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Independence Day Special: The Freedom to Sit

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This was the scene at Herald Square yesterday afternoon. It's full of people doing what the Times' Susan Dominus finds so un-New York: sitting down. Some of these loafers are actually putting their feet up, right in the heart of our fast-paced, cutthroat city. It's like they've never even seen The Sweet Smell of Success.

Streetfilms' Clarence Eckerson sent this photo and some others he snapped while shooting footage of the new Broadway. Before we get to those, a few Independence Day weekend notes.

    • First, a reminder to tell John Liu that you support the Bicycle Access Bill. This is a big one.
    • Second, the Macy's fireworks are switching rivers this year, so instead of the ultimate car-free event on the FDR, we'll have a car-free Route 9A and bike-free Hudson River Greenway. Starting at 4:30 on July 4th, the bikeway will be closed from 14th Street to 68th Street. It's expected to re-open in the wee hours of July 5th, after the cleaning wraps up.

Enjoy the weekend everyone. We'll see you back here on Monday. On to the pictures from Clarence...

giant_chess.jpgClarence, who is something of a giant chess aficionado, says he's never seen such a large crowd for a match.
times_square_surface.jpgYou can now see some of the new street surfacing at Times Square.
times_square_stage.jpgA future performance area?
parking_receipt.jpgThis is what the reverse side of a meter receipt looks like now.

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