Photos by Mark Williams Jr.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced landmarks across New York state would be lit in blue and gold in honor of New Yorkers' work to flatten the curve of the coronavirus.
Niagara Falls was among the landmarks shining bright.
"We have come a long way in the fight against COVID-19 and a lot of people have suffered to get here, but what we have done together was extraordinary," Cuomo said. "Forget flattening the curve of the virus – we bent the curve – and New Yorkers should be proud of their accomplishment. In light of that, we are going to highlight the landmarks across the state in blue and gold in honor of our New Yorkers, because we are New York tough, smart, united, disciplined and loving."
On Saturday, Cuomo announced the state had reached the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of total hospitalizations was down Friday to 2,603 from a record-high of 18,825 during the peak of the pandemic, and 35 people in New York passed away due to COVID-19, down from a record-high of 800 just eight weeks ago.
The New York landmarks scheduled to be lit included:
Some of these sites also projected the words “New York Tough.”