And suddenly, for the second time in its history, New York the vibrantness stopped. Submerged by a thick veil of smoke from Canada, suffocating under brutally stale air, filled with highly toxic fine particles and generated by hundreds of forest fires 800 to 1000 kilometres apart. Asphyxiated, the economic lung of the East Coast of the United States suffers the shock full force, at a time of the year usually festive, dedicated to class outings and school promotion ceremonies.
On the banks of the East River, onlookers have emptied the natural parks, replaced by amateur photographers stunned by the opaque orange-red curtain hiding the Manhattan skyline from view. The Empire State Building's Twitter account, mirroring the changing light adornments at its top, sketches a touch of New York humor: "Hey, it's me who usually changes color!"
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