The moment you reach Times Square, in New York you can almost feel the energy of the place. Everything looks familiar. The billboards, the glittering shops, fancy restaurants etc
Well, you are right since you must have seen Times Square, a zillion number of times on TV in commercials, in newspapers or on the New Year eve when the annual ball drop happens.
Since 2009, Times Square is the major focal point of annual New Year festivities and at sharp mid-night the New Year’s eve ball drops declaring the arrival of a New Year.
In the midtown Manhattan, at the crossing of Broadway and 7th Avenue, lies the commercial capital of the world and most definitely the liveliest place on this planet called Times Square.
It is named after the 25 storey, 363-foot high skyscraper, designed by Cyrus Eidlitz and built to serve as the headquarters of The New York Times. It is a different matter that NYT moved to another building on 229 West 43rd street after 10 years.
In 1904, Albert Ochs, publisher of the New York Times, moved the newspaper’s operations to a new skyscraper on what was then known as Longacre Square and later became Times Square. The name has stuck since then.
World over, it is known as a symbol of the American spirit. For over a century now, it has been a popular NY attraction. It is from here that Good Morning America is broadcast live and it is here that the curved seven-story NASDAQ sign is, representing fortunes and misfortunes of millions. George M Cohan, an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and producer has also been honoured with a statue here.
Due to its location it is one of the most valuable advertising destinations in the world. It boasts of the world’s largest bill board among many other exciting restaurants as The Hard Rock Café and theatres playing excellent shows like the Lion King and Chicago, the musical. No doubt it is capital of the world’s entertainment industry.
It is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, with up to 50 million tourist each year. Approximately 330,000 people pass through it daily, mainly tourists, while over 460,000 pedestrians walk through it on its busiest day making it one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections.
It really comes to life in the evening, but during the day also it is an interesting place to visit.
Many street artist perform here in the evening while the lit up bill boards advertising all kind of products, add to the charm.