New York-Dublin Portal Shuts Down Due to Inappropriate Behavior

There’s always someone who has to ruin things. A live stream video connecting New York to Dublin has been shut down due to what organizers said were “instances of inappropriate behavior.”

The Portal, designed by artist Benediktas Gylys, went live on May 8, 2024, and streamed real-time video between New York’s Flatiron South Public Plaza and North Earl Street in Dublin, Ireland. While the installation was meant to be a cool way for the cities and their people to connect, it ended up causing more trouble than it should’ve.

The installation’s sponsors, Flatiron NoMad Partnership, the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program and the Simons Foundation, shut the 24-hour video feed off on May 14, 2024, after several incidents of “inappropriate behavior.”

“The overwhelming majority of visitors have behaved appropriately and experienced the sense of joy and connectedness that this work of public art is intended to evoke,” the Flatiron NoMad Partnership said in a statement. “Instances of inappropriate behavior have come from a very small minority of Portal visitors and have been amplified on social media.”

The reported instances of “inappropriate behavior” included swearing, nudity and display of images from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. One woman tried promoting her Only Fans by flashing her breasts to the Portal shortly before it was eventually turned off.

The Dublin City Council said it is investigating solutions to curb inappropriate behavior on the Irish side of the video feed. The Flatiron NoMad Partnership said solutions being considered include software updates to block certain images from being sent out, increasing on-site staff and erecting barriers to prevent visitors from getting too close to the camera and screen.

Organizers said the plan is to have the Portal back up and running soon.

Source: https://www.euronews.com/travel/2024/05/14/dublin-and-new-york-are-now-connected-by-a-portal-and-locals-are-using-it-to-flirt-with-st