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Times Square News: Messages for the City, Ian Schrager, Marriage in Times Square and Freedom for Darknet Founder Ross Ulbricht Allowed

Times Square News: Messages for the City, Ian Schrager, Marriage in Times Square and Freedom for Darknet Founder Ross Ulbricht Allowed

Beginning April 17th Times Square Arts, Poster House, Print Magazine, and For Freedoms launched a citywide public art campaign featuring artist-designed PSAs and messages of love, gratitude, and solidarity with New York City’s health care and essential workers.

While images of an empty Times Square have become emblematic of how swiftly public life has shifted amidst this global crisis, the streets of New York City are not in fact empty. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers head to work each day to sustain our city, from healthcare professionals, city workers, sanitation staff, grocery store and bodega employees, delivery people, and more.

Radiating out from the screens of Times Square to the digital billboards above Lincoln Tunnel and nearly 1800 LinkNYC kiosks across all five boroughs, the initiative turns our city’s digital displays into platforms of public service and appreciation through the lens of established and emerging graphic designers and visual artists from around the world.

The initial phase, launched on April 17, 2020, featured work by over two dozen celebrated designers from around the world, all rallied by Poster House and PRINT Magazine. Phase two, began May 15, 2020, highlights the work of emerging and established visual artists and is led by For Freedoms, an artist collective dedicated to creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action.

A rotating display of designs will be on view in Times Square on an ongoing basis at the 15, 30, and 45- minute marks throughout each day. The digital spaces for this citywide initiative have been generously donated by 20 Times Square and Maefield Development, American Eagle, Branded Cities, Morgan Stanley, Silvercast Lincoln Tunnel, and LinkNYC.

For FreedoFor Freedoms Artists: Paula CrownNekisha DurrettAlixa GarciaG.O.N.G.Jenny HolzerChristine Sun KimKameelah Janan RasheedPedro ReyesDuke RileyXaviera SimmonsCarrie Mae WeemsChristine Wong Yap

Nekisha Durrett thumbnail We See You
Alixa Garcia First Responders thumbnail
G.O.N.G. thumbnail Viva Porque
G.O.N.G. thumbnail Esencial Para Todos
Jenny Holzer thumbnail Wash Your Thumbs Too
Jenny Holzer thumbnail Protect
Christine Sun Kim thumbnail Dear Essential Workers
Kameelah Janan Rasheed thumbnail
Pedro Reyes thumbnail We Will Kiss Again
Duke Riley thumbnail nurse
Xaviera Simmons thumbnail
Carrie Mae Weems Messages thumbnail
Carrie Mae Weems thumbnail A Little Distance
Carrie Mae Weems thumbnail Thank You
Christine Wong Yap courage thumbnail
Christine Wong Yap sacrifice thumbnail
Christine Wong Yap thumbnail Commitment

PPoster House and PRINT Magazine Designers: Ola BaldychSeymour ChwastPablo DelcanMatt DorfmanMilton GlaserJessica HischeJoe HollierMirko IlićMaira KalmanJohn KudosRoss MacDonaldBobby Martin and Jennifer KinonRichard McGuirePablo MedinaDebbie MillmanEmily Oberman and Lorenzo FantonGemma O’BrienEdel RodriguezPaul SahrePaula Scher and Jeff CloseStrick&WilliamsKlaas VerplanckeZipeng Zhu

Ola Baldych thumbnail
Ola Baldych masks thumbnail
Ola Baldych hands thumbnail
Seymour Chwast thumbnail
Pablo Delcan
Pablo Delcan French thumbnail
Pablo Delcan Chinese thumbnail
Pablo Delcan Hindi thumbnail
Pablo Delcan Spanish thumbnail
Pablo Delcan Italian thumbnail
Matt Dorfman
Millton Glaser thumbnail
Jessica Hische thumbnail
Joe Hollier
Joe Hollier bicycle thumbnail
Joe Hollier sidewalk blocks thumbnail
Joe Hollier multiple dogs thumbnail
Joe Hollier fishing pole thumbnail
Joe Hollier arm's reach thumbnail
Mirko Ilic thumbnail
Maira Kalman thumbnail
John Kudos thumbnail
John Kudos NYC strong thumbnail
John Kudos Up and Down thumbnail
Ross MacDonald thumbnail
Jennifer Kinon and Bobby Martin thumbnail
Richard McGuire thumbnail
Pablo Medina thumbnail
Debbie Millman thumbnail
Emily Oberman and Matt Varner thumbnail
Emily Oberman work for home thumbnail
Emily Oberman Hopefully Nobody... thumbnail
Emily Oberman only our hearts thumbnail
Gemma O'Brien thumbnail
Edel Rodriguez thumbnail
Paul Sahre thumbnail
Paul Sahre Shopwalk thumbnail
Paula Scher thumbnail
Klaas Verplancke thumbnail
Strick and Williams thumbnail
Strick & Williams chopsticks thumbnail
Zipeng Zhu American thumbnail
Zipeng Zhu thumbnail

Ian Schrager’s The Times Square Edition which opened last year in partnership with Marriott International, will close August 13th due to financial issues caused by the pandemic.

The hotel’s developer Maefield Development came into default with Marriott International, according to the report.

The 452-room hotel was already in financial difficulty, as well as Schrager’s  other hotels including the Herzog and de Meuron-designed Public.

Kyle Short and Meagan Herlilhy

Marriage in Times Square brought two EMS heroes fighting the coronavirus pandemic permanently bound together during a live-streamed ceremony on “Good Morning America.”

EMT Kyle Short, 26, and paramedic Meagan Herlilhy, 25, picked the balcony of the Hard Rock Cafe to say “I do” in front of the world.

The pair were chosen among thousands of couples to have their ceremony aired as part of a week-long segment for GMA showcasing love among the pandemic.

A week prior to this Amanda Stuart, a Texas nurse had to cancel her wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic, so she drop everything to fly to New York City to help on the front lines of the battle. Her bond with the other out-of-town nurses, became an wedding to remember. 

The nurses worked 21 straight 12-hour shifts and by the end of their shifts were despondent. Throwing a wedding put a spark into their lives.

Stuart, who is originally from Arkansas, met her husband, Ronnie Dooley, in 2011 when she was his dad’s ICU nurse at St. Michael’s hospital in Texarkana.

From the twitter of Free Ross

Freedom for darknet market founder and “Silk Road” founder Ross Ulbricht is on a billboard all over Times Square. Ulbricht was found guilty in 2013 of seven charges including drug trafficking, money laundering, computer hacking, criminal enterprise, and aiding and abetting the distribution of narcotics over the internet, and sentenced to two life sentences with no parole. “

“Silk Road” was an online black market and the first modern darknet market, best known as a platform for selling illegal drugs, human trafficking, child exploitation and so much more.

Even though Ulbricht is serving his 7th year in prison, he has still been contributing to the cryptocurrency community and publishes his writings online. The billboard, is scheduled to remain in Times Square for several months.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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