Photo of the Week: Times Square – New York

There are certain places you’ve seen a million times on TV and in films, so when you finally get there yourself they feel strangely familiar (even if you’ve never been there before.) Times Square was one of those places. It’s the vision of New York everyone imagines – the skyscrapers, the crowds, the yellow cabs.

This flashy, modern square was once one of the more destitute areas of the city. In the 1970s the economic crash left it abandoned to X rated movie theatres and seedy hotels. In the 1990s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani cleaned up the area and attracted many respectable retail chains: turning it into the stylish shopping and nightlife destination it is today.

Times Square is a dizzying kaleidescope of flashing lights and high-octane consumerism. Multi-storey high billboards crowd around you on all sides. Advertisements flash for the hottest films, products and brands of the moment. Neon signs light up the night – creating a permanent twilight even at 3am. Under the glow of advertisements, huge crowds of people flow down sidewalks and weave across streets.

There’s always something spectacular to see in Times Square.

Lee Carter

Born and raised in Accrington, UK, Lee has ventured far beyond his hometown, traveling throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, North America and New Zealand. He is the co-founder of Global Goose and as well as writing the occasional rant he can be found tweaking the code and taking photos of amazing things around the world. Lee and Kelly have no plans to stop their "Gap Decade" anytime soon.

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8 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing you photographs of New York. It certainly looks like it lives up to it’s name. M&M world looks incredible. I’m a huge fan of M&Ms and so I’ll have to visit it while in New York. I’ve also heard the biggest M&M world has just been opened in London. 🙂 Oh and a little random but Sophia Vegara looks stunning on that background behind you.

  2. Your New York photos gave me the feeling of actually being there with you. Nicely done pics and great city highlights.

    It must have been such a surreal experience.

    As I viewed the photos of you at the 9/11 Memorial and saw your expressions,I thought about the moments of 9/11 and how difficult it must be for anyone to stand there and reflect.

    You made the trip look like a journey I’d sure like to take. Thanks for your up-close views.

  3. Oh, when I saw your photos I fell in love with this city. It is so beautifel at night. I would like to go to New York very much, but it is really hard to get American visa for russian tourist. But, now I understand that it cost much more to see this beautiful square.

  4. I have always wanted to see NY Times Square for myself. Every time I watch the New Year countdown in Times Square, I am always filled with envy. I really hope I could go there and join in the New Year countdown someday.

  5. That looks like so much fun! I WILL visit there one day. Its my second destination to visit on my list. The first is Japan. I want to experience it in person, seeing it on tv and in movies doesn’t count. It just captures the scenery and such but it doesn’t capture people experience. Did that make sense? lol. I really want to visit there one day. Is that place expensive like people say it is?

    Melanie

  6. What wonderful photos, thank you for sharing them!

    As a New Jersey born and raised gal who used to live within a 40 minute drive to New York City, I visited often, and had relatives who lived in Greenwich Village. It has been decades since I’ve been to this great city, and now that I live in Texas, I doubt I will see it, and experience it again.

    But your photos bring back so many happy memories, I felt that I was back there once more!

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