Nelson Mandela may have lived and died on the other side of the planet, but New York paid warm tribute to a man it welcomed as a hero at a ticker-tape parade in 1990.
America's biggest city with its brash consumerism, glitzy clubs and breakneck pace, could not have been further from Mandela's time in prison but like so many, it claimed him as its own.
Flags were lowered to half-mast at City Hall and on New York State buildings, as well as at the United Nations.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Friday that a new high school, the Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice, would open its doors in September on the campus Mandela visited in 1990 in Brooklyn.
He invited New York's 8.4 million residents to honor Mandela's legacy by volunteering for community service this weekend.
The Apollo Theater, a feted venue for African-American performers in Harlem, announced his death over its marquee: "In memory of Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013. He changed our world."
Mandela and his then wife Winnie visited Harlem in 1990.
"His triumphant story of fighting against the South African government for their racist policies resonated deeply with the Harlem community," the theater said in a statement.
"It was an honour to have Mr Mandela visit us in Harlem and we send our condolences to Mr. Mandela's family, friends and supporters around the world," it added.
A three-minute video installation showing some of Mandela's most famous words and teachings were due to be broadcast on electronic billboards at Times Square every 30 minutes throughout the weekend.