Volume 80, Number 52 | May 26 - June 1, 2011
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933

Photos by Jefferson Siegel

It’s the end of the world as we know it…or maybe not
The end of the world a.k.a. the Rapture was supposed to occur on Saturday. Large crowds gathered in Union Square (where else?) for the event. At 6:27 p.m., as it started raining, the crowds dispersed, perhaps to head for their “last suppers.” Chinatown resident John Press rode his bicycle to Union Square, where he mounted a cross, above left. “I think comedy is close to the profound,” he said after dismounting safely. “It’s such a symbol. To mock it is to show how deep it is. But, I’m a serious atheist,” he added. Above right, all that was left of someone who presumably was saved was his clothes.

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