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- The New York Times is sponsoring a welcoming party for the GOP, which will be a "Salute to Broadway." Mayor Bloomberg said this would be instead of "bad cocktail receptions" that are usually held. The Times, emphasizing their commitment to the arts (especially near their Times Square office), will be giving the 13,373 delegates and their guests tickets to musicals like The Lion King, Wonderful Town, 42nd Street, Fiddler on the Roof, Bombay Dreams, and Aida (Newsday reports that producers are charging 25% less for tickets and that Disney is giving tickets for one show free). Before everyone starts worrying that the Times is losing its neutrality (or trying too hard to get those conservative readers), the Times in involved with the partnership that owns the Red Sox organization, which is sponsoring various Democratic convention happenings.


- Mayor Bloomberg is mad at the NRC director Mike Miller for discussing convention security arrangements "without knowledge." Miller said that many blocks radiating from Madison Square Garden would closed, which freaked out area residents and businesspeople. Bloomberg, who has maintained that any and all security plans would be handled by the NYPD, said, "What words in 'The Police Department will make any announcements and it's their responsibility' did I not make clear?" The Post points out that the convention is a "National Special Security Event," so the Secret Service is in charge, not the NYPD. But the two agencies are cooperating.

Times Square Phone Booth, pre-11 digit dialing

- Friend of Gothamist, Sarah Kunstler, and her sister, Emily, are in the process of a filming a documentary where New Yorkers call President Bush to air their opinions. People are given quarters to call the White House comment line from a payphone at LaGuardia Place and Washington Square Park South. The film, sponsored by the Documentary Campaign, a human rights non-profit, will be shown on the Documentary Campaign website during the convention. While some comments are compliments, many comments are along the lines of "This is the worst administration I've ever known. You're leading the country in the wrong direction." Emily told the Daily News, "We're hoping it continues to influence people to ask questions. We want people to see the difference between the two parties and get out and vote."

Gothamist on the 2004 Republican National Convention.