Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Times Square now a different kind of scary.


(click images for close-up scariness)
For two years back in the late 80s, I walked through Times Square twice a day on the way to and from my proofreading job at an accounting firm. I saw rush-hour muggings, hideous hookers pulling up skirts to expose vaginal regions, and guys jerking off on the sidewalks in front of the plentiful smut palaces. While I don't really long for those halcyon days, I don't dig the new tourist-friendly Times Square, either. The bad-walking tourists themselves are bad enough, but the video ad billboards are really disturbing—in particular the above screen on the M&Ms World store. This green M&M chick (or, I guess, guy wearing guy-liner and green lipstick) makes bedroom eyes at you, her/his eyes blinking and following you as you walk by. She/he/it is truly creepy.
previously in Times Square ads:
1. Coming in 2012: The Target® Freedom Tower.
2. The importance of Times Square billboard juxtaposition.
3. Hey, where's her iPod?

3 Comments:

Blogger Jetpacks said...

That M&M has a World Store in Times Square is pretty creepy all by itself.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

It's only a matter of time before we see a skyscraper built entirely out of Lego bricks.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah yes, good old times square in the 80s. i was there too. not as a hooker i hasten to add.

it was like something out of Bladerunner. funny how new yorkers reminisce about it now. glad you're not. it was crap.

11:19 AM  

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