By Seth Fera-Schanes
When I talk about Full Access NYC, I tell everyone it will have information for people who want to get past some of the more tourist heavy places around the city. Well, put that thought on hold for a minute.
Times Square, the cross-roads of the world, is up to bat for my next post. If you have never been to the city, Times Square makes the list of places to visit; that is a given. If you want to see a play, well you go to Times Square (or off Broadway or off off Broadway.) If you are anywhere in America on New Year’s Eve, chances are you are watching the ball drop in, wait for it, Times Square.
The place has it’s appeal. It is loud, colorful and fun to people watch. My one suggestion is to try visiting later at night sometime. Around mid-night if you are up for it. The reason I say this is because in the city that never sleeps, the lights will still be on and there will be crowds albeit many less bodies. The draw is you will get a chance at some better photo opportunities standing in front of the NASDAQ and other flashy signs.
Given the high traffic volume of Times Square, it acts as a marketing launchpad for movies, games, tv shows, and pretty much all things that will be on sale in the near future. With this in mind, TS has some great promotional events such as the largest Lego model ever built. It is comprised of around 5 million Lego pieces and weighs in around 45,000 pounds. Needless to say, I was impressed.
These types of displays are commonplace in NYC and specifically in Times Square. And even though you might get familiar with your hectic NYC surroundings, it is important to know what is available to you and take notice. Sometimes the collective body of New York walks, head down, intent on making the next meeting or sliding into the bar before happy hour events. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller