Michael Grimm Fails to Turn the Empire State Building Red

empire state building red Michael Grimm Fails to Turn the Empire State Building Red

Approximation. (Photo: Getty)

Congressman Michael Grimm burnished his Catholic credentials yesterday when he wrote a letter to Anthony Malkin, the president of the Empire State Building Company, calling for the building’s lights to glow red in honor of Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s recent promotion.

The lights of the Empire State Building often change to mark significant occasions. For example, on February 28th they will turn green and blue in “honor of the National Eating Disorders Association and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week,” and on March 5th they will glow blue in “honor of the 125th Anniversary of Hearst Magazines.”

Mr. Grimm, who was more than effusive in his praise for the holy figure, feels it’s time for Cardinal Dolan to be similarly honored.

“Cardinal Dolan is so much more to New Yorkers than just our archbishop. He is both an everyman and person marked by incredible warmth and generosity of spirit,” he wrote. “His positive contributions to our lives make him a figure that all people of all backgrounds can celebrate. He deserves to have his elevation acknowledged by the city he calls home.”

The lights are currently scheduled to shine their normal white for the rest of the week. Mr. Grimm would like to see them red through to Sunday.

Update: The Empire State Building denied Mr. Grimm’s request. Mr. Grimm said he was “disappointed” in the decision in a later statement.

 

Read the full letter below:

 

Dear Mr. Malkin:

I am writing to you today to request that the Empire State Building – one of New York City’s most iconic structures-be lit red in honor of the elevation of his eminence, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, to cardinal in the Catholic Church.

As a city living in the shadow of 9/11 and in the midst of a terrible recession, it’s clear that New Yorkers face a world that increasingly appears to be beyond their control. We truly live in an uncertain time; however, few can do as much as Cardinal Dolan has done to give New Yorkers a sense of constancy and resolve. His firmness in his faith, combined with his friendly demeanor and quick wit, has strengthened the faith of so many. As New Yorkers, we can all be proud that he has been chosen for this prestigious role.

Cardinal Dolan is so much more to New Yorkers than just our archbishop. He is both an everyman and person marked by incredible warmth and generosity of spirit. His positive contributions to our lives make him a figure that all people of all backgrounds can celebrate. He deserves to have his elevation acknowledged by the city he calls home. It is for this reason that I respectfully request that the Empire State Building be lit red for the remainder of the week through Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Sincerely,

Michael G. Grimm
Member of Congress