the ongoing pandemic.

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