Welcome to Times Square,
New York City!
Times Square is always an adventure. Even on a winter day, where temperatures are barely above freezing, walking around Times Square is an experience…a crazy and intriguing experience. This is one of those touristy places you can’t skip. Not going to Times Square while in New York, is like not going to see the pyramids on your first trip to Egypt.
Except that you could visit Times Square every single day and never have the same experience twice. Every visit to Times Square is totally different from your last and it is one of those places I try to see each time I go to New York City.
On this day, at the beginning of March, it couldn’t have been more than a couple degrees above freezing. I kept having to duck into buildings to get warm. Even ones I had no desire to actually visit!
Come take a photographic journey of the places that make Times Square with some street photography.
When you lay on the streets of New York to take a photo, tourists all look at you funny and make comments about how gross it is you lay on the dirty streets, whereas New Yorkers just walk over or around you without ever actually looking at you. Or judging you. (Or possibly even noticing you in the first place). I love New York!
This was just before Hedwig opened. I walked in fully ready to try to use my charm to get a tour of the place ( and likely run into some rehersals), but I was so cold I couldn’t think, and barely managed to ask if the show had started yet, then kinda mumble some stuff like a semi-crazy person. I left. I could hear the words not forming correctly, and my brain was too frozen to even remember to say, “Hey, can I have a tour?”. Yea, not even that. I just kind of stared at the concierge like a creepster for a little too long, then shivered and walked back outside to find something hot to drink.
Sometimes you win. Sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you remember why you moved out of the North-East winters.
I discovered there are not Oompaloompas running around throwing Reese’s cups off the roof at passersbys.
This is disappointing.
This was some art install where you could talk or look through this maze of tubes, but you could only do one or the other through each tube. It was awesome and super fun running around and laughing with people ranging in age from late 70s to toddlers, all finding hilarity in this forced interaction with total strangers. In the top tube you can see a silhouette of a person’s face staring at me. I also listened to a young boy talk to me in a language I didn’t understand then laugh hysterically when I greeted him in English.
You never know what you will run into in New York.
New York street shopping is also something you should do (or at least peruse) when in New York city. Things are usually really cheap, useful, and depending on where you are, possibly legal.
Nuchas empanadas are AMAZING! I kept going back to get another empanada (because I couldn’t eat just one. And because it was so cold out and the empanadas were so hot and delicious. And baked, which is my favourite kind.) The curry empanada was awesome. And yes, they have vegetarian empanadas too. This is definitely a place to grab a quick bite on the cheap in Times Square!
I love Times Square. These are just a few of the places around there you will see. And don’t forget to just sit and do some people watching. Or, if it is cold out like today was, move briskly while also doing some people watching.
About Dani Blanchette
I am a freelance travel and music photographer and creator of GoingNomadic.com.
I love music, food, and exploring cities without guidebooks. I’ve flown a helicopter, hitchhiked down the east coast USA, and once snuck into the back of a zoo (in Serbia) and pet a lion.
I am always up for an adventure, and sometimes I videotape them.