May 02, 2014

The Excited State that is Times Square

Times Square is probably the busiest pedestrian intersection (or group of intersections) in the Americas. It is in a constant state of excitement that seems to persist regardless of the time of day. Confusing, crowded, congested, this is supposedly "the crossroads of the world." Construction and renovation of the buildings, subway and streets doesn't help, and construction in NYC is ubiquitous.

It is estimated that 40 million people visited Times Square last year. The photos are deceiving because it seemed as though all 40 million were there on the days Sherry and I transited to shows.

If not for the theatre district, I would avoid the area entirely. It's exhilarating for a few minutes but there are too many people crowding into too small a space. You will find fast food, fast cars and fast money. The fast food is fast only in name. The fast cars are moving very slowly, if at all. The fast money is only your own, slipping ever so quickly from your wallet.

But look around Jeem. The signs, electronic and digital, are everywhere. This is the grand centre of being seen and making a scene.

To which I can only reply as did Jerry many years ago, "But I don't want to be a pirate." This can't be real.

Photos by Jim Murray. Copyright 2014.