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Thread: New TKTS Booth and Duffy Square - by John Choi and Tai Ropiha / Perkins Eastman

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenie
    Who's George M. Cohan?
    I guess you're not asking in jest?

    Here you go: http://www.musicals101.com/1900to10.htm#Cohan

    or this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_M._Cohan

    and this http://www.congressionalgoldmedal.com/GeorgeMCohan.htm :

    Congressional Gold Medal Recipient George M. Cohan

    George M. Cohan

    b. Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, 3 July 1878
    d. New York City, New York, New York, 5 November 1942


    Monday, 29 June 1936


    AN ACT Authorizing the President to present a gold medal to George M. Cohan.
    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President is authorized to present, but not in the name of Congress, a gold medal of appropriate design to George M. Cohan, in recognition of his services during the World War in composing the patriotic song "Over There", and prior thereto that thrilling song "A Grand Old Flag."

    49 Stat. 2371

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    I must confess, my own introduction to George M Cohan was at about 10, after watching a movie on TV, Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring Jimmy Cagney, another New York icon.

    Please Greenie, throw an old dog a bone. Tell me you know who Jimmy Cagney is.

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    Haha. Sorry Zippy, I had to google Cagney too.

    I probably don't know these people because I have little interest in theater or old Hollywood (or new Hollywood for that matter).

    Oh, and because I'm only 20-something.

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    This is great! That is what this square needs... Hmmm... why don't they just move the George M. Cohan statue on the other end. It won't block any views when people want to sit on those steps.

    Nevermind I know there will be an uproar if that ever happens. LOL!



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    That statue / sculpture at the foot of the stairs is of Father Duffy, the square's namesake.

    George M. Cohan already resides at the south end of the square.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenie
    Haha. Sorry Zippy, I had to google Cagney too...

    Oh, and because I'm only 20-something.
    Well, Cagney is a native New Yorker ... use that as an excuse to familiarize yourself with one of the greatest film actors of all time.

    And do yourself a favor and check this one out:

    http://www.time.com/time/2005/100mov...e_heat,00.html

    You can hear him in "White Heat" HERE

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1
    That statue / sculpture at the foot of the stairs is of Father Duffy, the square's namesake.

    George M. Cohan already resides at the south end of the square.
    Ups my mistake.

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    Interesting how they got rid of the fenced bit in the middle and replaced it with nothingness. The line used to follow the fence and now it will just meander I suppose.

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    i like the design and think it will be fun and functional. But the stairs could be more attractive, the red is overwhelming and not attractive, imho. it might have been interesting to contrast the neon and urban street scape by making the stairs more park like with planters and organic? Ok maybe not.

    Or, how about glass, like the staircase at the Apple Store on Prince St. Ok, that would be completely impractical, one runaway cab (not an unusual occurrance there) and we'd have a disaster of finances and life and limb. Still another transparent material?

    Or.....

    I read a certain world famous dance floor recently was up for sale http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...2/s1308861.htm


    I vote for acquisition and repurposing.

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    Those red steps remind me of the red plastic "tile" roof of a fast food restaurant. WeŽll see...

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    The redness may not be a necessary component of the scheme. It may show dirt.

    I just noticed something: what happens under the steps in the space between them and the booth?

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    TKTS logo has always been Red / White.

    Also the imagery correpsonds to "The Big Apple".

    As for that space beneath the steps behind the ticket booth: some accessible public restrooms would be helpful.

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    ^ Portal to Hades?

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    The footings for the new foundation were poured last week ...

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    Pretty ugly design in many ways, yet it's a practical solution to the problem and beats the previous shit they had there by any standards. Besides, if it is to be built anywhere in the city, Times Square is the place. Too bad they didn't take the care to make the steps a little more creative and give em a non-repulsive color.

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