Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Time Square Shooting

Bright, animated advertisements can be see every big cities in the world, Shibuya in Tokyo, Piccadilly Circus in London, but Time Square in Midtown Manhattan has more brighter, larger signs. These signs probably attract more eyeballs than anywhere else in the world. In fact, the LED billboard can be so lucrative that in the case of One Time Square, the whole building is left vacant with the exception of the retail floors below in order to show case the huge LED display that can be rented by the hour for as much as US$10,000 per hour. (In fact the building right across Sogo in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong is emulating a similar model.)

So what's worth blogging about here other than the photos?

The morning after these photos were taken, an incident of a gun fight happened right at the same place where the photos were taken. Shots were fired and the 25-year old gunman was shot down by plain-clothes police. It happened when the area was packed with tourists and the man was peddling illegal counterfeit items. The man failed to do more damage only because the semi-automatic MAC10 was jammed after firing 2 shots.

It's just too easy to get a powerful gun in the US.

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