By Andrea Romano
March 17, 2018

The Empire State Building is now even more dazzling.

The iconic New York City building is well known for its colored lights that stand out on the city’s skyline each night. The building uses the lights to celebrate holidays, world cultures, milestones, events and charitable organizations — and every night is a little bit different.

On the Fourth of July, the tower is lit up with red, white, and blue lights. On St. Patrick’s Day, it will shine with the green and orange of the Irish flag. Some nights even have full-fledged music-to-light shows.

The Empire State Building debuted its latest addition to the light show this week, which will be a new nightly tradition.

Every night, beginning at sunset until 2 a.m., the Empire State Building’s tower lights will sparkle every hour, on the hour, for five minutes. The tower will still continue to feature colored lights on a nightly basis.

“Just as the world defines the New York City skyline by our famous silhouette, our iconic tower lights are the globally recognized icon of the New York City skyline at night,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, in a statement. “We are excited to unveil the new sparkle effect which will permanently enhance the New York skyline.”

Now, New Yorkers can use the Empire State Building not just as a beautiful light show, but also as a clock.