Mickey takes on Times Square
Thursday 25 May 1995
After years of false starts, a plan is now in place to rescue the famous intersection of Broadway, Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street from its current cast of sex-merchants, panderers and con-artists and turn it into a place for tourists and the family. Leading the redevelopment effort will be Disney.
While city politicians celebrate the scheme, purists who appreciate this city may mourn. The effect of it will be to disinfect an area that has arguably represented the essence of New York: its rawness, and even its aura of threat and sin. If not disinfection, then call it Disneyfication.
Disney, in partnership with New York developer, the Tishman Corporation, has been selected by the city to build a huge retail, hotel and entertainment complex on 42nd and Eighth. What is proposed is in three parts which together will make a pop-art extravaganza not for the faint-hearted.
At street level, there will be retail outlets topped off with a parade of giant neon displays. Above it will rise a 10-storey block of flats to be managed by Disney. With a jagged top edge, the apartments will represent a meteor that has crashed to earth.
Above the meteor, will soar a curving, 47-storey hotel tower. Designed by a flamboyant Miami firm of architects called Arquitectonica, it will be sheathed in multi-coloured glass, with a mirrored streak running down its centre. Thus the hotel will be the meteor's tail. Pixie dust will be released periodically from its base on to unsuspecting passers-by.
Nor will that be the limit of Disney's presence in the area. Next month, the company is expected to finalise a contract with the city to purchase and refurbish the historic New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street, to use for its own productions.
- 1 Student jailed for hacking University of Birmingham computers to improve his grades
- 2 Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 The most powerful passports in the world
Student jailed for hacking University of Birmingham computers to improve his grades
Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
Nepal earthquake: More than 1,100 killed across four countries and in Mount Everest avalanche
Royal baby: Live updates as the wait continues for Duchess of Cambridge's second child
Hermann Goering's daughter fails to reclaim items looted by Nazi deputy during WWII
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election
£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...
Voluntary: Cancer Research UK: We’re looking for someone to support our award ...