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What Times Square Needs: Ikea!

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For those not yet tired of critical assessments of car-free Broadway in Times Square, here's one from the Times' Susan Dominus, who writes that the downmarket look of the plaza is "a little unworthy of New York." Go on, Suze: "The city may be reeling from recession, but the huge orange plastic containers and tatty hardware-store chairs give the sense that it's already letting itself go, like some Lehman Brothers wife who has not just forsaken her golden highlights, but given up on grooming altogether. Surely someone at Ikea could have helped the city ease this transition — maybe some witty, oversize umbrellas (sure, weighed down), or at least chairs that do not look like they are lonely for the company of pink flamingos." [NYT]