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Dublin launches portal linking to New York

Futuristic portal connects cities in real-time


A cutting-edge installation has forged an unprecedented link between Dublin and New York City, enabling continuous real-time interaction among residents and visitors alike.

According to a report on Euronews, dubbed the 'portal', this innovative setup boasts a 24/7 livestream showcasing the vibrant activities of both cities, transcending geographical boundaries and fostering a sense of global connection. The inauguration of this groundbreaking initiative was met with enthusiastic crowds in Dublin, underscoring the profound historical and cultural ties between the two metropolises.

"We are thrilled to facilitate this connection between Dublin and New York, cities that share a rich heritage and enduring camaraderie," remarked Dublin's Lord Mayor, Daithí de Róiste, during the portal's launch event. He further revealed plans to expand the portal network to include additional global destinations, including Poland, Brazil, and Lithuania, in the coming months.

At its core, the portal represents a beacon of unity, symbolizing the collective aspirations of communities to bridge divides and embrace diversity. Conceived as part of Dublin's designation as the European City of Smart Tourism 2024, the project embodies the vision of its creator, Lithuanian artist Benediktas Gylys, who envisions portals as gateways to transcultural dialogue and understanding.

Since its inception, the portal has captured the imagination of Dublin locals, who flock to witness glimpses of life in New York City firsthand. From heartwarming reunions to spontaneous exchanges, the portal has become a hub of human connection, transcending physical boundaries and fostering cross-cultural encounters.

In one notable instance, a Dublin resident was captured on camera attempting to exchange contact information with a newfound acquaintance in New York, while another scene depicted a touching reunion between an American student and their mother across continents.

However, not all interactions have been smooth sailing, as evidenced by a video circulating on social media depicting law enforcement intervening to address disruptions near the portal. Nonetheless, the overwhelming response to the portal has been overwhelmingly positive, with its creators emphasizing the organic nature of human interaction and the power of shared experiences to transcend borders.

For those eager to experience the portal firsthand, it can be found in Dublin's bustling O'Connell Street, against the backdrop of iconic landmarks such as the GPO building and the Spire. Meanwhile, in New York City, the portal awaits at the Flatiron South Public Plaza, offering a glimpse into the bustling intersection of Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street, adjacent to the renowned Flatiron Building.

With the portal set to remain operational until autumn, visitors and locals alike are invited to partake in this extraordinary journey of connection and discovery, reaffirming the timeless allure of human connection in an increasingly interconnected world.

[With information sourced from Euronews]

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