Let us face it, you will get lost

Yes, eventually, you will get lost exploring this piece of research, and that is okay. This labyrinth was designed with that intention too. Otherwise, what would be the point of a device like this one? Nevertheless, there is more than just a didactic reading-experience behind the usage of a labyrinthine structure for constructing this piece

Concomitance and dissimilarity

What can STS learn from Times Square for doing ethnography? Let us begin this section by exploring an ontological complication[1] (OC). This OC was stated in the noun of the sentence above, the main question this research adresses: STS. Is STS a valid subject? That question becomes relevant when brought in line with a couple

XXX Times Square with love

Times Square has a collection of fascinating pieces of furniture. Most of those furnishings were designed by well-known designers, architects or artists, so the combinations they projected onto those objects, a mix of usability, symbolism and aesthetic, blended with multiple possible responses to usability by the actors outside, make those elements interesting devices to be

Seducing and trapping

It does not matter what you may think about Times Square, you cannot deny the place has a strong ability to capture things: bodies, glances, capital, emotions, opinions. The plaza’s attractiveness is revealed in many scenarios: Its screens and media; its history; its many representations in popular culture; its location; its activity, tradition, tensions contradictions

Old man yells at cloud in Times Square*

If there is someone one can name as the “anti-pedestrian plazas of Times Square,” it must be Steve Cuozzo. Cuozzo, a writer, restaurant critic, and New York Post’s real state columnist, has turned himself in the most significant media contradictor of Times Square’s pedestrianization model. I made a compilation of 16 Cuozzo’s columns about Times

Locating, discarding, and taking a side

Location is everything here in this work. The dependence of meaning and sense on a particular place results from mixing STS with Urban Studies. Even when this dissertation aims to displace Times Square from its geographical version, the notion of spatiality continues to be relevant regardless of the media where this element is reproduced. In

Why Times Square

Why Times Square? This concern is a prevalent question that people ask me every time I talk about this research study object. Times Square now, the most stable version we have of this place, looks like a location where one cannot find anything serious for conducting academic work. On the one hand, it seems like

Embroidering times in the Square

If you visit Times Square on a daily basis, you may realize that most of the time, Times Square is not where it is supposed to be. In other words, it is a common situation to be in Times Square and yet to not see Times Square. Sometimes, you must take Times Square with you

Assembling an “urban something”

There is a short video I recorded in Times Square in summer 2019. The video shows a crowd of people looking at a screen. They are waiting for something. The situation is occurring at the corner of Broadway Avenue and 45th street. It is 19:53, and the screen is currently displaying some Netflix advertisements about

Lights still on

September 8-9, 2017 It was almost midnight and the air was freezing due to some sporadic showers during the night. I was seated on a black concrete bench in front of an empty spot undergoing remodeling between the pedestrianized Broadway Avenue and W. 47th Street. After midnight, when the area is less transited, a group