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Jane Dickson's paintings of New York's Times Square are gritty in both subject and substance. Vertiginous city views coldly illuminated in neon, many have been painted with oilstick on canvases roughed up with something the labels describe as Roll-A-Tex (probably "roll-on-texture"). Imagine colored chalks drawn on pot-holed asphalt, and you'll have some idea of the paintings' visceral look.
"Yeah, they cleaned up the neighborhood," announces Jojo, an ex-pimp now making his living in the "motion picture business." ("You should see the motion in my pictures.") "About time, too. Have to have it squeaky clean for Mickey Mouse." In "The Life," the musical that opened Saturday night at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Jojo (Sam Harris) is our suitably amoral guide to Times Square in the days before Disney moved in and the cleanup began.
December 16, 2005 | AL MARTINEZ
I am sitting in a room on the 14th floor of Hotel Hell, less than a block from Times Square, looking out at a veranda adorned with a shattered vodka bottle, two beer cans and a crumpled cigarette package. I am envisioning a previous occupant of the room lounging on the veranda in his underwear on a distant summer morning finishing the last bit of vodka, then tossing the bottle aside to smash against a metal railing.
May 3, 2010 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
A car bomb left in Times Square made of easily purchased items, including alarm clocks and gasoline, could have sent a "significant fireball" hurtling through one of the world's busiest tourist spots, police said Sunday as they searched for a man caught on film who might be linked to the failed attempt. The incident, coming months after a foiled plot by Afghan immigrants to blow up New York subways, underscored the vulnerability of heavily policed Times Square, which since the Sept.
May 31, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
Pakistani authorities have released a former Pakistani army major arrested in connection with the failed Times Square bombing in New York, saying they had determined he had no links to prime bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad. Adnan Ahmad was detained in mid-May on suspicion of having links with Shahzad, the Pakistani American accused of rigging a Nissan Pathfinder with explosives that he tried to detonate May 1 in midtown Manhattan. Pakistani law enforcement sources said investigators suspected Ahmad because they believed he and Shahzad had exchanged cellphone calls and had met once in Islamabad.
May 5, 2010 | James Rainey
Television and other media have been popping with news about the would-be bombing in Times Square and the arrest of a suspect, just as he attempted to jet out of the country. The fact the wanted man originally came from the Muslim world provided a chilling reminder, for anyone who needed one, that the United States remains a target for terrorists. The news arrived at an odd time for me, though, because I had been talking to reporters about a Muslim man entirely different than Faisal Shahzad — the kind of Muslim man who for years has faced incredible danger to support American journalism and a foreign notion known as freedom of the press.
June 24, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
It's one of the most iconic images to emerge from World War II. Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt's photograph of an anonymous young sailor in a dark-blue uniform dipping a white-uniformed nurse backward while giving her a long kiss in the middle of Times Square on Aug. 14, 1945, symbolized the euphoria surrounding the news that the Japanese had surrendered and the war was finally over. Edith Shain, a retired Los Angeles elementary school teacher who claimed to be the mystery nurse in the photo seen by millions around the world, died of cancer Sunday at her home in Los Angeles, said her son, Michael.
October 1, 1996
Cinema Ride Inc., a Studio City maker of 3-D theme park attractions, said it has opened a new $3-million 3-D theater and motion simulation theme park in Times Square in New York City. Cinema Ride is both the developer and the operator. The Times Square development is the third such attraction Cinema Ride has built. Two others, in Las Vegas and west Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, have opened in the last two years, chief financial officer Toufic Bassil said.
October 4, 2009 | Tina Susman
What rhymes with "Times"? Does it matter? Not to poets evoking the flair of Times Square, who stood behind a microphone on a gusty evening to read the winning entries in the Bright Lights Big Verse: Poems of Times Square contest. About 500 people competed in the recent effort to improve the image of the chaotic stretch of concrete once synonymous with petty crime, peep shows and sleazy shops. If the judges and winners -- whose work can be seen online at www.timessquarenyc.
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