But by Varick street it was clear that the bands weren't just shooting into the night sky. They were arcing and coming down somewhere beyond Manhattan. They were ROY G BIV.
It actually is a good idea, a night rainbow (if a bit gimmicky). And it was nice not knowing about it in advance.
Then, driving uptown in a cab, the Empire State was top to bottom red--lobster red. (Yes, I'm sure I could have checked Time Out to see why.) Another surprise. (Debatably I saw more surprising lights In Chicago this summer, at the Shedd aquarium.)
Tonight the Carlyle Hotel had a few rings of what looked to be blue and green lights, and this on a night when PBS Kids was showing a cartoon in which a sheep and her friends were trying to help a bear get over her fear of the dark. They did so by "building" a word for her to carry: nightlight.
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