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Lines for museums stretch around city blocks as crowds jostle for selfies with famous paintings. American masterpieces by Hopper and Whistler stare down from billboards and bus shelters across the country. The New Yorker’s art critic calls the signs ominous.
Friday, January 24, 2014
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
The Super Bowl is being played in New Jersey, but New York City hosting the pre-game festivities known as the NFL Experience. And starting this Wednesday, 13 blocks of Broadway will be converted into Super Bowl Boulevard—but not everyone is cheering.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
By Kate Hinds
At 3pm today, the NYPD will begin opening the designated viewing areas around Times Square, where a million people are expected to gather for the celebration. Below, we answer questions about how to get around -- and what to expect. Pro tip: before you get to the standing around part, you'll probably be doing a fair amount of walking.
Monday, December 23, 2013
By Kate Hinds
No five-borough mayoral victory lap would be complete without talking about the transformation of Times Square, so Michael Bloomberg checked off that box by cutting the ribbon on the city's latest permanent pedestrian plaza -- with just a week left in his administration.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Bill de Blasio had made a convincing case for being pro-innovation when it came to New York City's evolving streetscape. But his answer during Tuesday's mayoral debate on the pedestrian plazas in Times Square and Herald Square indicated that when it comes to urban planning, his instincts aren't exactly modern.
Street Redesign Advice From NYC DOT: Move Swiftly and Cheaply -- and Don't Forget About the Seating.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
By Kate Hinds
How quickly did people flock to a newly pedestrianized Times Square, after New York City revamped it four years ago? "We put out the orange barrels and people just materialized into the street," said NYC DOT head Janette Sadik-Khan. "It was like a Star Trek episode."
Friday, September 20, 2013
By Gisele Regatao : Senior Editor, Culture, WNYC News
Capitalism works for me... true or false? New Yorkers votes on Friday: 109 false, 93 true.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Officials say Times Square was a possible target for the brothers allegedly responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing. This revelation comes almost three years after an attempt to detonate a car bomb in the tourist hub. A security expert discusses the risk to the city landmark, as well as how the NYPD has sought to protect it.
Monday, January 14, 2013
By Daniel P. Tucker : Associate Producer, WNYC News
A simple stroll around Times Square is enough to show that iPhones, iPads and other smartphones and tablets have virtually replaced paper maps, guidebooks and even digital cameras among the tourists visiting New York City.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
By Brian Wise
Colony Records, the famed sheet music and memorabilia store on Broadway at 49th Street in Manhattan, will close its doors after 64 years. It is falling victim to a transfigured, digital world.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
By Kate Hinds
The New York City subway recorded 1.6 billion rides in 2011 -- the system's highest number since 1950.
According to the New York MTA, which posted 2011 ridership figures to its website, midtown Manhattan continues to be home to the most popular stations in the system. Times Square-42nd Street came in at number one, Grand Central was second, and stations along 34th Street occupied three separate spots on the top ten list.
Other trends of note: ridership to the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens has almost doubled since a racino opened last year, the G train is increasingly popular, and the Yankees are more popular with straphangers than the Mets.
Although the subways are booming, bus ridership continues to drop -- not surprising, given the MTA's elimination of dozens of bus lines as a cost-cutting measure in June 2010.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
By Kate Hinds
To get from Coney Island to Times Square, you can take the N train from Stillwell Avenue to 42nd Street. Or to put it another way: get on the subway at the Robert Wilson glass brick installation and exit at the Roy Lichtenstein mural.
"When you have a museum as large as ours -- we believe it's geographically the largest museum in the world -- a couple of labels isn't going to do it," said Sandra Bloodworth, the head of the MTA's Arts for Transit program. She was in Grand Central Station on Thursday with Howard Permut, the president of MTA Metro-North Railroad, and Jeff Hardison, a VP for software company Meridian, for the official launch of the Arts for Transit app.
The free app, which went live Thursday at noon, has information on each one of the 236 (and counting!) permanent artworks in the New York City transit system. It was built for the MTA by Meridian, and it includes background information and photos about each art installation. It's searchable by line and artist, and the app also offers turn-by-turn directions about precisely where to see art in selected stations. Some artworks have videos, as well as audio podcasts, detailing the work.
Sandra Bloodworth said many subway riders just see the same few pieces of art on their daily commute and the app will help expand their horizons. "Now it's clear that each artwork is part of a larger collection -- and it's a collection that fits in your pocket."
Jeff Hardison echoed that sentiment. "You might pass an artwork and not know much about it," he said. "Now you can look it up."
Bloodworth said the Arts for Transit program "think(s) about how the artwork will change the station." The app lifts the veil on that creative process and helps locate the artworks--figuratively and literally -- in the neighborhood in which they are installed. The entry detailing Romare Bearden's stained glass windows at the Westchester Avenue/East Tremont Avenue station says they "weave(s) together the spirit found in his beloved music, social concerns and interest in trains."
When asked to name her favorite piece of art in the collection, Bloodworth protested. (One reporter sympathetically compared her reaction to being forced to choose a favorite child.) "Each artwork is created for the particular place that it exists...it's for that place!" she said. "So you only compare it to itself. And if you must measure it, measure it 'does it speak to you? Does it move you in some way? Does it create and add to your experience?' We believe the artworks do that. "
But when pressed, she admitted to a special fondness for a couple of pieces. "There's so many artists I would love to share them all..but if I had just five minutes today, I sure would not want you to miss the Sol LeWitt at Columbus Circle, or the Elizabeth Murray underneath Bloomingdales." Bloodworth said the LeWitt "captures, in an abstract way, the movement, the energy of this place."
It's hard not to love the Arts for Transit program. But let's play devil's advocate for a moment: when subway crime is up -- fueled in large part by thefts of smartphones -- is it a good idea to encourage people to whip out their iPhones underground?
Howard Permut, the president of MTA Metro-North Railroad, was pragmatic. "The fact is there has been some increase (in crime), it's not been a huge increase, and I think that quite frankly that's just a trade off in life and in our society...when people have devices that make their life easier there are others looking to take them, that's always going to be a tradeoff that we have."
"We really feel we've had a mission to create art," said Bloodworth. "And now we're working with Meridian to really let our customers know about that art. It's their collection, they own it. They customer, the public owns this collection. Now they have the guide."