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[PHOTO] ‘The Human Squirrel’, 1918

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The “Human Squirrel” who did many daring stunts in climbing for benefit of War Relief Funds in New York City. He is shown here at a dizzy height in Times Square. Times Photo Service., ca. 1918.

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[PHOTO] Sidewalk Clock Outside Barthman Jewelers, New York City, 1947

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Sidewalk Clock Outside Barthman Jewelers, Broadway and Maiden Lane, New York City      1947

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70 Years After Allied Victory, Couples Gather in Times Square to Re-Enact V-J Day Kiss

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NEW YORK — cassyfiano writes: With a countdown of “five, four, three, two, one, smooch,” couples from across the world puckered up in Times Square on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the famous kiss celebrating the end of World War II.

“Ellie and I are deeply honored and privileged to represent the greatest generation here today.”

— Ray Williams, 91, of Blairsville, Georgia

A 25-foot sculpture depicting Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photograph of a sailor kissing a white-uniformed nurse towered over the commemoration of V-J Day, when Japan’s surrender to Allied forces was announced.

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“It’s very beautiful to commemorate such an incredible event. Especially for us. We come from a country which was occupied by the Germans … and we’re still faced with all the horrifying stories of the war.”

— Roel van Dalen, visitors from Amsterdam

Ray and Ellie Williams, Navy veterans who married the day after V-J Day, kicked off the anniversary of the kiss Aug. 14, 1945. Read the rest of this entry »


[PHOTO] Shot of the Transparent Car on display in the General Motors Building

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Shot of the Transparent Car on display in the General Motors Building

 


Hello Kitty, Minnie Mouse Duke It Out in Ghastly Times Square Ass-Whooping

Jake Rullman ?@jakerullman  21h21 hours ago Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty got arrested in Times Square. The mascots had to pull together and have a family meeting.

The brawl occurred after cash was handed over to Hello Kitty and she was supposed to split the earnings with Minnie but didn’t, sources said.

Hello Kitty and Minnie Mouse were slapped with cuffs after they toughed it out over tip money in Times Square, police sources said.

Jiovanna Melendez, 40, who was dressed as Hello Kitty, and Sandra Mocha, 34, aka Minnie Mouse, got into a brawl around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to police.

Melendez, of Passaic, NJ, suffered a cut to her upper lip and Mocha, 34, of Corona, Queens, had an abrasion to the right side of her face, police sources said. Read the rest of this entry »


Les Paul’s 100th Birthday: Anniversary Celebration to Kick Off in Times Square

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June 9 is Les Paul Day

NEW YORK — A yearlong celebration marking guitarist Les Paul’s 100th birthday kicks off in Times Square next week.

Les Paul and his wife, Mary Ford, perform with their guitars. Paul, 94, the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, died, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 in White Plains, N.Y., according to Gibson Guitar. (AP Photo, file)

Les Paul and his wife, Mary Ford, perform with their guitars. Paul, 94, the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, died, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 in White Plains, N.Y., according to Gibson Guitar. (AP Photo)

It’ll begin with Neal Schon of the rock band Journey accepting a proclamation from the Les Paul Foundation declaring June 9 as Les Paul Day.

Organizers say other cities around the country also will declare Les Paul Day proclamations that day.

A 53-foot-long interactive mobile exhibition called Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience will then open to the public — for one day only before going on a national tour….(read more)

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[PHOTO] NYC, Times Square, 1918

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NYC Times Square: Emergency Agencies Practice Response To Nuclear Explosion

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Emergency Agencies are Practicing for a Disaster

The city’s Office of Emergency Management ran a training exercise Wednesday that simulated a response to a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploding at 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue in Times Square, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.

“What’s the message? Shelter in place, evacuate, seek medical aid. How would we do that? Social media, if it’s up and running.”

According to the exercise, 100,000 people were instantly killed; a wave of overpressure took down buildings for a half-mile radius and did damage for up to two miles; and a radiation cloud swept over the region.

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“We know a lot of this is going to be down for a time period, so we know that a big part of it would be radios. The best thing would be portable radios.”

— OEM Commissioner Joe Esposito

The drill’s scenario also included a shutdown of subway service and interruptions to cellphone service. Read the rest of this entry »


New York: Times Square, 1909

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[PHOTO] This Week in History: August 14, 1945: President Truman Announced Japan’s Unconditional Surrender, Ending World War II

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Official U.S. Navy Photograph. [Troopship returns], 1945. New-York Historical Society.

August 14, 1945: President Truman announced Japan’s unconditional surrender, ending World War II. American troops began returning to New York harbor soon after the German surrender in May 1945. Two million New Yorkers flocked to Times Square upon the announcement of Japan’s surrender on August 14, 1945, signaling the war’s end. While the Allies’ victory was widely celebrated, the country faced great losses; approximately 400,000 Americans were killed in the war, including 18,000 New Yorkers. (via)

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Got Wood? Man Dressed as Character from ‘Toy Story’ Arrested in Times Square on Sex Abuse Charges

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‘Woody’ Joins Infamous Ranks Of ‘Elmo’, ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Cookie Monster’ & ‘Super Mario’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Another costumed character has apparently been caught misbehaving in Times Square.

Jose Vasquez, 44, was charged with multiple counts of sex abuse and forcible touching after police said they saw him groping women in Times Square while dressed as Woody from “Toy Story,” WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported Friday.

Vasquez will be back in court on Jan. 21. His bond was set at $1,500.

The Times Square Alliance is now calling for greater regulations of costumed characters.

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The Future of New York?

Gritty 1970s pictures show New York City in decline as crime soared a hundreds of thousands fled to the suburbs

From the Daily Mail Reporter: The 1970s are considered a low point for New York City. More than 820,00 people fled the crime and an unreliable transit system over the course of the decade, moving from the city to the suburbs. The city went nearly bankrupt as Wall Street sputtered under the economic stagnation of the era.

Down time: The economy in New York City sputtered to a halt in the 1970s, leaving tens of thousands without work. These men were seen napping on a stoop on 30th Street in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood
Down time: The economy in New York City sputtered to a halt in the 1970s, leaving tens of thousands without work. These men were seen napping on a stoop on 30th Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood
Down time: This man waits for nothing in particular as he drinks a beer in the Bowery in Manhattan
Down time: This man waits for nothing in particular as he drinks a beer in the Bowery in Manhattan
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Leland Bobbe

Photographer Leland Bobbe captured the gritty, sometimes desperate nature of the men and women who populated New York in the 1970s.

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