Lisa Steinberg was just a few months out of college when she was bound, gagged and stabbed to death in the office of a Gap store on West 57th Street near Broadway. It was January of 1992, halfway through David Dinkin’s only term as mayor of an increasingly anarchic and crime-plagued New York.
The murder rate had peaked at 2,245 in 1990. But the number of homicides climbed in the Midtown South precinct—which includes Times Square—reaching 11 in 1993. East New York’s 75th precinct broke the record that year for the most murders in a single precinct: 126.
When they aren’t meandering into bike lanes or fishing bills out of fanny packs to pay for pedicab rides, NYC tourists test the patience of their hotel staff in highly quotable ways. By logging guest chatter in their tumblr How May We Hate You, Times Square area concierges Anna Drezen and Read More
“This endorsement is music to my ears,” declared Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, clearly in pun-mode this morning as he stood between a drum kit and an Elmo character greeting passersby on a crowded corner of Times Square.
This seemed to be the motto of the today as Mr. de Blasio received the endorsement–and instrumental accompaniment–of Local 802, which represents musicians playing in Broadway musicals, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and other gigs.
The decline in New York’s murder rate might have bumped us off the “10 Most Dangerous Cities to Live In” list, but sometimes we worry that we’re being lulled into a false sense of security. In March, we walked through Central Park–alone!–after sundown, and when we got lost, we asked at least three different strangers for directions. (Our parents would be horrified–don’t tell them.)
And as we rush to and from work in Times Square, that veritable hotbed of thieves and anti-Semitic Elmos, it’s good to be reminded that despite the constant, visible police presence, we still need to keep ourselves vigilant.
Such a reminder came last night, as we were stepping onto Seventh Avenue and 44th Street, our minds a million miles away, until we noticed a man who had veered directly into our path and was standing in our way. He was wearing all black, with a black cowboy hat. For a dash of color, there were three gigantic, brightly dyed rats on his shoulder. A sign around his neck said “Tips for Pictures.”
“I’m worried about you,” the Rat King said.
“Trayvon did not have to die,” they chanted. “We don’t know the reason why.”
A crowd of thousands demanded justice for Trayvon Martin as the group marched en masse from Union Square to Times Square yesterday. Angry over George Zimmerman’s acquittal on all charges in the shooting death of the Florida teen, the protesters decried what they described as a starkly unjust ruling. The march culminated in a “shut down, sit down” protest in Times Square around 9.30 p.m.
Pretty in Paint
“There he is, folks: Anthony Weiner getting ready to be mayor.”
Despite the comments of one onlooker, the naked, orange and pink man in question was not, in fact, the mayoral candidate, but rather a model being painted by artist Andy Golub in Times Square.
In 2011, Mr. Golub was arrested twice for outdoor body Read More
Times Square may be a shining, slightly nauseating beacon of tourist activity and overpriced Mister Softee cones, but New Yorkers know that it still thrums with the bizarre and seamy elements that made it the place to not be in the 70s and 80s.
Case in point: The Read More
A 43-year-old man was stabbed in the chest in Times Square this afternoon, police sources told The Observer.
The incident took place in broad daylight just after 2 p.m. right outside the Disney store after two men who appeared to know each other began fighting.
The two men were seen arguing near 45th and Broadway, before one attacked Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Not just another brick in the wall: the first major exhibition to use LEGO bricks as its sole art medium opens today at Discovery Times Square. Created by contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya (who will show brand-new work), “The Art of the Brick” includes Yellow, an eye-popping life-size sculpture of a man made from thousands of Read More
Remember the crazy Elmo in Times Square? The one who was busted for his anti-Semitic diatribes? Well, he’s back, and this time his beef is with the Girl Scouts.
Dan Sandler, 49, was indicted yesterday for trying to extort $2 million from the organization, along with harassing and stalking a Girl Scout employee with “threatening” Read More