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June 18, 2010



Fully agree. It always hurt my brain that people would fly thousands of miles to NYC and then eat at... The Hard Rock Cafe! The upside of that kind of extremely limited tourist mentality is that 90% of New York is *not* overrun by tourists because they're all in Times Friggin Square!


Once every couple of years I used to like getting stoned and just standing in the middle of it at night. It's such a surreal place, with all the lighted signage.

But that was a long time ago. I wonder if people thought it sucked back in the 40s and 50s? It must have been a fairly cool place at some point....maybe the 20s and 30s? Ever?

James Taylor

I must admit I have on occasion voluntarily set foot in Times Square, but it's usually only in the clinging hope that it might not be all that bad. But it is that bad — in fact, it's worse. I could handle the gigantic billboards and the blinking neon. But now actual buildings aren't made from brick or concrete anymore: they're just an enormous TV facade with no windows. The Times Square depicted in Vanilla Sky (that's Vanilla Sky up top, right?) already seems out-dated. The death knell came when they closed off Seventh Avenue (or was it Broadway?). That was the day New York City handed Times Square over to the tourists.

ken mac

yes, when even Hall and Oates refer to a better Times Square you know the place is beyond dead...


I disagree, Time Square right now is very much New York now that they've turned the entire rest of the city into an approximation of what residents in the Midwest think New York is about.

But I also avoid setting foot there. But I've recently found myself avoiding Union Square as well, which actually now looks like an outdoor mall on Long Island. Its getting harder and harder to mentally wall this stuff off as it spreads and spreads.

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