September 14, 2013 |
New York police fired on a man who was acting erratically Saturday night at a busy midtown intersection in Manhattan, wounding two bystanders, according to social media and news media reports. “OMG just witnessed NYPD gun down a pedestrian in Times Square,” Kerri Ann Nesbeth, a witness to the shooting, wrote on Twitter. She posted a photo of a man, in blue jeans and a white T-shirt, sprawled on his back on the sidewalk, blood apparently staining the fabric around his right knee.
September 8, 2013 |
Soulful singer-songwriter Bruno Mars was named Sunday to headline Super Bowl XLVIII, which will kick off on Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The announcement came amid great fanfare during the Fox NFL Sunday broadcast, which was held live from Times Square in New York City and hyped the first full weekend of the pro-football season. Mars' selection had been predicted by The Times on Friday . According to the NFL, Super Bowl halftime shows are the most-watched live music concerts on TV. Previous performers have included Prince, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Beyonce Knowles was the featured singer this year, and her performance attracted more than 110 million viewers.
September 6, 2013 |
Robert Pattinson is wasting no time getting as far away from "Twilight's" Edward Cullen as possible. On Thursday evening it was announced that the British actor will star opposite Dane DeHaan in "Life" for director Anton Corbjin ("The American," "Control"). While the film marks one of many the actor has been cast in since the "Twilight" series ended last year -- including the recently wrapped "The Rover" with Guy Pearce and director David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars" -- this marks the first character in his post-Twilight career that's based on a real person.
July 25, 2013 |
It was only last October that boxer Orlando Cruz, after 24 years as a professional fighter and with nine knockouts to his credit, announced, in an effort to be "true to myself," that he was gay. Like NBA player Jason Collins, who came out publicly in April, and Robbie Rogers, a former member of the U.S. national soccer team who did so in February, Cruz took what was seen as a brave step given the macho culture of professional sports. At the time of his announcement, The Times reported that Cruz was believed to be the first professional boxer to declare that he was gay. FOR THE RECORD: Boxing: A July 25 editorial said boxer Orlando Cruz had been fighting professionally for 24 years when he announced he was gay in 2012.
July 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the White House will not play a role in any decision by the Justice Department on whether to file further charges against George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty by a Florida jury for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The not guilty verdict Saturday night sparked a renewed debate about race and justice, as well as prayers and street protests across the country, from marches in New York City's Times Square to a blockade of the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles.
July 15, 2013 |
In a way, part of the outrage had always been about public space: Trayvon Martin, 17, carrying a can of iced tea and a bag of Skittles, was walking home when he was shot dead after a struggle with a neighborhood watch volunteer who had viewed him as suspicious. The death shattered those in Sanford, Fla., who knew Martin, but eventually touched strangers who saw a question they would later pose about their sons all over the country: Could a black boy walk home in public without being suspected of a crime?
July 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- It could have been his son: That's why Troy Reed joined hundreds of protesters in New York City to speak out against what he considered an injustice. But as they marched from Union Square to Times Square, briefly stopping traffic, and then up the quiet East Side, Reed and some of the others were arrested. “That could have been my son; I had to march,” Reed yelled as officers cuffed his hands behind his back and guided him into a van with a handful of other protesters.
July 14, 2013 |
Demonstrators protesting Trayvon Martin's death amassed in New York City's Times Square on Sunday night after marching about two miles from an earlier rally at Union Square. As tourists looked on, the protesters chanted: “What do we want?” “Justice!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” The demonstration was one of many in major U.S. cities Sunday after George Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday night of murdering Trayvon Martin in Florida. After a protest Saturday night in Oakland turned violent, Sunday's protests were peaceful.
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.