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For New York to Get Better, Times Square Has to Get Worse


The sensory-overloaded tower will offer visitors the chance to do quite a lot, all in one place: They will be able to sing along with a hologram of their favorite pop star, spend their cryptocurrency, marvel at ever-changing digital art on the walls and dine on a 10,000-square-foot outdoor terrace. It will be an enviable perch to gaze out at Times Square, a neighborhood that before the pandemic represented 15 percent of the city’s economic output in just 0.1 percent of the land area.If it sounds like an amusement park in the middle of Manhattan, that is the point. The developer, David Levinson, has described the new building as a “vertical Disneyland.”In an i …

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