Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Tristan Eaton give New York’s healthcare heroes the ticker-tape parade they deserve

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.

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Located at the epicenter of the world’s COVID-19 outbreak, no hospital was hit harder than Bronx-based Montefiore

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.

Canyon of Heroes - Film

Hospitals Play ‘Songs of Hope’ as Virus Patients Go Home

– The New York Times
Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” became an anthem of victory and an inspirational score

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

– Adweek
One of New York’s most revered institutions threw their weight behind Canyon of Heroes

In an unprecedented gesture of support, New York Times writer and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof provided Alto with breathtaking editorial footage captured from within Montefiore-Einstein at the height of the outbreak.

Large-scale mural in heart of Manhattan honors nurses on the frontlines

– Good Morning America
World-renowned artist Tristan Eaton captured the healthcare workers’ heroism in an epic mural in the heart of New York

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.

A mural honoring healthcare workers
— CNN
'Empire State of Mind' makes first ad appearance as an anthem to NYC healthcare heroes
— Wall Street Journal
Nurses were invited to become part of Eaton's artwork themselves

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)

– Elle Italia
Client
Montefiore
Output
  • Brand Strategy
  • Creative
  • Film, Digital, Print, OOH Production
  • Talent Management and Contracts
  • Communications Planning