Category Archives: social engineering

crowd control on the Brooklyn Bridge

    I read with dismay and consternation an article in the New York Times a day or two ago: “Want Fewer Crowds on the Brooklyn Bridge? You’re Not Alone” By Winnie Hu, The New York Times, December 8, 2017 … Continue reading

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a Manhattan jaunt

    Yesterday, Sunday, November 12, I set out from my house, intending to walk the whole perimeter of Manhattan. It is a walk of around 32 miles and is said to take 12 to 15 hours. I started from … Continue reading

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Fifth Avenue, Wednesday afternoon (where are the cars?)

          I took the above photo yesterday (September 20, 2017) on Fifth Avenue at 1:40 p.m. The photo was taken on a Wednesday afternoon on the avenue near 45th Street. In other words, in the heart … Continue reading

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is it possible (or desirable) to hold two divergent opinions at the same time?

      ‘is it possible to hold 2 divergent opinions at the same time’   A full, downloadable Word document is provided above.     *****************************************************   “I may indeed contradict myself now and then; but truth … I … Continue reading

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A Plan to Destroy Fifth Avenue

      Below: Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan on a weekday afternoon in February 2017. This is “traffic bedlam”? (See commentary below.)         Below: Fifth Avenue near 50th Street at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017. … Continue reading

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“Trump Takes Manhattan”

  re: “How Fifth Avenue Is Coping,” by Matthew Schneier, The New York Times, November 23, 2016 http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/fashion/fifth-avenue-holiday-shopping-donald-trump-tower-protesters.html     *******************************************************   The above referenced New York Times article is about the massive traffic headaches that have already been created – and … Continue reading

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Is the Brooklyn Bridge boardwalk too crowded?

        pedestrians on Brooklyn Bridge; photo by Roger W. Smith   ****************************************************   re: “Brooklyn Bridge, the ‘Times Square in the Sky,’ May Get an Expansion” by Winnie Hu The New York Times August 8, 2016   … Continue reading

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