I know that this is more of a Christmas photograph, but it'll have to do. I hope you all have a great New Years Eve and a happy 2010!
I was walking to grab the 2-3 train at Times Square today around noon when I saw a small crowd of people being pushed back by a police officer holding a gate. Suddenly I was on 8th avenue and could barely move an inch, surrounded by everyone that had just been in the Square.
It was the result of a bomb scare, a false alarm caused by a white van without license plates parked in the center of Times Square. The scare caused the police to close a 3 block area for a couple of hours while a robot first examined the vehicle. It was then followed by the police who discovered that nothing was wrong.
While this was just a false alarm, it shows us how seriously the police are taking security right before the New Years, and how thoroughly they are checking out anything that is suspicious. It was very heartening to see how efficiently they worked in a situation like this.
A couple of billboards were removed during the renovation of the former Tenement Museum's Visitor's Center, revealing some very old posters. The first (above), now partially covered again, is a re-election poster for Mayor Vincent Impellitteri, who served between 1950 and 1953. You can also make out an ad for the Israel Orphan Asylum.
Below are ads for Assemblyman Louis Desalvio, who served between 1941 and 1979 and for Hersh's Sacramental wine, which shows the Jewish influence in the neighborhood in the 1950s.
I hope you all had wonderful holidays! I'm not sure right now if I'll be able to keep up the photo a day thing for the next week, but I will definitely try.
Well I missed out on the blizzard this weekend, but that's not going to stop me from putting up snow photos. This one is from last winter.
My brother and mom are stuck in Madison right now by this next Midwest blizzard. Let's hope they get back by Christmas.
I had to fly to Madison this weekend for my brother's graduation from college (congrats Bobby!) We ended up getting as lucky as one could possibly get this weekend, departing at 6AM on Saturday, a few hours before the blizzard closed Laguardia, and returning at 6PM on Monday after the blizzard had passed (we were told that some previous incoming flights had to be redirected to Albany because of the wind.)
On our return to Laguardia, however, we saw hundreds of people with much different travel stories. The airport was packed with dejected people, standing on long lines, slouched in seats, and lying all around. Our plane couldn't even land at a gate because they were all filled, and so we had to park on the tarmac and take a bus to the terminal. I can't imagine how bad it must have been for some of these people.