This week’s blog picture is from Times Square in New York.
I spent some hours in Times Square around 2 years ago during the evening the first time. I was standing there, breathing in all this madness. The colours, the powerful energy and many people from all over the world coming there for their marriage kisses or pictures or just to tick it off from their bucket list.
Here I was again, just yesterday. Now with a local New Yorker showing me around and enjoying the view from the stairs during the daylight. My guide told me that most locals who live here, try to avoid this square and crossroad as much as possible as it is so crowded most of the time.
For me this place felt so lively, full of opportunities, like a heart beating quick and restlessly, almost overwhelming, but inviting as well.
I was just thinking of the city of New York in general – so many facets, possibilities and so many things going on at the same time – movie festivals, dance performances, comedy shows, jazz concerts, art shows, fashion shows, book signings etc, etc. In this city if you are bored, it is your problem, because you do not choose to take a slice from the Big Apple;) I am very grateful for all of the slices I have taken so far within this week and my appetite just grows. It is like a viral infection. What fascinates me about this place is how multifaceted it is and how lively and multicultural. It has awakened me in ways I would never imagine, only with 7 days and it has been a huge crossroad in many ways. So which one to choose? What else is possible?
Here is a direct info from Wikipedia:
‘The Times Square is a major commercial intersection and a neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the junction of Broadway (now converted into a pedestrian plaza) and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Times Square – iconified as “The Crossroads of the World”, “The Center of the Universe“, and the “The Great White Way“ – is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry. According to Travel + Leisuremagazine’s October 2011 survey, Times Square is the world’s most visited tourist attraction, hosting over 39 million visitors annually. Approximately 330,000 people pass through Times Square daily, many of whom are either tourists or people working in the area.
Formerly Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed in April 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly erected Times Building – now called One Times Square – site of the annual ball drop on New Year’s Eve, a tradition which began on December 31, 1907 and continues today, attracting thousands to the Square every New Year’s.
The northern triangle of Times Square is technically Duffy Square, dedicated in 1937 to Chaplain Francis P. Duffy of New York City’s “Fighting 69th” Infantry Regiment; a memorial to Duffy is located there, along with a statue of George M. Cohan, and the TKTS discount theatre tickets booth. The stepped red roof of the TKTS booth also provides seating for various events. The Duffy Statue and the square were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.‘
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