The Empire State gets tie-dyed

The other night in Manhattan we were treated to something quite unusual: the Empire State building lit up in a way not seen before. We New Yorkers are used to seeing the color change. The building is orange on Halloween and red and green around Christmas. But last night’s colors were unique. They mixed many hues. Had I not been wearing gloves I might have thought it was summer’s Gay Pride.

The rainbow lights turned out to be tie-dye in honor of the Grateful Dead. A new exhibit at the New York Historical Society is set to open in March 2010. It is the first ever large-scale retrospective of the band’s history. Legendary Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir are in town all week playing shows thus prompting the psychedelic colors bathing the building.