Recruitment at the Center of the World, Protest, Surveillance


There are 255 surveillance cameras in Community Board 5 area, the district that includes Times Square, according to the New York City Surveillance Camera Project. Police are searching for a suspect described as male in a gray sweatshirt who fled on a bicycle. Each red dot in the above map represents a surveillance camera. There are quite a few cameras where Broadway crosses 42nd Street.

The recruitment center in Times Square has long been a theater for protest and power alike, and today’s bomb-blast adds one more chapter to a site that has been a focus for groups like ACT-UP, RNC protests and Grandmothers against the war.

In 1999, the military recognized the need for a re-vamp of the station to compete with the razzle-dazzle Disneyfication of Times Square in the wake of the area’s overhaul in the 90s.

Read the latest on the blast and some fascinating reader comments on the New York Times‘ CityRoom blog.