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Sit in a Lounge Chair Inspired by Times Square's X-Rated Past

By Maya Rajamani | August 24, 2016 4:07pm
 Three X-shaped chairs have been installed on a pedestrian plaza between West 43rd and West 44th streets.
Sit In a Pink Lounge Chair Inspired By Times Square’s ‘X-Rated History'
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TIMES SQUARE — The Crossroads of the World is paying homage to its X-rated past with a trio of lounge chairs set up for passersby to take a load off. 

The three pink chairs — which have been installed on a pedestrian plaza along Broadway between West 43rd and West 44th streets— are meant to seat up to four people each.

Times Square Arts unveiled the Juergen Mayer H.-designed “street furniture” installation, known as “XXX Times Square With Love,” on Wednesday morning.

“Mayer H. delivered for us a striking and original street furniture design that not only references Times Square’s X-rated history, but also offers users a very different way of looking at and sharing a place that, on average, is posted on Instagram no fewer than 17,000 times a day,” Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins said.

“In pedestrian plazas that can be overwhelming at times, XXX offers a clever and calming way to experience them that is new, while referencing the old,” he added.

Not long after their unveiling, passersby stopped to lounge in and snap selfies with the new chairs, which were “originally inspired by the ‘X’-like intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue that forms Times Square,” according to Times Square Arts.

The lounge chairs will remain in Times Square indefinitely, a spokeswoman said.

“Lying down on XXX allows for a completely different perception of Times Square and its media presence,” Mayer H. said in a statement.

“The view goes vertical while you are broadcast via many of the public webcams of Times Square looking down on you.”