On Sunday night, the Empire State Building’s lights changed to green and white in an unsettling local sight for Giants supporters. Definitely not in support of the Jets.The New York City Sanitation Department called it “treacherous, traitorous, and unforgivable.” Keith Powers, a City Council member who represents an area of Manhattan that includes the Empire State Building, deemed it “absolutely ridiculous.” The New York Post considered the news front-page-worthy, calling it an “off-color” mistake. The Daily News asked, “Where’s yer loyalty?!?”
The Empire State Building, for many the embodiment of New York, may not understand its city very well after all.
I'm here at The Empire State Building where an angry mob of New Yorkers has descended. They are demanding the building lighting be changed from green. And they want the person who tweeted to be fired. pic.twitter.com/U04U4LhJVv— Mark Gooden (@TooGooden17) January 30, 2023
According to the Empire State Building’s website, they had planned in advance to light the tower in support of whichever two teams won the NFL conference championship games.
Representatives of the Empire State Building seemed unfazed by the criticism, tweeting a snarky retort. A spokesperson for the building didn’t return a request for further comment right away.