June 28, 2013 |
Not too long ago, Culture Monster chatted with Theatre Development Fund's David LeShay about its popular TKTS booth in Times Square turning 40. TDF, he said, would soon be offering a new “mystery service” in addition to the same-day seats on and off-Broadway it's been offering theater-goers, at a discount, since 1973. Well, TDF finally revealed its big secret. Keywords? “Avoid.” And “lines.” TKTS will now offer a Fast Pass that allows booth patrons making a second purchase within seven days to cut to the front of the line.
June 21, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- There are many ways to celebrate the longest day of the year -- dancing around a maypole, partaking in fertility rituals, joining a Druid ceremony. And then there are those who chose to do yoga. Outdoors. In the middle of one of the busiest intersections in the world. With thousands of strangers. Friday, around 16,000 people trekked to New York's Times Square to participate in Solstice in Times Square, an annual event where the flexible and not-so-flexible do positions like "downward facing dog" in front of hundreds of tourists, all to find inner peace -- and get a free yoga mat at the same time.
June 18, 2013 |
A bicycle-riding bomber who attacked a Times Square military recruitment station may have been involved in two similar unsolved bombings in New York City, the FBI and police said Tuesday as they released video of the suspect and offered $65,000 for information leading to his capture. The video runs for 7 minutes and 8 seconds and shows the bomber cycling down 7th Avenue through the heart of Times Square at 3:38 a.m. March 8, 2008. When he reaches the Armed Forces Recruiting Station at 43rd Street, he places the bomb near its entrance, lights a fuse, and pedals away.
June 17, 2013 |
Several treasured works of art at the Detroit Institute of Arts -- including an 1887 Van Gogh self-portrait and Giovanni Bellini's “Madonna and Child” -- are safe from being sold off for the time being. Michigan's Atty. Gen. Bill Schuette asserted his formal opinion that the museum's art collection could not be sold by the city to help pay off its massive $15 billion to $17 billion in debt. The collection is held in charitable trust for the people of Michigan, the attorney general wrote.
June 14, 2013 |
Let's face it: Theater lovers don't always plan in advance. Sometimes the yen for a glitzy, high-heeled hit such as “Kinky Boots” just washes over you unexpectedly. Which is why the mega-popular TKTS booth in Times Square -- which turns 40 this month -- has become a landmark for procrastinating tourists, not to mention budget-minded arts lovers. Founded by the Theatre Development Fund in June 1973, TKTS offers theater-goers same-day seats on and off-Broadway at a discount. The drawback?
May 24, 2013 |
The world's largest Lego model, an X-wing starfighter, has landed in Times Square with enough cockpit space for Luke Skywalker. The life-size model weighs 46,000 pounds and spans 43 feet from tip to tale, which is about the size of the ship Skywalker flew to battle Darth Vader in “Star Wars.” Thirty-two people, dubbed “master builders” by Lego, spent 17,000 hours assembling more than 5 million bricks to make the model at the company's headquarters...
May 18, 2013 |
“Arrested Development” fans seeking out the replica of the famous banana stand that's touring the country can see pictures of it in Times Square, at Yankee Stadium and the Tower Bridge in London. But the town that plays host to the stand in the comedy series? Maybe not. A spokeswoman for Netflix, which is releasing new episodes of the show on May 26, told The Times' Michael Miller on Friday that the company has no immediate plans to bring the stand to Newport Beach . Newport is not only home to the fictional stand, but it's believed to have had the first frozen banana stand in the 1940s.
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May 17, 2013 |
A neck tattoo on Caleb McGillvary, also known as Kai, was what helped a New Jersey resident lead police to the animated hitchhiker wanted in connection with a slaying, New Jersey prosecutors said Friday. McGillvary, 24, the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker of “Smash, smash, suh-mash!” fame, was arrested in Philadelphia on Thursday night at a Greyhound Bus stop. Authorities in Union County, New Jersey, named the couch-crashing drifter as a suspect in the death of New Jersey attorney Joseph Galfy.
April 26, 2013 |
If late bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev attacked the Boston Marathon with an aim to draw attention to Muslim suffering in Chechnya, his ancestral homeland, he succeeded. Or if, as alleged by some who knew him, he was angered by U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, those grievances have been widely aired, analyzed and discussed in every facet. Tsarnaev's name and that of his younger brother, Dzhokhar, have dominated headlines for more than a week, elevating the young men and whatever political motives they might have had to worldwide notoriety.
April 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Top New York officials announced that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, arrested in the Boston Marathon bombing, told federal interrogators that he and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had planned to drive to Manhattan and set off another series of explosions in Times Square. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the Tsarnaev brothers had six remaining improvised explosive devices and, after realizing they had been identified from surveillance images in Boston, spontaneously decided to drive to New York and set off those explosives.