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07.10.09 Will Sherman

Last night in Times Square, a couple wannabe superheroes fought the law and the law won. According to the Post, a duo dressed up as Superman and Batman couldn’t provide police with “the required license to perform in costume in public,” or any identification for that matter. When cops handcuffed Batman, real name Frank Frisoli, […]

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07.07.09 Will Sherman

A cyclist assaulted by a former rookie cop in Times Square last year is filing a $1.5 million lawsuit against the NYPD for attempting to cover up the unprovoked attack. 30-year-old Christopher Long was bicycling through Times Square as part of a July 2008 Critical Mass ride when then-cop Patrick Pogan, just three weeks on […]

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Bucky Turco

As more and more people descend on Times Square to enjoy the newly created pedestrian spaces and temporary cheap furniture, it was inevitable that the NYPD would dispatch one of their citizen-surveilling towers. This SkyWatch turret was posted up on Broadway and 47th Street to keep a intrusively observant eye over tourists and transient New […]

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07.03.09 Will Sherman

Although many are eager to critique Times Square’s partially completed pedestrian plazas, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says that the full assessment will begin when construction is completed in mid-August, adding, “You wouldn’t want to look at a Picasso that’s halfway done.” |NYT| […]

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07.01.09 Will Sherman

Weeks after even the Post stopped wasting words whining about the temporary furniture and plastic bollards in car-free Times Square, the Times mounted their own attack. Susan Dominus critiques the pedestrian space, a work in progress, saying it has “a rough, slipshod feel” and “looks a little unworthy of New York.” It’s the same analysis […]

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06.09.09 Will Sherman

An early morning “business dispute” between two pimps in Times Square ended in a shooting, reminiscent of the area’s seedier days, long before it went car-free. “The shot pimp died at St. Vincent’s Midtown Hospital shortly after the shooting. His name was not immediately released but [Police Commisioner Ray] Kelly said he had 27 prior […]

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06.08.09 Will Sherman

Andrea Peyser isn’t the only columnist getting ranty about car-free Times Square. Following the Post columnist’s lead, Mike Lupica at the Daily News characterizes the pro-pedestrian project as “Bloomberg’s revenge” for Albany’s failure to pass congestion pricing. Then he calls the new Times Square a homeless shelter after spotting just one person taking a nap. […]

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05.29.09 Bucky Turco

After reading Andrea Peyser’s pigheaded piece in the Post earlier this week describing how “Real New Yorkers” were pissed off about the prospects of a car-free Times Square, ANIMAL hit the streets to speak to the people, the ones sitting in all that “cheapo furniture” the philippic pundit railed against. As it turns out, the […]

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05.28.09 Will Sherman

Times Square has always been a photogenic place, but more so now with its newly car-free blocks, the ones Andrea Peyser feels irrationally ranty about. Photographer Jook Leung shot several 360-degree panoramas of the pro-pedestrian project: atop the TKTS booth in Duffy Square and further south at 45th and 43rd Street. Click the images above […]

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05.27.09 Bucky Turco

On the first day (the first day!) of the Time Square traffic renovation project, the New York Post’s ranty columnist, Andrea Peyser, wrote an op-ed already blasting the public space reclaiming improvement as an epic failure. She cites her disdain of all the “flimsy” and “cheapo furniture” people were sitting in, plus it’s apparently going […]

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