August 18, 2008

Windows crashing in Times Square

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at August 18, 2008 5:43 PM

So now New York pedestrians have to worry not only about falling cranes, but plates of glass descending from the sky. To be honest that possibility had occurred to me while admiring some of the skyscrapers under construction, but it's still disconcerting to know that it happens. Luckily the New York Times has an article on strategies people are using to avoid the deadly objects raining from the sky in this city. Which mostly boils down to "don't walk under sketchy-looking scaffolding," a point which might have seemed obvious. On the other hand, it's difficult not to walk under sketchy-looking scaffolding around here.

Still, it's a little silly. Of all the ways New York can kill you, falling windowpanes are in the same category as giant monster attacks: sure, they seem scary, but the chances of actually being killed by one are low. In the latest instance (of falling glass, not monsters), no one was hurt despite the window falling in Times Square, on Sunday afternoon. Really, walking under construction sites is much less dangerous than, say, crossing the street, where the cabs will speed up to encourage you to move out of their way. (This is one of the more realistic aspects of Grand Theft Auto IV.)

Tags: New York City
Comments

Cabs and other cars too...

I'm torn between using "Walking on Broken Glass" and "Heart of Glass" for the new theme song to accompany walking in NYC. I'll have to go with the latter, as Blondie are actually from that city.

Posted by: Mason Porter | August 19, 2008 4:59 AM

When I first read the title of the post, of course I was assuming it was an electric billboard BSOD.

Posted by: Lemming | August 19, 2008 10:09 AM

Lemming: Indeed, the pun was intentional--and I've already seen that happen, albeit outside of Times Square proper (but only just).

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | August 19, 2008 4:54 PM
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