This morning in Times Square, about a hundred protesters -- some in orange jumpsuits and black hoods resembling the ones worn by detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp -- reignited their campaign to have President Obama close the camp.
The 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks came and went pretty quietly, with the usual somber memorials at the World Trade Center site and at the Pentagon. It was probably quieter than Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth) might have liked; they're a group dedicated to spreadi ... More >>
Just two days and change until another summer weekend, so it's time to celebrate with a cheap drink. Here are three spots where you can accomplish just that.
How creepy is this? The two suspects in the Boston marathon bombing were planning to then go to Times Square in their hijacked vehicle and set off more explosives.
Times Square was wickedly crowded today, nothing out of the ordinary. But there were more faces in the crowd that usual. Hundreds of black and white posters of peoples faces were pasted all over the corner of 47th Street and 7th Avenue. It looked pretty damn extraordinary. The spectacle was the bra ... More >>
A princess rides the F train Usually, New York City's labyrinthine subway system is just transportation. But sometimes magic happens, and I was lucky enough to have my camera when these odd scenes occurred. In doing so, I was inspired by Walker Evans, who worked for the Farm Security Administratio ... More >>
Aaah, summer. Beach, sun, surf, and of course, two guys fighting each other with crutches in Times Square. Yeah, the video is in the Daily News, but really it shouldn't be missed. It's also on youtube New York Writes Itself and Buzzfeed.
We can bet half of all the tourists checking out the sites on West 38th Street didn't expect this.At around 3:15pm, a 51-year-old man with an 11-inch butcher knife led twenty cops or so on a drawn out chase through the onset of Times Square. Tourists fled in panic or took their cellphones out to twe ... More >>
A few weeks ago, my roommate and I decided to take a late-night bike ride up the West Side Highway. It was around midnight when we hit 59th Street and headed east towards Central Park. Dangerous, yes, but the air was calm until we decided to advance on the brilliant idea of biking through Times Squa ... More >>
We don't know about you but just thinking about Times Square immediately gives us a calm and relaxing energy. OK, so maybe not, but it was good enough for the 14,000 New Yorkers who showed up in Times Square today to participate in the 10th annual Mind Over Madness event.The yoga-thon is in celebrat ... More >>
This blog gets results, people. Just the other day, I wrote about how a drag queen was given a hard time at the door of Pulse, the Times Square karaoke bar. A lot of people's feather boas were ruffled, but I've now gotten a response from the top brass there:
The 99 percenters' continual assault against banks starts today with what is being dubbed another "Week of Action" (They might as well start calling it the year of action) that started yesterday with a rally at Union Square that will culminate on Tuesday with what, they say, will be a massive conver ... More >>
The above video shows the scale of yesterday's Occupy Wall Street protests in Times Square. Original estimations had the demonstrators' numbers in the thousands, with some reporting a presence of 20,000 people. Yesterday's protests resulted in 74 arrests--although 24 of those arrests occurred at a ... More >>
This afternoon at 5 p.m., a party for the Occupy Wall Street movement will start in Times Square. Like any good party, this one has a website, Twitter account, and Shepard Fairey-designed invitation. The instructions are laid out at the aforementioned website: "Meet at the TKTS kiosk in the n ... More >>
DNA Info today reports on the "Times Square of the future," which, in a bit of a pleasant surprise, seems less Disney-esque and more darkness, concrete, and simplicity, at least on the ground, removing old curbs and sidewalks to create a continuous pedestrian walkway. Overall, this is being d ... More >>
Not the same blue suitcase that caused Times Square to cease functioning.Cops shut down a large swathe of Times Square this afternoon because of a suspicious package. A blue suitcase, actually, that had been left in front of the Market Food Court at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Not to worry ... More >>
laverrue/FlickrTimes Square for tipplersSince it was sanitized of smut in the Giuliani years, Times Square has become the bane of many New Yorkers' existence. Swarming with tourists intent on stocking up on Disney and M&M paraphernalia, it's the last place most discerning natives want to go f ... More >>
On Tuesday night, Toronto entrepreneur Adi Isakovic projected images from his smartphone onto a giant advertising screen in Times Square. This is the multimedia stunt de jour; a marketing team gained virility (that's the term for when your video goes viral, right?) when they performed a hoax with th ... More >>
Kenneth McCoy, mid-pour.The team behind Ward III -- namely, Michael Neff, Kenneth McCoy, and Abdul Tabini -- reopened the shuttered Rum House earlier this year. Beneath all the grit and grime of 40 years of patronage, the little Times Square piano bar in the Edison Hotel had the makings of a ... More >>
via Times Square AllianceThere are sheep all over the northern end of the Broadway pedestrian plaza between West 45th and West 46th Streets in Times Square. They are made of paper, thankfully, and "protected by a foot-tall fence" as part of a public art installation called "Counting Sheep." T ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 31, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 53 Silent night, lonely night at the Tango Palace By Lucian K. Truscott IV Christmas eve. Times Square is empty, darkened by closed shops and shut-down signs. Only the Fascination Playlands seems to be e ... More >>
I passed by the large Pop Tarts World emporium on 42nd Street the other day and noticed that the place, opened over a month, seemed as empty as my mind during a Megan Fox movie. The store sells Pop Tarts (you know, those tasty toaster pastries that doubled our childhood weights, but delightf ... More >>
Monday and Tuesday, the first official days of summer, inspired two major public (free!) yoga events in the city: The Solstice in Times Square and Yoga at the Great Lawn. One boasted its cred as one of the longest-running yoga-thons ever; the other prided itself on being the largest. But whic ... More >>
