2019年11月11日 星期一

N.Y. Today: Move the Charging Bull?

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November 11, 2019

Should the Charging Bull Statue Be Moved?

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For 30 years, the Charging Bull statue has been synonymous with New York's financial district. The heavily visited tourist attraction sits on a pedestrian island surrounded by vehicular traffic in Lower Manhattan.

Last month, city officials informed the artist who made the statue that the city wants to move it a few blocks away, to a spot near the New York Stock Exchange where cars are prohibited.


Jane Meyer, a spokeswoman for the mayor, said in a statement, "We plan to move the bull to protect the safety of New Yorkers and are exploring locations near the Stock Exchange."

No date has been announced for relocating the statue. But should it be moved?

The context

Currently, city officials are rethinking how public streets should be utilized, from banning most car and truck traffic on 14th Street to addressing this year's surge in cyclist fatalities. For years, streets were designed primarily for motorists. Now, policymakers are giving more consideration to others who use that space.

The Downtown Alliance, which supports moving the statue, said the countless tourists that hover near it make the area difficult to navigate.

The precedent

The 18-foot, three-and-a-half-ton Charging Bull was first installed under a Christmas tree near the exchange on Dec. 15, 1989. The artist who made it, Arturo Di Modica, delivered it with no notice — or permission. He has called it a "gift of encouragement to New York and the world."


It was immediately removed. For a few days it sat in a lot in Queens. Then Mr. Di Modica negotiated with parks officials, and on Dec. 20, 1989, the Charging Bull was installed at its current location, on Broadway at the northern tip of the Bowling Green median.

In 2017, on the eve of International Women's Day, a new, privately funded statue — which became known as Fearless Girl — appeared opposite the bull. Mr. Di Modica objected to it, saying, "She's there attacking the bull."

Last year, Fearless Girl was relocated opposite the exchange.

The reaction

Mr. Di Modica opposes moving the bull. In a statement, he said the move does not protect the statue. He also said moving his artwork "will void my copyright and trademark turning Charging Bull into the New York Stock Exchange Bull."

Jessica Lappin, president of the Downtown Alliance, said in an interview that a new location near the exchange "makes perfect sense." If you walk by the statue now, she said, "it's kind of chaotic."


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What we're reading

A woman selling churros at the Broadway Junction subway station was arrested. Now, some city and state officials are questioning the policing strategy in the subways. [Gothamist]

New York City paid $15.5 million to settle sexual harassment and gender discrimination claims from January 2014 through January 2019. [Daily News]

A woman gave birth in the back seat of a taxi cab that was caught in rush hour traffic in Manhattan last week. [New York Post]

Coming up today

See a lineup of comedians at "Butterboy with Jo, Aparna and Maeve" at Littlefields in Brooklyn. 8 p.m. [$10]

Watch "Decade of Fire: Stay, Fight, Build," a film about the Bronx in the '70s, and join a discussion at the Diana Center in Manhattan. 6:30 p.m. [Free]

Learn how to use a solar telescope and watch Mercury transit the sun from the Van Cortlandt Nature Center in the Bronx. 10 a.m. [Free]

— Julia Carmel

Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times's culture pages.

And finally: Living inside the Chelsea Hotel

The journalist Aimee Farrell reports:

Few spaces inspire nostalgia for New York's free-spirited past like the red-brick Beaux-Arts Chelsea Hotel.

Yet, on his first visit to this fabled enclave of creativity, where Jack Kerouac wrote "On The Road" (1957) and Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin famously met in 1968, the New Jersey-based photographer Colin Miller admits to being unfazed.

"It just seemed like a grungy, rundown hotel," he says of touring the space in 2001.

It was only on his return visit to the building more than a decade later — on commission to document its latest round of renovations (the 250-room hotel has been under construction since its legendary former manager Sidney Bard was ousted in 2007) — that he first felt its significance.

"As I was shooting, I could see right into one of the apartments and it was wildly colorful," he says. "That's when I realized that there's still something really interesting going on at the Chelsea."

Initially conceived as a housing cooperative, the Chelsea first opened its doors in 1884 but was later reimagined as a hotel; a new owner evicted many longstanding residents in 2008, and the hotel stopped welcoming guests in 2011.

What Miller imagined would be a 10-month undertaking became a four-year mission to track down and win over some two dozen of the remaining inhabitants. His efforts are compiled in the sprawling new book "Hotel Chelsea: Living in the Last Bohemian Haven" (The Monacelli Press), out this week.

Rather than a swan song for a vanishing community, the project is intended as a heartfelt celebration of the Chelsea as it is today.

"It's not a eulogy," says the German-born writer Ray Mock, whose detailed biographies of residents accompany the pictures. "It's a document of a living building and the people who are making it their own."

It's Monday — take a second look at the buildings around you.

Metropolitan Diary: Parking lot

Dear Diary:

After dropping my husband off at the V.A. hospital in the Bronx, I went to look for a parking spot in the crowded lot.

Turning down one row, I saw a car ahead of me that also appeared to be looking for a spot. Bad luck, I thought.

I watched as that car slowly passed an empty spot before stopping. I figured the driver was going to back in, so I stopped as well.

As I waited, a car approached from the opposite direction. The car in front of me backed up as if to protect the empty spot.

When the car coming toward me passed, the car in front of me pulled forward again. I waited for the driver to back into the empty space.

After a few minutes, the driver got out of the car.

"Take the spot," he said.

He had been protecting it for me.

— Nina Blumenfeld

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