The perp walk is a common custom of American law enforcement, the practice of taking an arrested suspect through a public place at some point after the arrest, creating an opportunity for the media to take pictures.
In 2011, the image of Dominique Strauss-Kahn being led by handcuffs by a team of law enforcement officers added to the international firestorm of how questionable the practice is. At the time, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not mince words: “If you don’t want to do the perp walk, don’t do the crime”.
Many would say that law enforcement agencies use perp walks for their own PR. For the officers, there is the prestige of escorting newsworthy (alleged) perpetrators. The most infamous perp walk was of Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas. He was shot by Jack Ruby as he was being perp walked through a parking garage.
In print too small to read, Bill Cunningham of the New York Times writes:
“ON THE RIGHT FOOT: Elaborately decorated sneakers are playing a starring role. A trend not unlike the highly embellished women’s handbags at the turn of this century, it is definitely a men’s thing, although women are showing variations. This winter, Saks Fifth Avenue devoted five prime windows just to sneakers. Some with wings echo Mercury, and others are decorated with chains or bones, and then there are sneakers with contrasting laces.”
It is difficult to trudge on snowy unplowed sidewalks
Early icy commutes to school on foot
Slipping and falling
Too slick to stand on, let alone travel over
Deserted classrooms, grumbling teachers
Befuddled politicians and bureaucrats
To open or to close, to open or to close
Parents splitting headaches
Stranded buses en route
Breakfast delivered to students stuck inside
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Call them “photographers for rent” or “personal paparazzi”… you can hire someone to capture your travel journey or out-in-the town-adventure frame-by-frame. (http://blog.flytographer.com/category/nyc/)
In Brooklyn, the No. 3 subway line ends at New Lots Avenue, where passengers descend from the elevated tracks to what used to be a nasty intersection, trafficked by prostitutes, drug dealers — “You name it,” as Eddie Di Benedetto, the owner of Caterina’s Pizzeria, put it the other day.
Not long ago, a coalition of local merchants and community leaders turned to the New York City Department of Transportation, which runs a program to make traffic circles, triangles and streets into pedestrian plazas. The department brought in some potted trees and chairs, closed off a short street and voilà, what had been a problem became a boon. Since the plaza opened last summer, crime has plummeted, Mr. Di Benedetto told me, crediting the local police precinct. He heads the New Lots Avenue Triangle Merchants Association.
“People use the place all the time now, meaning the area is watched and safe,” he said. “I’ve had my pizzeria since 1971, so I can tell you, this is a renaissance.”
From: “A Street Corner Serenade for the Public Plaza” by Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, June 2, 2013.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/arts/design/a-prescription-for-plazas-and-public-spaces.html?_r=0