The ESPN Zone in Times Square closed its doors today, leaving tourists and meatheads stranded to find another watering hole big enough to handle the amount of testosterone that routinely flooded through its doors. Locations in Baltimore, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C. also shut down, ... More >>
The pint-sized sit-com star hosted my birthday party at the Times Square club kid hangout Club USA sometime in the '90s, and he was utterly delightful. Here's Catherine McGann's amazing photo capturing the sight of Gary and I, fronted by Brit wit Quentin Crisp, Oscar nominated actress Sylvi ... More >>
Unsuccessful terrorist Faisal Shahzad, who reportedly had additional targets including Grand Central and Rockefeller Center, and even Connecticut, will appear in federal court in Manhattan today. He has been charged with five counts of felony for allegedly attempting to detonate that car bomb ... More >>
Like the sign says, AMERICA IS DROWNING IN DEBT, so we guarantee that most of our suggestions will be budget-minded. Last month, disgusted by the general quality of the food tourists are faced with in Times Square, we offered the 10 Worst Things to Eat Around Times Square. This week, ... More >>
Oh, Tumblr. It's the web service that enables even the most three-toed sloth-brained invalids to - in a matter of mere minutes - set up a blog, start posting on it, cull content, attract reader-submitted content, attract the attention of an agent, and alchemize into a book deal. This likely w ... More >>
Police have evacuated a small area of Times Square due to a suspicious package. NotifyNYC says there police activity in the vicinity of 46th Street and Broadway; expect street closures in the Times Square area. CNN is now saying the package was found near 45th Street, and NBC New York says police ar ... More >>
Ever get tired of how certain people drop the word "socialism" like it's worse than, say, a bomb in Times Square? And how generally those same people also tout "capitalism" as a 10th wonder of the world, something blessed and holy that can do no wrong, despite the lessons handed down by the f ... More >>
The NYPD continues to investigate the failed car bomb found in Times Square on Saturday evening. They have released surveillance video of a "person of interest," a white man in his 40s seen near the bomb scene removing his shirt.
Arial view via Twitter user MyDamnChannel.Updated! If it's not one thing, it's another. Seeing as how our fair city failed to detonate a car bomb in the middle of Times Square this weekend, the swirling forces of chaos that give this city its unmistakable 'elan' have decided to retaliate by b ... More >>
Over the weekend New York City Transit released a whole bunch of data about how we ride the subway. It turns out, ridership for 2009 was down slightly from 2008 (blame the economy and the fact that a bunch of us were unemployed; if you're the MTA, blame construction).
With approximately two and a half hours to go until the onset of the weekend, it's time to take a fond look back at the best posts to hit the website since Monday: We ranked the 10 Worst Things to Eat Around Times Square, NY. Chasing the White Dog author Max Watman talked hooch, cocktologists, and ... More >>
So, maybe you know of this frenetic gang riot in Times Square that local business owners pre-emptively beefed up security for? The same Times Square riot that left a few kids shot and dozens arrested? Well, now you do:
JoseSPlanoThe story of the botched Rangers game marriage proposal on Valentine's Day is sad, so thank god NYC the Blog caught a successful V-Day public proposal at Times Square. A photographer was trying to get a shot of the Ice Heart set out by the Times Square Alliance on Sunday when he no ... More >>
Yeah it's Christmas, but it's also the dawn of the first of many, many maddeningly inconclusive conversations you're about to have about your New Year's plans. Let this guide help you. We're out of here for the day, and back on Monday. Enjoy the long weekend. May your holidays look a lot like this. ... More >>
Thinking of sending your kid to NYU's Stern School of Business? This promo, apparently created by freshmen, explains what they will learn: frightening lack of affect, except when talking on a cell-phone; good taste in scarves; random street-cleaning; and the alpha role in rotating the Astor Place ... More >>
You may know bass player Duff McKagan from his work in Guns 'N Roses, Velvet Revolver, or Neurotic Outsiders. Next Tuesday, May 19, he brings his band, Loaded, to the Gramercy Theater for their local debut. In honor of this milestone, Duff asked us if he could share some of his New York experiences ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 23, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 31 The MacDougal Scene By J.R. Goddard At 4 o'clock on a Friday afternoon, half-deserted MacDougal Street moves in an indolent dream of its Village past. Bearded kids, and girls with long, straight hair reachin ... More >>
The tumbling of the economy into a giant international toilet bowl isn't all bad, paupers--I mean people. Here are some positive aspects of the horrid fiscal crisis: *You can get a cab. *You can get a table. *Lots of leisure time.
Peter McManus', Chelsea, shortly after midnight We'd been warned that Times Square could be hit with a "Mumbai-style attack" on New Year's Eve, so only about a million people showed up. (The celebration in Aspen, Colorado didn't fare so well, but they sure had fun in New Orleans.) On TV Kathy G ... More >>
If you're looking for holiday work, you might try for a job as a Times Square toilet butler. The Charmin Restrooms have returned to Times Square, adding luxury features including attendants "dressed in tuxedos," flat-screen TVs, a "new, winter wonderland forest theme," and a second-floor "Power Lod ... More >>
Hurry! You still have time to help bring the trophy to New York! The "Most People Dancing to 'Thriller'" trophy, we mean. The competition is being held in 91 cities worldwide, and the local version is going on right now at Madame Tussaud's on Times Square. Toronto took the prize in 2006 with a lousy ... More >>
The NYPD and FBI are probing an early morning blast that damaged the Times Square Armed Forces Recruiting Station. The blast occurred shortly after 3:30 am at the recruiting station on the traffic island on Broadway between 43rd and 44th Street, according to police. A police statement described th ... More >>
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