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"Crowds lined up and packed the Bryant Park skating rink Saturday night, seemingly unfazed by a violent attack a week earlier." (picture and caption courtesy

“The line outside the Bryant Park skating rink on Saturday night was at least 100 deep, the soon-to-be skaters waiting their turn as a seemingly endless flow of people circumambulated the ice, racing, kissing, all bathed in a pink light,” Julie Turkewitz reports at And this is a story because . . . ? “Any evidence of the violent episode from a week ago had long since been removed, and with it went any apparent concern of further violence.” was there first: “More than 2,500 guests filled the Midtown park on Sunday afternoon, only hours after a gunman wounded a 14-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man.” Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of a shooting is gone. “‘This is New York,’ said Oscar Collymore, 59, a security guard employed by Bryant Park Corporation. ‘A shooting doesn’t drive away the public.'” Unless, of course, an area becomes known as dangerous. Like Beirut back in the day. Or the East New York section of Brooklyn. Even then, what are you going to do? Get a gun? As if. If only.

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  1. Circumambulate. That’s what I’ll do. Right after I confiscate that reporter’s thesaurus for gross misuse of synonyms. Nobody needs that many syllables in a word.

      • HA! That totally made my day. Gonna have to remember that one.

        It sounds like something this New York Times writer would do in (or to) her pants if she ever caught sight of an actual firearm. But I looked it up, and instead it’s what she probably wants her beloved government to do with everyone else’s guns.

        This just in: Skaters circumambulate in temporal proximity to a recent mass absquatulation!

  2. What, you mean we’re supposed to just keep living our lives or something? The correct response to violence is to cower forever in fear of it.

  3. And what about all of those people who blithely go about their business at places where mass-high-power-assault-rifle-shooting have not YET happened? There should be a story about that too.

  4. Next week’s brilliant story: “Shooters Shoot After Skating!” Oh the humanities!

    And here’s another: Sob Sister Soils Her Panties. (Scroll down for two minutes to read the whole story)

  5. I spent a winter night under some shrubbery in Bryant park back in my college days. Nice place, but it was a total dump in the ’80s.


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