Today’s Headlines

  • Marty Barfowitz

    What if a police officer rushing to help a colleague had fired his weapon and injured nine bystanders on Avenue D? Would the NYPD and the media be treating this incident any differently?

  • Hmmm. So the Times feels Times Square has a “rough, slipshod feel.” I guess the Times feels the way I do — why wait for the end of the pilot project before putting in street furnishings with a more permanent feel? Let’s get the bollards in now, add benches and other street furnishings, and bolt it all a hundred feet down into the ground, making it nearly impossible to remove in the future, just in case some future less enlightened mayor decides to give our city’s greatest public space back to fume-spewing cars.

  • Marty Barfowitz

    Holy cow, that Susan Dominus piece in the Times is idiotic.

    Or maybe the problem is not the quality of the seats. Maybe the problem is all the people sitting in them. New York is a city of walkers, not sitters; a city of motion, not repose.

    One of the great things about the new scheme in Times Square is that if you perceive yourself, like Susan, as a fast-walking, hustling and bustlng “real New Yorker” then you actually CAN walk through Times Square with some level of speed an efficiency. Thanks to the new public space, your path is no longer blocked by obese, slow-moving, gawking tourists and honking motor vehicles.

    Open since late May, the pedestrian mall at Times Square, where the city boldly closed off traffic, has a rough, slipshod feel… sections of Broadway now look like something between a crime scene and an audience, which may be an inadvertent tribute to the culture of the space, but does not offer much in the way of aesthetics.

    This is like an architecture critic reviewing a construction scene. No shit, it has a “rough, slipshod feel.” They’re still building it, for chrissake. You know that pretty new Renzo Piano building that you now work in over on 8th Avenue, Susan? That site had a “rough, slipshod feel” for about five years while the building was under construction. Why should we expect a new public spaces — particularly one that is being launched as a temporary experiment — to magically emerge fully intact and beautiful?

    Is it any wonder the Times is going down the tubes?

  • “New York is a city of walkers, not sitters; a city of motion, not repose.”

    My immediate reaction was: Take a look at Bryant Park and you will see how pleasant New York can be. Does Susan Dominus want to remove the seating from Bryant Park because New York is a city of walkers, not sitters?

  • Larry Littlefield

    Recession stalls movement to suburbs and Sunbelt.

    It’s all about what the young people want with regard to population growth, and the suburbs and the Sunbelt aren’t necessarily it anymore. Besides, younger generations will not be able to afford them.

  • “a city of motion, not repose”

    Idiotic. The reason we’re “a city of motion” is because there’s hardly anywhere to freakin’ sit down anywhere. And if you stand still on a corner to rest your legs, cops look at you funny. This is the same school of writing that longs for the good old days when crime was through the roof and your subway train broke down every other day, because we were “tough” and that’s what New York “is”. The Times has been pushing this claptrap for decades, and it’s nice to see actual people thumbing their nose at such twaddle and instead enjoying the much better city we’ve become.