Day 61: Times Square, New York City, NY, United States of America
In my earlier post about the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, I talked about my fascination for this city.
When I stayed in NYC, I stayed in a hostel on 45th Street, The Big Apple Hostel, which was just around the corner from Times Square, a site that attracted me for its role in so many films I had seen growing up.
One of the films that impacted me greatly was a 1980 film of the same name – Times Square. The story is about two girls who become friends and start a punk band. One of the girls is a street kid and the other one is from a wealthy background. At the time, I was a young teenager myself and the energy of the music, the story of the girls and the city itself captured me.
To walk around Times Square is like being in a film, there are people everywhere, the lights flash brightly, yellow taxis flood the streets and the steam rises from the pavement.
Mr Wikipedia says that:
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 + Leisure magazine Times Square is the world’s most visited tourist attraction, hosting over 39 million visitors annually.
I understand that in 2009, Times Square is now primarily a pedestrian only area, which would make it an even more entrancing place to visit. Maybe it is time to go back.