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One World Trade Center Insists It Didn't Mess Up Its Tribute To Brussels

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 23/03/2016 Willa Frej
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said One World Trade Center would display the colors of the Belgian flag on its spire Tuesday night as a show of solidarity with the country after a spate of deadly attacks rocked its capital. But to many, the colors displayed resembled those of the French flag instead.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the building, addressed the confusion early Wednesday. 

"Some people on [social media] claim it was lit [in] the wrong colors. It was not," Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman told The Huffington Post.

"Making lights appear black is always tricky," he said. "The WTC was initially lit at 10 percent white (which was intended to appear dark grey/black) but was then darkened even more after dusk to make it look more black.  From bottom to top of spire, the colors were red, yellow and black."

Cuomo had announced the symbol of support on Tuesday, saying in a statement that "we stand in solemn solidarity with the people of Belgium, just as they have done for us in the past.” 

The lights on Manhattan's Empire State Building were totally darkened Tuesday night in another show of solidarity.

Cities across the world also paid tribute to the Brussels victims late Tuesday, erecting memorials and organizing vigils. Many legendary monuments, including the Eiffel Tower, also lit up in the colors of the Belgian flag.


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