Eyes on the Street: Times Square, May 2, 2011

Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/pezz/5679300108/##Josh Pesavento/Flickr##

Ten years ago, after the attacks of September 11, New Yorkers came together in places like Union Square, holding candlelight vigils and creating impromptu memorials to the victims. Following the news late last night that American forces had killed Osama bin Laden, people again flocked to New York’s iconic public spaces. This time the mood was jubilant, and there were a few more public spaces for people to congregate and share a historical moment with other people. Flickr user Josh Pesavento captured these images from the pedestrian plazas in Times Square.

Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/pezz/5678741215/##Josh Pesavento##
Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/pezz/5678741389/##Josh Pesavento##
  • Now that America has killed its number 1 boogey-man, will the war on civil liberties cease? Will cyclists continue to be the target of scapegoating? Will we continue to be treated like terrorists for exercising our right to publicly assemble and use the streets en-masse? I am referring to group rides outside of the city and bank-sponsored ones which have suffered the terror of the NYPD for the last 7 years.

    The answer, I suspect, is no. The good news is we won’t be able to be the boogeymen/women of NYC much longer, as spring has brought out a true critical mass of cyclists to the streets every day.

    RIDE ON!

  • carma

    i can only say this is a bittersweet victory. recall what this madman planned! he destroyed the towers. he destroyed thousands of lives. while i can celebrate at his death. i can also think of how much more pain was caused. i personally saw the towers fall from the hudson bay and it was truly scary.

  • Anonymous

    Streetsblog supports the celebration of a murder? This is the first time I am sad to work for this organization.
    “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that”
    — Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Well, not everyone at Streetsblog thinks the celebrations were appropriate. But speaking only for myself, I’m glad people had places to go to share a moment of catharsis, and I think it’s interesting that Times Square is now a place where people gravitate when something momentous happens.

  • That’s great that the victims are not forgotten by the people out there and also it is a matter of enjoy that the world’s dangerous terrorist Osama bin Laden is dead now….

  • #Thatquoteisn’treal

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