Expanding a corner in Times Square. First approach

Around seven and a half in the morning, a man dressed red is dragging a kind of metal rack with wheels around the northern part of Duffy Square. The rack contains twenty-two chairs and sixteen tables. All of them are metal painted red. He stops near the TKTS booths and starts to organize first the… Continue reading Expanding a corner in Times Square. First approach

Counterfeit cigarettes domesticating a place in Paris. Looking for dragons… (III)

The social, more than being understood as a specific domain (Latour, 2005), is presented here as both a movement and a capacity for making associations. Those associations are composed of any elements, into specific and localized networks. The social, in other words, is the generic label for talking about an action where an undetermined number… Continue reading Counterfeit cigarettes domesticating a place in Paris. Looking for dragons… (III)

Looking for dragons in the streets of Berlin, Paris and New York City (I)

At least three times per week I like to play a game that I call killing dragons. The game is based on the famous cartographic sentence Hic sunt dracones, (here be dragons) that was used into some medieval maps to make a reference to unexplored territories. The activity consists in looking at the Berlin Transportation… Continue reading Looking for dragons in the streets of Berlin, Paris and New York City (I)

A hyperbole hyperbolizing

There is a Starbucks over Broadway Avenue, between the W. 43rd and the W. 44th Street that reminds open 24-7. The advertising on its facade is made by circular light bulbs, and the shape of the ceiling outside reminds the standard design of the entrance of an old theatre or cinema. Few blocks up, there… Continue reading A hyperbole hyperbolizing

Times Square is a magnetic place

It does not matter the opinion you may have about Times Square, you cannot deny that this is a place that has power for capturing things: bodies, glances, capital, emotions. The attractiveness of this plaza can be found in many different scenarios: Its screens and media; its history; its many reproductions in popular culture; its… Continue reading Times Square is a magnetic place

The yoga group

The Chinese woman came to me. Immediately after her “hello,” and without making a pause for letting me reply to her greetings, she started to tell me her story. She was not in Times Square as a tourist she was there working for a group which aim is fighting against the organ harvesting in prisons… Continue reading The yoga group

Looking for a free table. Some thoughts about territory and territorialization (II)

In the first part of this post, I described a territory being decomposed by the action of different groups that were acting there, creating temporal relationships among them and the space they were affected. In other words, I presented how some elements were territorializing (dominating and transforming) a specific place. In this second part, I… Continue reading Looking for a free table. Some thoughts about territory and territorialization (II)

Four vignettes of horses in the Square

One hour before midnight, sometimes earlier, some carriages are going to Times Square for working there. This activity is still legal in New York City, despite a few attempts for banning it (Neuman, 2017; Gould, 2018), and after 11:30 pm until three in the morning, it is allowed around the Square. During that period, the… Continue reading Four vignettes of horses in the Square

Decomposing the front yard of a library. Some thoughts about territory and territorialization (I)

Many years ago, when I still lived in the metropolitan of Medellin, I was a punk. And as a member of that subculture, I used to go with my punk friends to punk places. One of those places was a library. Well, the outside patio of the library: a big brightly and cemented area near… Continue reading Decomposing the front yard of a library. Some thoughts about territory and territorialization (I)

Why Times Square?

This is a very common question that people ask me every time I used to talk about the study object of this piece of research. Times Square now, the current version we have of this place, looks like a location where one cannot find anything serious for conducting an academic piece of research. It seems… Continue reading Why Times Square?