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    I don't know whether to fall in love of go Raving.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NYTimes View Post


    I dont' know about everyone else, but this looks like an upside down scrotum to me.

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    Times Square's Glitz & Grime Photographed




    Through August 28th, the Yancey Richardson Gallery is looking at Times Square, then and now, the real and the unreal. The exhibit, titled Glitz & Grime, includes photographs taken in or inspired by Times Square, with both contemporary and classic photographers behind the lens. When traveling from 1945 through 2009 in just a few seconds, it's hard not to miss the old, gritty Crossroads... even if it's nostalgia for a time we never knew personally.

    The top row of photographs are from the exhibit, with the last seven from the LIFE image gallery we can't seem to get enough of.


    Neon sign, Times Square Theater, NYC, 2001


    Untitled NY (clean and neat), 1997


    Times Square Dusk, c. 1947


    The Great White Way, c. 1954


    Sandwich girls advertising a NYC play during the city newspaper strike, December 1962


    Taxi drivers picketing during strike. April 1949.


    Lights in Times Square being dimmed to conserve energy during WW II, April 1942.


    Men walking in Times Square, December 1954. (That caption is from LIFE; but note the Reade Street sign in the photo.)


    Various pornographic stores and theaters lighting up Times Square with tacky neon lit marquees. July 1986.




    West 45th street, in theatrical district, scene of last appearance of Judge Joseph F. Crater, who has been missing since 1930. November 1959.

    http://gothamist.com/2009/08/07/old_...Pic=14#gallery

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    The Old Metropolitan Opera House that used to stand just south of Times Square on Broadway between West 39th <> 40th ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merry View Post

    Taxi drivers picketing during strike. April 1949.
    Back when cabbies were he-men, they drove DeSotos.

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    How comfy that must have been to ride through Manhattan in the back seat of a DeSoto.

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    Big Town, Big Picture: Times Square

    Wednesday, December 9th 2009, 4:00 AM
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    Times Square in 1937.

    Hardly the Crossroads of the World in those days, Long Acre Square at Broadway and 42nd was chiefly home to William K. Vanderbilt's American Horse Exchange - stables, to put it another way - and the Tenderloin's assorted lower refinements.

    Thus it was an astonishing thing when in 1883 the new Metropolitan Opera House went up at 40th St., bringing a whiff of class to the otherwise disagreeable district. And it was more amazing yet when in 1895 showman Oscar Hammerstein opened a palatial $3 million theater called the Olympia on 44th, practically creating the Gay White Way all by himself as his fellow impresarios fast decided to migrate the brightly lighted Rialto up from Herald Square right behind him. Then two more things decisively arrived in the heart of the place. One was a major station along New York's first subway line. The other was a wonderful pink granite building called the Times Tower, new home of Mr. Adolph Ochs' newspaper, at 375 feet tall the city's second biggest building, towering over everything around it, the very emblem of its domain. In April 1904, Long Acre Square was formally renamed Times Square. And, through Jazz Age, through Depression and war, through grindhouse squalor and Disney, it has been the center of the known universe ever since.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/...#ixzz0ZjC9TA26

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    'Cool' river to flow on B'way

    By CHUCK BENNETT
    The asphalt in Times Square's pedestrian plaza will soon be painted shades of blue -- creating the psychedelic image of a river flowing down Broadway.
    "Cool Water, Hot Island," designed by Brooklyn artist Molly Dilworth, was inspired by NASA's infrared satellite images of a scarlet Manhattan between the blue East and Hudson rivers, the Department of Transportation said.
    Dilworth's vision -- chosen from 150 applications submitted -- earned her $15,000.
    When completed by mid-July, the "river" will stretch along Broadway from 42nd to 47th streets.



    Is it just me, or does anyone else think that the $15,000 could be better spent
    on more important things needed in the area, rather than blue paint on the street
    (which won't stay "Blue" for long)


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    Maybe there's a need to get more people to go there.

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    You might be right, I think I do see a some areas of pavement where nobody is standing in that last pic above- Can't have that can we?!

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    Times square needs new streetlights, they clutter the area.

    Also, I don't think cars need to use times square at all. Really no need to have so many taxis going through there. Make Times square into Nanjing road, since you've done it 50% might as well do it properly and be done with it.

    A streetcar lane would be decent option -- you could keep the cars, but close one lane for the light-rail and have it go down a pedestrianized 42nd street and then down to hudson yards.
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    I'm not a big fan of taxis, but they do serve the theater goers / theater businesses in a major way. And if you don't allow taxis to travel down Seventh through Times Square then, to get downtown, they either have to go east to Fifth or west to Ninth. That's a lot of unnecessary crosstown travel, and those streets are jammed already. Better to limit private cars in midtown -- but that idea sank like a rock.

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    Well, they can manage fine without them on Nanjing road. But I see your point about the theatres. Nanjing road is a shopping street pretty much. Times square is more like Shibuya crossing in Japan and I think that we could use a scramble crossing like they have now.

    I still think 42nd street at least could be pedestrianized for a few blocks with a light rail and then the rail could be routed down 10th to hudson yards.

    But the streetlights look awful, sorry...they look dowdy and out of place in this blade runner setting...how about something more modern.

    I do not like this new paint scheme at all -- ridiculous looking IMO. I hope something decent is put there afterwards.

    I feel the mayor dropped the ball on congestion pricing -- he just folded like a kitten, not a peep about it... he didn't seem to sell it well to the city. Not enough marketing.

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