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    Thank you for the additional time and effort; I was able to view the flash version. I don't usu. run flash because of security concerns. Good luck in finding that middle road . . . and in further journalistic forays.

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    Times Square Plazas Slow Many Bus Trips

    By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

    The pedestrian plazas in Times and Herald Squares have been promoted by the Bloomberg administration as a marquee achievement in its quest to create a safer and more pleasing streetscape, friendlier to tourists and merchants alike.

    For some bus riders, however, the results have not been as positive.

    Riders trying to get downtown through the Times Square area have experienced longer travel times on four out of five affected bus routes, according to a report from New York City Transit, which operates the city’s bus system.

    In the worst case, the M6 bus took more than 10 minutes longer to complete its route from Central Park to Union Square in the evening rush, meaning riders had to spend about 25 percent more time to finish the trip.

    The report attributed the slower rides to increased congestion, longer routes and new turns required by the closing of several blocks of Broadway. It also said that the rerouting of buses and other traffic onto Seventh Avenue “appears to have caused congestion,” an assertion that the Bloomberg administration rejected.

    Buses that travel north on Avenue of the Americas were not rerouted. They benefited from the city’s simplification of the intersection at Herald Square, shaving an average of 14 percent, or 90 seconds, off their travel times between 14th and 34th Streets, the report said.

    The bus data was collected by New York City Transit in October and provided to the city’s Transportation Department. The report was not made public until this week, after repeated requests from The New York Times.

    In February, when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that the plazas would be made permanent, the Transportation Department distributed its own report on the project’s impact on traffic. In it, the city noted that bus travel speeds around Times Square had “fallen slightly.”

    The city’s report emphasized GPS data from taxicabs in measuring traffic flow.

    In a paragraph describing the impact on buses, some routes were described generally as having “encountered larger delays and reduced speeds due to the introduction of more turns, which are subject to pedestrian interference.” No route-by-route breakdown was provided.

    Janette Sadik-Khan, the transportation commissioner, said in an interview that the extended travel times did not reflect the average experience of a rider.

    “You don’t take the M6 from the beginning of the line to the end,” Ms. Sadik-Khan said. “A lot of trips are for just a few blocks.”

    Furthermore, she said, the consolidation of bus routes along Seventh Avenue meant that riders in that corridor did not have to wait as long for a bus to arrive, offsetting any delays onboard. “Buses now come every minute, which is a huge improvement for passengers,” she said.

    To accommodate the changes to the street grid, five bus lines were rerouted and some were made longer. The average increase in travel time on those routes ranged from one to seven minutes. One route, the M20, was three minutes faster between 42nd and 14th Streets but about a minute slower above 42nd Street.

    Ms. Sadik-Khan, who supervised the pedestrian plaza project, pointed to the new, longer routes as a culprit. “I take exception to the claim that the rerouting has caused congestion,” she said.

    No major complaints from the public about the changes in bus service were received by New York City Transit, its report said.

    The pedestrian plazas have received positive reviews for the aesthetic improvements to an area once known for gridlock and crammed sidewalks.

    But the project, primarily intended to improve traffic flow, has fallen somewhat short of its anti-gridlock goals: Traffic speeds slowed on Eighth and Ninth Avenues and on many crosstown streets. Over all, vehicular traffic sped up along Seventh and Sixth Avenues, but less than the city had hoped.

    Told of the bus report, the city’s public advocate, Bill de Blasio, said he was concerned that the data was not shared sooner.

    “Communities cannot be engaged if they are kept in the dark about reports like this,” he said.

    Business leaders said their constituents remained pleased.

    “I measure these things on utilitarian grounds,” said Dan Biederman, the president of the 34th Street Partnership. “Is the 34th Street district better on behalf of the city’s work? Yes.”

    Mr. Biederman marveled at the traffic improvements on Sixth Avenue, noting that before the changes, “I could have crawled north faster.”

    Still, he said that congestion at 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue, where buses must now turn left to reconnect with Broadway, required attention. “It’s a bad situation,” he said. “The owners do not like having a bus depot in the middle of a retail block.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/21/ny...l?ref=nyregion

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    Default Molly Dilworth: Cool Water, Hot Island -- Public Art in Times Square

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    While we wait for artist Molly Dilworth's rooftop paintings to show up on Google Earth, starting this summer we can see Dilworth's color splatter art on the ground in Times Square. Archpaper hunts up some more info on the river-like installation, meant to represent the "extra blanket of warmth that plagues" NYC and other cities. Not that anyone walking through Times Square in July and August really needs the reminder. But the art will reflect heat instead of absorbing it, cooling the plaza slightly.

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    A River Runs Through Times Square

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    Molly Dilworth: "Cool Water, Hot Island," the winning entry for a semi-temporary installation in the new-ish Times Square.

    Back in February, when the Bloomberg administration announced it would be making the closure of Broadway in Times Square permanent, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan told us, basically, that she had been very impressed with the Dutch dots she had seen adorning closed roads in the Netherlands. In the end, the Department decided on something a little more complex for the installation that will adorn the roadway for the next 18 months, before permanent renovations can begin sometime in 2012. Beating out 149 artists, designers, and aesthetes is Brooklyn’s Molly Dilworth, whose Cool Water, Hot Island is an abstracted representation of Manhattan’s heat island effect, that extra blanket of warmth that plagues most urban areas. The piece should be installed by mid-July.

    “This exciting new design for Times Square marks an important next step in the evolution of one of New York’s most storied streets,” Sadik-Khan said in a press release. “This temporary treatment will refresh Times Square and enhance its reputation as a place to see and be seen while we work on the permanent designs for the plazas.” In addition to providing some visual oomph to the blasé square, the installation will serve somewhat like a white roof, reflecting heat instead of absorbing it and thereby making Times Square a little bit cooler of a place to hang out, if not exactly cool.

    Dilworth is an appropriate choice for the project as she has a good bit of experience dumping paint on expansive urban sites. Much of her recent work consists of pour paintings on rooftops throughout the city and elsewhere, with the intended audience being satellites, particularly those of Google Earth. Following in the path of conceptual artists, there are rules to be followed, as detailed on Dilworth’s Flickr profile including that the paint must be recycled and available the day of installation and the shapes are not premeditated but determined by the flow of paint on an open roof. DOT will probably take a firmer hand in the installation at Times Square, but the results should be no less impressive from the air.

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    ...and it earned her $15,000.
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    I hope it really is only temporary. Makes me feel woozy...and I haven't even got a hangover.

    The satellites can keep this to themselves :


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    Looks like the gulf oil slick made it all the way up to NYC

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    I've just borrowed your smiley, scumonkey.





    http://gothamist.com/2010/07/22/time...ng_to_flow.php

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    When the LEVIS store opened in Times Square they had a better one. It was a couple of years ago and they painted Broadway to look like a cavernous cityscape. Does anyone remember this?

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    Found it. Julian Beever’s “Times Square on Times Square”

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    THAT is what should have been done.

    Unfortunately, the effect is kind of ruined when you start putting tables and people all over it....

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    Yes those pesky people!

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    Default Molly Dillworth's "Cool Water, Hot Island"

    More pics at Inhabitat

    So much blue :






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    Hate to say it but the white patches here are already looking bad (it took about 5 minutes for that to happen, actually).

    Gum, spillage, etc.

    Given the Gulf scenario 2010 perhaps it's appropriate

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    I still can't figure out why people can't walk 10 feet to a garbage to spit it out.

    That ain't lazy, that's destructive.


    Maybe they should have gone with something like the reflected cityscape. Even gum would not be able to completely ruin a piece that does not have as large uniform bands of color.

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