Video portal connecting New York to Dublin goes terribly wrong

The project connecting New York and Dublin via live video portals fails after scenes become chaotic. — US News

A project intended to connect New York and Dublin via live video portals failed after scenes around the portals became chaotic, the HuffPost reported.

Last week, an eight-foot-wide, 3.5-ton circular screen was erected in each city, streaming live video from New York's Flatiron district to Dublin's busy O'Connell Street. and vice versa.

The Big Apple's public realm director, Ya-Ting Liu, marveled at how “two incredible global cities” were “connected in real time and space.”

Dublin Mayor Daithí de Róiste said he hoped his citizens would “extend an Irish welcome and friendliness to cities around the world”.

However, while some lovely interactions resulted from the portal, including a mother-daughter reunion and transcontinental dances, several people carried out inappropriate acts and displayed swastikas.

Some Dubliners used the portals to play a video of the Twin Towers in flames on September 11, 2001.

Dubliners show a video of the Twin Towers on fire on September 11 through New York-Dublin video portals. — X/@RestrictedVids

According cnnThe Dublin portal was temporarily closed after Dublin City Council announced it would be making changes to the portal to combat bad behaviour.

The New York-Dublin connection was the second set of portals to be built.

The first two were unveiled in May 2021 and link the cities of Vilnius, Lithuania, and Lublin, Poland.

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