On Wednesday, January 12, Van Alen Institute offered a revealing look at the personalities and politics behind VAI’s 1999 competition TKTS2K. As the third and final panel in our Ideas at Work series, the event chronicled the redesign of the iconic TKTS booth in Times Square, which spurred a novel approach to the re-activation of public space at the busiest pedestrian intersection in New York City. Many thanks to our moderator Claire Weisz (WXY), and panelists Marshall Berman (City College of New York), Tim Tompkins (Times Square Alliance), Victoria Bailey (Theater Development Fund), and Jack Goldstein (Actors’ Equity Association), who charted the social, urban, and institutional forces that converged at a perfect historical moment to create a new landmark for New York.

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