I ❤ NY – Times Square


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Times Square with its many billboards.

When visiting New York City, there is no way you can forego Times Square at Midtown Manhattan. Times Square is the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and I am sure you have seen it both on TV and in several movies; this is where the ball drops every New Year’s Eve. This commercial intersection is brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, and if you have money to spend, you can spend it quickly here in the many shops, theatres and restaurants. It is one of the world’s busiest pedestrian crossings, but does not hold a candle to the Big Scramble (Shibuya Crossing) in Tokyo. (I have posted two videos from the Big Scramble in Tokyo here, but that post was written in Norwegian, so you might want to scroll down to the videos if you cannot read Norwegian.)

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This is where the ball drops!

If you are into the cultural stuff, you might want to catch a play or a show at one of the many theatres on Broadway. We were just a couple of days too late to catch George Takei’s musical “Allegiance”, which was the only musical we really wanted to see.

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Sir Nerdalot at Times Square

The junction was named Longacre Square until 1904 when it was renamed because The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly erected Times Building. Before and after the American Revolution, the owner, John Morin Scott, a General of the New York militia, owned and farmed the area and used it for horse breeding. His manor house was at what is currently 43rd Street. In the first half of the 19th century, John Jacob Astor owned the land, and made a fortune selling off lots to hotels and other real estate concerns as the city rapidly grew north.

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Old Mamasan posing for a pic at the Times Square.

In the 1930’s Times Square acquired a reputation as a dangerous neighborhood, a rep that would last into the early 1990s, due to its go-go bars, sex shops, peeps shows and adult theatres. Crime rates were high, and police morale was low. In the mid-1990s Mayor Rudy Giuliani led an effort to clean up the area; security was increased, pornographic theatres were closed, and “undesirable” renters were pressured to relocate. Rudy Giuliani was known to be “tough on crime” and is widely credited for major improvements in the city’s quality of life and rates of violent crimes. Still I did get the impression that he was not very well liked by the New Yawkers.

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Hustle and bustle at Times Suare

One of Times Square’s nicknames is “The Center of the Universe”, and that is understandable knowing that approximately 330.000 people pass through Times Square daily. Even though Times Square is not the center of my universe, I still highly recommend a visit here. It is a fun place for sure.

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9 comments on “I ❤ NY – Times Square

  1. I have to be honest here. I’m an ex-Manhattanite. I was born in NYC and lived there for many years. Times Square was better before it became “Disneyforadults”. I love when the area was seedy and dirty and grimy. It breaks my heart when I drive through Times Square now. Filled with fast food chains and cheap clothing stores that belong in Malls. I miss the old Times Square! Nice post though. Nice pics too!

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    • I have heard other New Yawkers say the same, actually. For me, as a first time visitor (but not the last time ;-p ) it was fine. I felt safe and enjoyed the sights. Am quite a bit upset that I missed the Naked Cowboy though, I guess it was too cold for him 🙂

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  2. It’s nice to know you gave this a good review. My daughter wants me to go to NYC with her on her 30th birthday. I’m afraid my anxiety will kick in at the wrong time and I’ll have a full blown panic attack in the middle of Times Square! I get very nervous in places that are crowded and unfamiliar and I have this unreasonable fear of getting lost and kidnapped. So thanks for making my fears dissipate…some.

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    • I felt there were people all over Manhattan, yet not really crowds like you see on TV on new years eve. I felt safe, not threathened in any way. A bit noisy, though, but then again it is one of the worlds biggest cities. Go for it!

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