Peter Malkin, Co-Manager with Leona Helmsley of Empire State Building Company, the operator, and Principal of Empire State Building Associates
In your wildest dreams, in your nightmares, in any sane society on any planet, would you have guessed that anyone, in the Iconic City of the United States, having had it's signature buildings taken down by Islamic terrorists, screaming "Allah," while killing three thousand Americans, would be tarting up the most famous symbol of New York City to celebrate "Allah" while The World Towers are still a hole in the ground? And who is bringing this to you?
Meet the dimmhi, Peter Malkin:
Mr. Malkin is the Founding Chairman and currently a Director of the Grand Central Partnership and The 34th Street Partnership, and a Director of the Fashion Business Improvement District, together, the largest business improvement districts in the United States.
Mr. Malkin is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Chairman of the Dean's Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Co-Chair Emeritus of The Real Estate Council of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, founder and Honorary Co-chair of The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, a Director Emeritus of U.S. Trust Corporation, a member of The Advisory Committee of The Greenwich Japanese School, Greenwich, Connecticut, a partner in the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, a former Governor of The Real Estate Board of New York, and a former member of The Mayor's Business Advisory Council and The Board of Overseers of Harvard College and Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, amongst other business, civic and charitable organizations.
Mr. Malkin received his B.A. Degree summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard College in 1955 and his Law Degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1958.
The Empire State Building will be lighting its world-famous tower green from Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14 to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, the “Festival of Fast-breaking” which marks the end of Ramadan. This is the first time that the Empire State Building will be illuminated for Eid, and the lighting will become an annual event in the same tradition of the yearly lightings for Christmas and Hannukah.
At the end of Ramadan, Muslims throughout the world observe a joyous three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking). This holiday marks the completion of a month of intense spiritual renewal, and is a time for Muslims to celebrate with family and friends, exchange gifts, and to help those in need. In Islam, the color green symbolizes a happy occasion and the importance of nature.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world observe a strict fast from sunrise until sunset, participate in prayer, give to charity and demonstrate acts of kindness.
Brief History of Empire State Building Lighting:
* In 1932, a searchlight beacon alerting people for 50 miles that Franklin D. Roosevelt had been elected president of the United States was the first light to shine on top of the Empire State Building.
* In 1976, colored lighting was first introduced and the tower was lit in red, white and blue to celebrate the American Bicentennial.
* In 1977, a lighting system, permitting a wider range of colors, was inaugurated and blue and white lights flashed to announce that the Yankees had won the World Series.
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is the World’s Most Famous Office Building. With new investments in infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper’s robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was recently named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects