Archive for the ‘Times Square’ category

Search and Rescue Dog Statue

January 14, 2008

I was walking on 50th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues (just above Times Square) and spotted this little statue off to the side.  It’s actually rather nondescript for such a loud-colored dog.


It’s a tribute to search and rescue dogs that was set up by the AKC (American Kennel Club) and Lehman Brothers.  It’s formal name is Bone-A-Fido Patriot and it was made by Gus Ramos.  The plaque reads “DOGNY  America’s Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs”.

A closer view:



Times Square Christmas Crowds

December 26, 2007

Just a quick post-Christmas post on Christmas crowds.  (How’s that for a little double-talk?)

I was at Times Square over the weekend just to check out how the crowds were looking.  At first, I thought it was a lot lighter than normal, but I was soon set straight on that. 


It was jammed.  Not as crowded as I’ve ever seen it, but busy enough.


Probably the only thing that surprised me was that the cops had successfully chased off the street vendors.  Usually, they thrive in the crowds, but they wouldn’t have fit here.


The vendors were around, of course.  They just weren’t on Broadway.  Go five feet off of Times Square and you’d run into them.


Times Square Restrooms

December 22, 2007

Last year, Charmin opened up some toilet facilities right next to Times Square.  Sometime in January they shut it down…and now it seems to be open again.  It’s the only public restroom facility I’ve ever known with people out there trying to get you to use the toilet.


And it’s the only place that I’ve ever known that has people dressed as toilets.


I hope they pay him a lot of money.

So, if you need to use a free bathroom while in Times Square, and if you’re here at the right time of year, make your way to 1540 Broadway and relax.


The New New York Times Building

October 23, 2007

The New York Times has moved to its new digs on 8th Avenue.  Right across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal.  Not a ritzy neighborhood, but who am I to complain?  The new building is between 40th and 41st Street.


The building is actually pretty big, but the Times only occupies part of it.

Oh, they have a “watcher”.


Who watches them from under the overhang?  Who stands vigil on the Gray Lady?


Yeah, that’s him.  Ralph Kramden:  bus driver, Raccoon Lodge treasurer, and dreamer (or so the plaque says).

This isn’t the first time that Ralph (aka Jackie Gleason) has show up in my wanderings.


A little too weird

September 24, 2007

Just a very quick post on the most unusual thing I’ve seen in a while.  I was on the subway recently and had to change to the Shuttle to get from Times Square to Grand Central.  As I was going through the Times Square station, the usual spot for entertainers was in use by a Michael Jackson impersonator.  I’ve seen him lots; he plays a DVD of MJ music and dances while in costume.  He’s very talented and quite a showman.

But…what about the group behind him?

A bunch of clowns.  At first I thought they had “dibs” on the space after the impersonator.  I’ve never seen such a group and thought their schtick might be a bit interesting so I stuck around for a couple of songs.  There was a break in the music (they passed the bucket, I gave a buck – hey, I took his picture) and the clowns just started walking around.  And it looked like the impersonator was far from done.

One of the clowns passed by me and I spoke up and asked him if they were doing some street performing.  “No,” he answered, “we’re just dressed up as clowns and walking around.”  (A little paraphrasing there as I didn’t write it down word for word.)

I presume he was just kidding me…but I’ve been agog with the idea that the next big fashion statement to come out of New York City is to dress like a clown.  America, are you ready for it?