We're in a New York State of Mind. . .

Yes, it’s a time to mourn, but it’s also a time to rejoice. Rejoice in this city’s spectacular brand of heroism, its people, its spirit, and of course, its history.

There are plenty of symbols that attest to New York’s greatness: Yankee Stadium, Columbia University, Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge. And, oh, that majestic monolith sitting square on the corner of 34th Street and Fifth: the Empire State Building. Ever wonder the rhyme and reason behind the lighting schedule on that one?

Built in 1931 and designed by William Lamb of the firm Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, the Empire State Building has long been the object of awe and admiration. Now it serves to remind us of an earlier, more innocent time and the uncertain future we wish to protect.

In the spirit of celebration, DailyCandy presents the building’s Lighting Schedule, a sort of color-coded calendar to the multitude of hues that illuminate its facade every evening. But keep in mind, it’s red, white, and blue until the end of November.

So every time you look up, you’ll know…

We all love New York.