A woman walks past the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square.
A street performer, dressed as the Statue of Liberty, poses for photos in Times Square.
A statue of George M. Cohan, legendary Broadway entertainer, stands in Times Square.
A pigeon walks across the street near Broadway and W. 48th in Times Square.
Robert John Burck, the Naked Cowboy, poses for photos with tourists in Times Square.
Recently, I spent two days in Manhattan, New York for the Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation. I stayed at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Times Square, two blocks from the Marriott Marquis media hotel and three blocks from the Best Buy Theater, home of the Heisman Trophy award ceremony.
I walked back and forth from the Crowne Plaza to the Marriott Marquis to the Best Buy Theater several times a day depending on the media event. Every time I covered those two or three blocks, I would see the most unique people. Sometimes, while navigating through the crowds to my next assignment, I would grab my camera and capture some of the more interesting scenes around me.
A few facts about Times Square:
– Formally Longacre Square, it was renamed as Times Square in 1904.
– It has been nicknamed “The Tenderloin” and “The Great White Way.”
– It is the most visited tourist attraction in the world.
– 39 million people visit Times Square every year.
– The first Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop was on December 31, 1907.
– More than one million people fill Times Square every New Year’s Eve.
– The Times Square Ball is designed by Waterford Crystal.
– More than one ton of confetti is dropped on Times Square every New Year’s Eve.
– There are 17,000 hotel rooms.
– Hundreds of movies have been filmed in Times Square including: Ghostbusters, When Harry Met Sally, Independence Day, King Kong, and Captain America: The First Avenger.
Times Square fascinates me and every time I am there, I rediscover “The Crossroads of the World.”