Calling All Dead Heads to Manhattan: What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been

The Empire State Building was certainly truckin’ two nights ago in tie dye finery. A beacon for all Dead Heads, the top glowed purple, orange, and yellow on the north side; green, purple, and red on the west side; yellow, red, and blue on the south side; and orange, blue, and green on the east side in honor of the New-York Historical Society’s benefit for the Dead’s upcoming exhibition, The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New York Historical Society, and the Grateful Dead archive. The celebration of the Dead, covering 1965-1995, opens in March with a psychedelic array of memorabilia, posters, original artwork, banners and stage props, coming to the Big Apple by way of the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California Santa Cruz.
The benefit will take place tonight at 7PM where Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead will be guests of honor. Tickets are $300 each (tax-deductible) and support both the exhibition and the archive. For more information, visit or email


  1. There is method to the Empire State Building's nighttime lighting. Check out
    to decipher the code!
    Certainly the tie dye was the coolest!

  2. There sure is -- if you read my Fodor's Guide to New York City (pre-2010 guide), there's a special box included that spells out the science of the lights.


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