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"Spectacles" witnessed in your lifetime?

What spectacles have you witnessed in your lifetime?

Once I was at the subway and these security guards backed this guy against the wall because he was using counterfeit fares.

by Anonymousreply 1402/02/2013

car in front of me went under a truck. One dead, one hurt.

by Anonymousreply 101/31/2013

[quote] Once I was at the subway and these security guards backed this guy against the wall because he was using counterfeit fares.

The bar has been set low if this is a spectacle.

by Anonymousreply 201/31/2013

Not sure how you define spectacle, but here goes.

The panic which ensued when Sara Moore took a shot at Pres. Ford in San Francisco way back when.

The Candlelight march on the evening of the Milk assassination.

Launch of the shuttle with the Hubble from the Cape.

by Anonymousreply 301/31/2013

There was this low-flying jet, so I looked up and...

by Anonymousreply 401/31/2013

The AB101 veto riot in San Francisco

The AB101 protest rally at Stanford

by Anonymousreply 501/31/2013

The Oakland firestorm of '91

by Anonymousreply 601/31/2013

I saw the Twin Towers collapse in front of my eyes.

by Anonymousreply 701/31/2013

First WTC bombing

Second WTC attack

Cars on East River Drive near Gracie Mansion being evacuated by boat in Nor'easter of 92

East River flooding First Ave in Dec 92

Several presidential motorcades and Popemobile passings

Guy swinging machete running down 34th st , hitting people

Homelessness epidemic 1980s-mid 1990s

Gentrification of my neighborhood, loss of home. Loss of homes by about 40% of people in my building as it turned from middle-income rental into "luxury condos."

Rudy Giuliani parading down street with Judith Nathan followed by half the NYC press corps

Aftermath of crane collapse as workers freed Brigitte Gerney

Multiple windings in stores that were near subway stations (wilding was real, even though it wasn't what happened to the Central Park jogger).

Change of Central Park from seedy, weed-and-scrub landscape place populated by scarey drug dealers, muggers and packs of teens into a beautiful, safe urban oasis studded with lovely gardens and quiet zones.

I'm sure I'll think of others.

by Anonymousreply 801/31/2013

Election night 2008, Grant Park

by Anonymousreply 901/31/2013

I once went to the Polo Lounge and met Swifty Lazar.

by Anonymousreply 1001/31/2013

I agree with R3 - not sure about OP's definition of spectacle.

Liza at the Palace. Now, THAT was a Spectacle!

by Anonymousreply 1101/31/2013

SUV speeding past me at a high rate of speed blowing a tire and losing control. It was all over the road and all of us other drivers were swerving to try avoid it's path and each other. It ended up flipping and landing on it's side. It was absolute chaos and miracle that other cars didn't end up involved.

by Anonymousreply 1201/31/2013

Lately, every accident filmed from our local TV stations' helicopter.


by Anonymousreply 1302/01/2013

I was jaywalking with a bunch off people and a woman right in front of me was wiped out by a car going at considerable speed. I've never seen anything like it up close,before or since.

by Anonymousreply 1402/02/2013
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