Throughout New York’s history, the city has celebrated astronauts, soldiers and other champions of the state with ticker-tape parades, transforming Broadway into a "Canyon of Heroes.” During the height of a global pandemic, Montefiore extended the parade to the front doors of every hospital, long before the city could gather together.
The healthcare system’s entire staff not only fought for the life of New York City, but did so with limited equipment and the knowledge that they were risking their own lives.
Hospitals Play ‘Songs of Hope’ as Virus Patients Go Home
Every time a COVID-19 patient was released, “Empire State of Mind” played on the Montefiore PA system. Videos of patients released to the song went viral. After seeing the real-life role their track had at Montefiore, Alicia Keys and Jay-Z approved its use in a commercial for the first time ever.
Unheard of collaboration
In an unprecedented gesture of support, New York Times writer and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof provided breathtaking editorial footage captured from within Montefiore-Einstein at the height of the outbreak.
Towering Tribute: A Beautiful Mural Over Midtown Honors Healthcare Workers
Placed on 8th Avenue, the iconic image became a symbol of humans healing New York. Eaton’s striking collage portrait told a complete story of the city—and created a ticker-tape parade for the heroes it honored, which went viral around the globe.
By going to NursesAreHeroes.org, healthcare workers could upload an image and download their own digital poster. Eaton’s art also became Instagram and Facebook filters that could be shared with others.
Lunga vita alle infermiere (Long live the nurses)
The mural served as a place of pilgrimage for healthcare workers. Following our campaign, prominent individuals called for a ticker-tape parade celebrating healthcare workers. Inspired by their work, Alicia Keys wrote a new song in tribute and played a surprise concert honoring Montefiore’s nurses that aired live on Good Morning America.