Times Square Is Alive and Well
It’s not a myth. New Yorkers really do avoid Times Square. Some can’t, however, because they work in the neighborhood. Others live in nearby Hell’s Kitchen or Midtown West, so riding the subway to 42nd Street and fighting the throngs of tourists is a necessary evil.
I usually trek to Times Square when I see a Broadway show, have a work event in that area of town, family or friends visit (many stay in nearby hotels), or to try a specific restaurant within a walk of the subway station. Last night was one of those instances. I was in this pocket of town for a work commitment and rather than hopping the subway at 42nd Street after my meeting and dinner, I walked north through the hullabaloo until I reached the 50th Street station. Despite the fact that coronavirus recently hit the New York area, Times Square is alive and well.
Broadway shows were on stage at the time, so the streets weren’t as busy. Although the “Center of the Universe” wasn’t sardine-like and walking through was actually enjoyable, there were still scores of people hanging out, wandering around, or just passing by.
A lot of tourists posed for photos in spite of the light drizzle.
It was traffic as usual. Taxis jammed the streets, rickshaws searched for fares, and packed tour buses motored through like any other night.
A few folks sat at the cafe tables as life happened around them. Last night was a good night to carry an umbrella!
TKTS was closed by the time I got there, but tourists still climbed the the famous red steps.
The “neon lights” (actually LED for the most part) of Times Square seemed brighter than ever last night. May they continue to shine!
Until we meet again, Times Square…..
I didn’t know what to expect last night, but as you can see in these photos, Times Square is alive and well.
Have you been to Times Square recently? Have you noticed any changes in crowds around New York? The coronavirus hasn’t kept New Yorkers from riding the subway either. Life doesn’t stop in this city.
New York is doing an excellent job keeping the public informed. If you’d like the latest info on coronavirus in New York, head over to the Department of Health website.