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New York-Dublin video link back up and running after shutdown for misbehavior

A video link between New York City and Dublin that was shut down due to inappropriate behavior on both sides of the Atlantic has reopened with new security measures

NEW YORK – A video link between New York City and Dublin that was shut down due to inappropriate behavior on both sides of the Atlantic has reopened with new security measures.

The outdoor video link between the two cities, which opened on May 8 and went offline last week, reopened on Sunday and will operate between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. in New York, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Dublin.

Dublin City Council and Manhattan business group Flatiron NoMad Partnership organized the live-streamed public art installation called “Portal.” They said they installed more fencing on the New York side and took steps to prevent people from stepping on the sculpture and bringing their phones close to the camera lens.

“Now, if people step on the Portal and obstruct the camera, the live stream will become blurry for everyone on both sides of the Atlantic,” organizers said in a statement.

Organizers had advertised the exhibition as a way to “embrace the beauty of global interconnectedness.” It was stopped after videos of bad behavior emerged on social media, including an Onlyfans model in New York flashing her breasts and Dubliners holding swastikas.

Organizers said their adjustments “will ensure thousands of Portal fans enjoy the experience on both sides of the Atlantic.”

The exhibition is planned to be open until the fall.