People of Times Square
September 29, 2014 11:34 AM   Subscribe

Trigger warning: dancing baby at 0:32.
posted by sparklemotion at 11:45 AM on September 29, 2014

"Here you can see the Times Square eccentrics in the 90s before the corporations took over."

"Times Square" was named after The New York Times in 1904. It's ALWAYS been about the corporations. And what happened in the 90s wasn't a takeover by corporations, it was a take over by the government.

As our friend Wikipedia puts clearly, "In 1990, the state of New York took possession of six of the nine historic theatres on 42nd Street..." and "In 1992, the Times Square Alliance, a coalition of city government and local businesses dedicated to improving the quality of commerce and cleanliness in the district, started operations in the area."
posted by mikewebkist at 2:21 PM on September 29, 2014 [4 favorites]

Dee Evetts' Haiku on 42nd Street.
posted by latkes at 7:01 PM on September 29, 2014

This NY Times piece about the art installations that squatted 42nd street before the makeover is really a window into a different time and a different kind of New York.
posted by latkes at 7:06 PM on September 29, 2014

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