Remember the Time: New York’s Reaction to the Death of Michael Jackson

As most of the world already knows, the King of Pop passed away last evening after suffering from cardiac arrest, but how would the world react? There has been plenty of controversy with Michael over the past several years, but that seemed to all vanish on June 25th 2009. The world mourned the death of the icon especially all over New York City. The Apollo theater, the site where Michael performed at the age of 9, displayed the marquee “In memory of Michael Jackson, a true Apollo legend.” Reverand Al Sharpton gave his thoughts on the King of Pop as the crowd around him held pictures, imitated MJ’s moonwalk, and of course played his music. Times Square had a similar reaction as tons of people stared at the giant TV, while The Madame Tussauds wax museum moved actor Nicolas Cage’s statue from its front window and replaced it with one of Jackson. Spontaneous dancing and commemoration broke out in random parts of the city, like on 125th street where the hit “Billie Jean” was blasting. People from all different backgrounds coming from all different countries shared a common mourning in NYC as we lost a revolutionary icon who changed the face of music and will never be forgotten. Read more about the effect of Michael Jackson’s Death in NYC in the recent post by the Daily News here.

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