Light Up New York
As AIDS Walk New York approaches, iconic Big Apple buildings and landmarks, storefronts and homes are being lit up with the color of AIDS awareness: red. From May 14 through May 17, the day of the Walk, the city will spotlight the benefits of AIDS enlightenment: decreased stigma, increased access to testing, treatment and care, and important strategies, such as Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new blueprint to end AIDS.
Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) enlisted powerhouse writer and actor Harvey Fierstein to host the lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building on May 14 to kick-off its illuminating event. Said Fierstein: “May these lights, and those burning throughout the city, brighten the night sky with remembrance of the countless precious friends and family we’ve lost to AIDS. May they carry our pledge to see the end of this disease once and for all.” GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie and supporters were in attendance.
Fierstein, a longtime supporter of GMHC, attended the very first AIDS Walk New York thirty years ago. Over the years, AIDS Walk New York has been an important event to rally the New York metro community to raise awareness and funds. The event benefits GMHC and forty other AIDS service organizations in NYC and the surrounding area.
Participating Light Up New York partners include:
One World Trade Center
Empire State Building
JFK International Airport Control Tower
7 World Trade Center
NASDAQ in Times Square (facade)
New York Stock Exchange (facade)
Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park *
Condê Nast Building, 42nd Street and Broadway
Bloomberg Tower on Lexington/59th St.
Viacom Building on Broadway/44th St.
JP Morgan Chase’s Headquarter’s lobby at 270 Park Avenue
1675 Broadway at 52nd St.
Bloomingdales 59th Street (facade)
CBS – Channel 2 NY (facade)
Shops at Columbus Circle
Time Warner Cable on 23rd St.
Organizing the event, Secretary of GMHC’s Board of Directors Osvaldo Perdomo said: “Last year’s ‘Light Up New York’ was a great success, garnering support from all over the city and reminding the region residents that AIDS is not over. This year is shaping up to be even bigger. It’s gratifying to see so many New York institutions that are willing to take a powerful stand with GMHC in the fight against HIV and AIDS.”
Those interested in participating should contact Lauren Baldwin at 212.807.9255 (WALK), or if you have a private residence light up your windows with red.