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May 3, 2010 |
How did the evacuation of much of the Times Square/Theater District affect the show on May 1?
Wasn't that about the time you were broadcasting live?
The smoking Nissan was only a couple blocks from the Town Hall but the police only evacuated Times Square as far south as 43rd, and our show was about a hundred yards east of that intersection. So we were utterly unaware and unaffected. The alarm was sounded around 6:37 p.m. but nobody told us and so we went giddily along. In Manhattan, Kansas, the whole town would've heard the sirens and word would've spread fast, but in Manhattan, New York, you can be a few blocks away from a major crisis and never know it. Water mains burst, windows fall out of skyscrapers, police find a Nissan full of propane and fireworks, and everyone, aside from immediate bystanders, just goes about their business. It's one of the beauties of the big city: isolation, privacy, loneliness.