Monday Wut Wut: An icon worth keeping

It seems that over the last couple of decades that age of the icon is coming to an end. The people who used to appear larger than life and inspire those around have been replaced by an ever increasing idenitkit line of celebrity, where the only way to be noticed is to be more outrageous than the last.

It seems that some people are only too happy to take that spot in the limelight and then try and occupy it as long as possible. But as they strove to the top, its getting harder and harder to stay there and the next few of bright pretty young things is always around the corner biting at their heels. But let's be honest, they are not icons, they are just the day's passing fancy.

It's not only people that have the same problem, several things are taken apart in the name of progress. As if to say that if an idea has been around for too long, then there is a new more improved idea that will always be better. That's not to say that all old ideas are good, some are most definitely better off left behind and lost in the annals of history.

The reason for my ramblings is that I saw the new Routemaster bus over the weekend. An icon of Britain and, in particular London, an icon that was known worldwide. But some people decreed that because it was old, there were better ideas, more efficient ideas that could take its place.

Some people have no emotion in their hearts.

The original idea moved from beyond just a bus to being a classic design and icon. It was well liked, because it did the job well, but it was not enough for some, who inisisted on getting rid of them to forward their own agendas and allow them and what they wanted to be the icon that followed. The bendy buses carried more people and were more efficient, and costworthy. But the danger to cyclists, other vehicles and unsuitability to some of the streets of London meant they were never liked.

Most people I know are looking forward to going back. With a slighty different style, the original icon will return and I think people will feel better for it. Sometimes its worth keeping something for how it makes you feel.

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We do have some icons left though. NYC still has 4 I can think off and 1 that truly inspires. The Statue of Liberty is still an inspiration and about as iconic as anything in the world. The Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building & the Brooklyn bridge all inspire in their own way.

Big Ben stills stands out as does the London Eye. Is the Eye iconic yet?


San Francisco has hung onto its iconic Trolley's and of course have the Golden Gate Bridge.

LA has its smog still

Well, I heard somewhere they still have the Eiffel tower!

How about things like your average NY subway station, or one of those Paris Metro (that's their subway) entrances, with the classic iron-and-doodads motifs?

Or for that matter, Ray's Famous Original Pizza -- pick any one!

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Well, I heard somewhere they still have the Eiffel tower!

How about things like your average NY subway station, or one of those Paris Metro (that's their subway) entrances, with the classic iron-and-doodads motifs?

Or for that matter, Ray's Famous Original Pizza -- pick any one!
Grand Central Station is still awesome though that is one only locals would know. Yankee Stadium (II) is a newly minted iconic stadium that matches the old well. They are beginning to build a new Penn Station to rival the classic original one that city modernizers without heart or soul destroyed senselessly. They are actually 100s of iconic things in NYC alone. From the LOVE sculpture and the Wall Street Bull to Rockefeller Center.

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They are beginning to build a new Penn Station to rival the classic original one that city modernizers without heart or soul destroyed senselessly.
People actually liked Penn Station? My years in the city were in the 1990s, mostly so maybe it was too late, but I just associate that place with being a miserable open toilet.

ETA what do you mean Grand Central Station only locals? What did they blow it up, or something? I mean it's still there, I assume. Yeah, I guess you're right -- nobody really goes there unless you're catching a commuter train. Still, *North by Northwest*!

I still think your average NY subway platform counts as iconic -- what was that Woody Allen movie where they had the subway sign above the bed? That plus an average pizza joint -- can't watch a movie/TV set in NYC without seeing that.

HEY WAIT A DAMNED MINUTE!

The OP was talking about iconic people! You tricked me, whatexit! More Cary Grant/John Wayne rather than Monument Valley!

Well, whatever, I stand by my "contributions."

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They are beginning to build a new Penn Station to rival the classic original one that city modernizers without heart or soul destroyed senselessly.
People actually liked Penn Station? My years in the city were in the 1990s, mostly so maybe it was too late, but I just associate that place with being a miserable open toilet.

ETA what do you mean Grand Central Station only locals? What did they blow it up, or something? I mean it's still there, I assume. Yeah, I guess you're right -- nobody really goes there unless you're catching a commuter train. Still, *North by Northwest*!

I still think your average NY subway platform counts as iconic -- what was that Woody Allen movie where they had the subway sign above the bed? That plus an average pizza joint -- can't watch a movie/TV set in NYC without seeing that.
Penn Station was torn down in 1963 for the crappy open toilet it is now. They plan to make a new station out of the post office across the street that was designed by the same architect and built in the same style. Old Penn Station was by all reports magnificent and an awesome entryway for those coming to NYC.





Comparing the new and the old Penn Station, renowned Yale architectural historian Vincent Scully once wrote, "One entered the city like a god; one scuttles in now like a rat." This feeling, shared by many New Yorkers, has led to movements for a new Penn Station that could somehow atone for the loss of an architectural treasure

Thanks for that -- I used to have some Dover books like *NY Then and Now*. I never understood that Penn Station was anything other than a place to get hepatitis.

It's still about the shittiest place in Manhattan, though. Unless you want to score exotic drugs like H or pastrami sandwiches.

Well many older New Yorkers that can remember the old station, and people like me that just like the idea of Penn Station as the front entrance of NYC, are hoping the plans to build a new Magnificent Penn will happen. It looks as if this will happen and Madison Square Garden will move yet again to get out of the way.

Eh, MSG is just one big parking lot. It was great when Phish came, though. Not.

Still not sold on the whole penn sta. thing though -- the pictures are bitching, but, come on, "iconic"? Brooklyn bridge got way more awesome than that. Obviously, Empire State bldg. fucking Times Square. fucking A the library at 47th with the lions. Washington Square!

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Eh, MSG is just one big parking lot. It was great when Phish came, though. Not.

Still not sold on the whole penn sta. thing though -- the pictures are bitching, but, come on, "iconic"? Brooklyn bridge got way more awesome than that. Obviously, Empire State bldg. fucking Times Square. fucking A the library at 47th with the lions. Washington Square!
Also the American Museum of Natural History, The Guggenheim, The Flat Iron Building, Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, One World Trade Center will become one, also that subway exhaust grate that blew up Marilyn Monroe's dress. OK, maybe not the last one.