Empire State Building to New York: Falling dead.
The iconic skyscraper’s management is pushing back on the uproar over lighting the building’s spire in the green and white of the Philadelphia Eagles — and will do so again if the hated NFL franchise wins the Super Bowl, according to The Post.
Empire State Realty Trust — who tweeted a video with headlines in The Post and other local papers denouncing the blasphemy — finds the whole controversy funny, according to sources close to the situation. The company plans to light the tower in Chiefs or Eagles colors for the winner of the Feb. 12 game, the sources confirmed.
“See you at the big game” the company tweeted Monday.
The building’s management sees Sunday’s stunt as a way to lure tourists from around the world to the Big Apple landmark to pay $79 each to visit the observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors, a source with direct knowledge said. of the company’s plans to The Post. .
“They think they’re playing with billions and not locals,” the source said.
Indeed, experts said executives took a victory lap after the building’s Jan. 29 tweet — titled “Fly Eagles Fly” showing the building lit up in Philly colors after a win over San Francisco — garnered 45 million views and countless more on Instagram and TikTok. The building remained lit in green and white for hours until the LED display changed to the red and white of the Kansas City Chiefs after their AFC title game victory.
In 2018, management caused similar outrage when it lit the building in green and white — that time for just 30 minutes — after the Eagles defeated an even more despised Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to lift the Lombardi Trophy.
However, the company stopped flashing the red and white of the Boston Red Sox when they won the World Series later that year. The same goes for the delusional Houston Astros after winning the Fall Classic last November.
Empire State Realty Trust declined to comment on the outcry when reached by the Post.
The company began about five years ago lighting the top floors of the tower in the colors of the sports champions, according to the source. Last month, the building flashed the red and white of the Georgia Bulldogs after winning the NCAA football championship. It also regularly honors the various shades of New York sports teams, even when they don’t have a title.
Empire State Realty Trust also used the light show for various non-sports tributes, such as red for the Lunar New Year. It also recently hosted an event in the building attended by Chinese actress Mengjie Jiang, as the company looks to boost its global exposure.
Another Eagles tribute on Feb. 12 won’t sit well with Mayor Eric Adams and other New York City officials. On Tuesday, Adams said the Empire State Building should not have honored the New York Giants’ blood nemesis.
“That eluded us,” he said while appearing on CNN. “Unfortunately, someone didn’t get the memo at the Empire State Building.”
New York Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch tweeted: “For anyone who finds it treacherous, treacherous and unforgiving like we do – just pretend it’s green and white for #NewYorksStrongest.”
“We take out the trash every day…and next year, that will include the Eagles.”
Tisch’s family co-owns the Giants, who lost to the Eagles in the divisional round 38-17 on Jan. 22.