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.
Sidewalk Clock Outside Barthman Jewelers, Broadway and Maiden Lane, New York City 1947
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.
“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 »
Shot of the Transparent Car on display in the General Motors Building
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
“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 »
[PHOTO] This Week in History: August 14, 1945: President Truman Announced Japan’s Unconditional Surrender, Ending World War IIPosted: August 15, 2014
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)
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.
Photographer Leland Bobbe captured the gritty, sometimes desperate nature of the men and women who populated New York in the 1970s.