Friday, June 17, 2011

Times Square

Hi everyone! Now that my first year in New York is coming to an end, let me talk about one of the most famous spots in the city. To be honest, I don't go there very often, and I don't think the average New Yorker does neither. The reason is simple, it's always crazy crowded! I'm talking about Times Square. Even if I don't visit it that often, this square means a lot to me. The shining lights, the Broadway shows, the commercials, the crowds of tourists taking pictures, and everything that happens there is the first thing that comes to many people's mind when talking about New York City. 

International students from Berkeley College
Last week I went there many times. I had friends from Europe visiting, and many attractions of the city happen around that area. Also I went there with my fellow international students from Berkeley College, because we were filming a video for the 80th anniversary contest of the school. You're still on time to participate and you should definitely check it out! 
 
Back to Times Square, a brief introduction by Wikipedia: 
"Times Square is a major commercial intersection in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. The extended Times Square area, also called the Theatre District, consists of the blocks between Sixth and Eighth Avenues from east to west, and West 40th and West 53rd Streets from south to north, making up the western part of the commercial area of Midtown Manhattan.
Formerly named Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed in April 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly erected Times Building, which is now called One Times Square and is the site of the annual ball drop on New Year's Eve. Times Square, nicknamed "The Crossroads of the World" and "The Great White Way," has achieved the status of an iconic world landmark and is a symbol of New York City and the United States."
I remember the first time I came to New York four years ago. I came here for the summer, to study English while having my dream of visiting the city come true for the first time. The first thing I wanted to see was Times Square. I knew exactly where it was, even though I had never been in New York before. My first day I went to school and right after it, I started walking towards 42nd Street. I will never forget how I felt there in the middle of Times Square for the first time. It was even more impressive than I had imagine. 

 
There is always something going on. I have found free live concerts by famous superstars many times (Rihanna, Ne-Yo, etc.). I've also found street markets right there in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. Many events take place there, like the Broadway shows season kickoff, which was an event where all the musicals performed in the middle of the square. It was like a "musicals taste" and it was truly spectacular. See the video I took of the finale:  


Even if many New Yorkers complain that it's a very stressful place and that only tourists go there, it's a must! You can't come to New York and skip Times Square... it would be like going to a concert with ear plugs! There are countless things to do in the square: musicals, comedy shows, shopping, more shopping, restaurants... and what I like the most, an incredible variety of people coming from everywhere. I love sitting around there and just watch them other people walk around (I promise it's not in a creepy way!). 

Have a great weekend!

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