Tuesday, June 7, 2011

US2011 - New York Times Square

Back in 1904, Longacre Square was renamed Times Square after the The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly erected Times building, located at 42th and Broadway.



It was here that the signature Times Square advertising electronic boards was born; a humble start in 1928 with 14800 bulbs wrapped around the building to today’s giant screens that cover the whole tower’s exterior.



Also known as the Crossroads of the World, Times Square is the world's most visited tourist attraction, bringing in over 39 million visitors annually.



In addition to the brightly illuminated sign boards, different characters also appear on the streets, depending on the season and the shows.



Among all the characters, one should not miss the appearance of the Naked Cowboy, a famous fixture of Times Square.



Performing up and down the street with his guitar, he proves to be a hit with tourists!!



There’s also a Naked Cowgirl in town, performed by former stripper Sandy Kane. Because the front view may be too rude, here’s her side view!!



To me, the most unexpected appearance in Times Square is the hawker stalls; …



… definitely something a world class city shouldn’t have!!

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