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Times Square Too Bland Even for Howard Johnson's
October 13th, 2005

For New York Times columnist Joyce Purnick the boarded up windows of Howard Johnson’s in Times Square are a sign that the area’s revival is now complete.

For decades, the restaurant – known for its mediocre food and orange and turquoise decor – was a safe haven for tourists and New Yorkers who were overwhelmed by the crime and sleaze of Broadway. Now, with the area now as safe as Disneyland, it is no longer needed.

“This, with due respect to Howard Johnson’s, is great news,” writes Purnick. “It says so much about New York City. To say goodbye to this coffee shop is not merely to say goodbye to a relic. It is to bid a final farewell to aspects of a city that exist no longer, and yay to that.”

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