Empire State Building: Big Brother is Watching? (photos)
I love New York in the rain. This is one of my favourite pictures that Ice and I took recently in the area near the Empire State Building.
I didn’t see the figure standing on top of one of the buildings in the foreground when I took the pic - only noticed it once I had uploaded it onto the PC.
Who is this person, and what brought them to that spot? Could it be some smiling overseer, happy with his work and gazing down in satisfaction?
Or is there a sadder tale to tell here?
Just kidding of course ;-) Now here’s the real story on Manhattan’s midtown ledge dwellers:
Remember when the Madison Square Park Conservancy was all: these statues of life-size men bolted to ledges of tall buildings in midtown won’t cause panic amongst the masses below? Well the public art installation is proving to do just that.
According to the NY Post, the NYPD rushed to the Empire State Building yesterday after getting calls there was a jumper on the ledge… only to find a cast iron figure created by artist Antony Gormley. And this wasn’t the first call they’ve received—sources tell the paper that 911 gets daily calls regarding the statues. One officer said, “It’s a pain in the ass. It’s a waste of manpower. We’re short cops to begin with and we don’t have enough cops to waste answering calls of statues committing suicide.” Guards have told officers running in to the building: “No, honey, it’s just a freaking statue.”