“Last Chance” “Lost Our Lease” “Now Open” was proclaimed to be a “warning of the faltering economy.” Is anything going to happen of Oct 8th 2021? How many people are going to say “we lost our lease.” New York has some of the harshest lockdowns and thousands are being evicted from their apartments.. So it turns out it was a good idea to escape from New York long ago. Manhattan is an extremely restricted airspace, it’s theoretically impossible to get a permit to skywrite over the East River, especially 3 weeks after the 10 year anniversary of 911.
NewYork Dailynews: By BARRY PADDOCK |OCT 09, 2011
Cryptic messages written in the sky over lower Manhattan – part of a kooky art project – mystified and unnerved New Yorkers Sunday afternoon.
Just after 4 p.m. a plane wrote the words “Last Chance” in the air. The message was preceded by”Lost Our Lease” and followed by “Now Open.”
Some Twitter users thought the “Last Chance” message was a terrorist threat. Others assumed the Wall St. protesters were behind it.
“How to give New Yorkers a heart attack: skywrite ‘LAST CHANCE’ above the city,” tweeted Peter Mele. “Yeah, they’ll love it.”
“The sky says last chance,” another person tweeted. “I’m skipping town.”
The skywriting turned out to be sponsored by Friends of the High Line, the non-profit behind the wildly popular elevated park.
Artist Kim Beck, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh who lives part time in New York, chose messages from advertising billboards as cryptic comments on the faltering economy.
She watched the project, six months in the planning, from the High Line.
“Obviously people noticed,” she said. “Art is supposed to generate a conversation.”
Not everyone gave her concept rave reviews.
“There’s a skywriter over East River who is scribbling nonsense,” Brad Dickason tweeted.
“Call me crazy,” Allie Herzog tweeted, “but I don’t think ominously writing ‘Last Chance’ in smoke over NYC constitutes as ‘art.”
Some New Yorkers panicked.
“I was genuinely scared,” said Morgan, 29, an upper West Side actress who declined to give her last name. She was running with her boyfriend in Central Park when the messages began looming overhead.
“I was really concerned there was some sort of terrorist attack,” she said. “It’s so creepy.”
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