New York: Times Square By Day

Today I’d like to take you on a tour of New York City’s Times Square during the day.

Gentrified, corporate, tacky, touristy, fake and over-the-top are just some of the terms used to describe Time Square these days, and if I lived in New York I doubt that, apart from when I wanted to go to the theatre, I’d ever venture near it (or so I thought…)

All of the above might very well be true, but there’s also no doubting that Times Square is a complete assault on the senses, unlike anywhere else in the world.

times square during the day

Advertising – static and electronic, stands alongside news tickers and live television broadcasts.  No matter where you look, you can’t escape all of the images and sounds that are vying for your attention.  Somewhere behind all of this, are the facades of the actual buildings – what many of them look like, who knows.

times square during the day

times square during the day

times square during the day

times square during the day

times square during the day

It really is hard to imagine that (relatively) not so long ago, Times Square was a seedy part of New York, full of prostitutes, crack dealers, porno cinemas, sex shops and the like.  I’m always amazed at how cities can change so much.  It’s a shame we can only travel to different destinations, and not to different eras.

times square during the day

times square during the day

times square during the day

The pedestrianism of Times Square was met with controversy, but it has been extremely successful and further pedestrian enhancements are in the planning stages.  When it’s not pouring down with rain, the seats in the image below are all occupied.

times square during the day

times square during the day

times square during the day

This has been the desktop image on my laptop for a long time.  I love this picture, and it takes me back to this place, this day, and New York in general every time that I see it.

One of the advantages of the weather that New York was experiencing on this day was the atmospheric effect caused by the venting of steam from the subway tunnels below.  It always happens, but is much more visible when it grey and rainy.

What I said earlier about likely never visiting Times Square if I lived in New York – scratch that.

When I lived in London, and felt like the daily grind of life was getting me down, I’d head to Piccadilly Circus and being somewhere that was such a central, globally known spot, full of lots of things going on would give me some perspective, and make me remember how lucky I was to be living in such an amazing, global city.

If I lived in New York, I think that being in Times Square, sitting on the raised stairs in the middle and just taking it all in would have the same effect on me.  As a tourist it certainly did.

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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