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Empire State Building celebrates emoji

The Empire State Building in New York City, USA, is lit up in yellow in celebration of World Emoji Day, July 17th.

The iconic Manhattan building installed in 2012 a computer-controlled LED light system that will power the celebration and turn the skyscraper into a beacon of "emoji yellow". The city frequently uses the building's state-of-the-art lighting system to mark special occasions and celebrations.

Empire State Building on World Emoji Day 2017
Credit: David Goodman