Tag Archives: Times Square

Bubble Battle ’08

Not to be outdone by the Union Square Pillow Fight, yesterday thousands of people crowded Times Square for the Bubble Battle. More pics and videos over at Gothamist and on Flickr. The pillow fight seems more fun, but at least there’s no cleanup from millions of bubbles.

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And Then There Were None

Six months after the announcement that the Virgin Megastore in Union Square will be closing in early 2009, today comes the news of the same fate for the Times Square store, leaving Manhattan with zero music retail chain outlets. Unless you count joints like Best Buy or Starbucks, which I totally don’t. Says the company that bought Virgin Megastores North …

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Morning View – Subway Signage

Times Square has the fanciest subway entrances. I think the covered up number is the old 9 train, which stopped running in May 2005. Times Square is the busiest subway station in North America, but the busiest in the world is Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station.

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Morning View – Port Authority Bus Terminal

The Port Authority Bus Terminal, located on 42nd Street just west of Times Square, is the biggest bus terminal in the United States and serves more people than any bus station in the world, with over 7200 buses and 200,000 people passing through every weekday. For millions of people, the first steps they take in Manhattan are inside the Port …

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Times Square Recruiting Station Bombed

From the NY Times: New York City police officers and firefighters cordoned off much of Times Square for more than two hours after a small explosion — apparently set off by a manmade device — damaged the front of the Armed Forces Career Center on the traffic island bounded by 43rd and 44th Streets, Seventh Avenue and Broadway around 4 …

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Twisted Knickers

Time Square’s famous Naked Cowboy, the guitar-playing singer that performs for tourists in his tighty-whities, is suing M&M Mars for $6M for depicting him on their store’s Jumbotron as an M&M character. “All I’ve got is my underwear. It’s the most brilliant thing that’s ever been created from a marketing perspective. You can’t stop it,” said Burck, 37, who said …

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Glamorous Restaurants Of Times Square

I should note that I have dined in almost all these establishments. And to be precise, in Times Square there are actually two Applebee’s, two T.G.I. Friday’s, and three Sbarros.

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Review: Saint NYE Party
(And Some Rambling Navel Gazing)

[UPDATE: You’ll probably want to view the below video with the sound off. My lil digicam can’t handle nightclub subwoofers. I shot the clip before much of the crowd arrived.] As I made my preparations for the Saint-At-Large’s New Year’s Eve party in Times Square late Monday night, I repeatedly reminded myself of my New Year’s resolution to banish any …

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Morning View – Times Square

I grabbed these shots this morning on my way home from the Saint’s NYE party, which I’ll review later today once I decipher my notes. The pole behind the “2008” is the one the ball drops down, but I guess security whisks the ball away immediately after midnight, since it’s made of dilithium crystals or gold pressed latinum or whatever. …

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Where Will You Be Tonight?

Over one million people will jam Times Square tonight to watch the ball drop. One million people with NO access to a bathroom. The police are recommending that attendees not have anything to drink for at least two hours before arriving. I’ve never done Times Square for NYE, but I’ve been tempted to attend. Seems a shame to live in …

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Broadway On Broadway

Yesterday, Little David and I attended Broadway On Broadway, the annual free concert in Times Square that showcases the casts of hit shows. Weather was great, a little chilly at times, but we were miles away from the stage. The sound system was fine in our location, but quite annoyingly the video screens were out of sync with the sound …

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Morning View – Spotlight

The newest addition to the madness of Times Square is Spotlight, a karaoke bar where you are joined onstage by in-house back-up singers and background dancers. There’s even a “green room” with a make-up artist to prepare you for belting out Flashdance. Audience members can send the performers Simon Cowell-worthy snide comments from their tableside interactive consoles. Spotlight also features …

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Morning View – McDonalds

OK, not exactly a “morning view”, since I took this on Friday night. This is the entrance of the McDonald’s on 42nd Street in Times Square, which bills itself as the world’s largest. Isn’t that exciting? No? Not really? Embiggen to smell the grease.

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Morning View – Times Square

From the southwest corner of 42nd & Broadway, looking north. At 60 degrees, it would almost feel spring-like this morning, if not for the overcast sky.

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ACT-UP Army Rocks Times Square

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum were arrested for civil disobedience in today’s ACT-UP/Queer Justice League demonstration against the “immoral” comments of Joint Chief’s Chairman Peter Pace. ABOVE: Foreman and Kleinbaum block Broadway, moments before they were handcuffed.ABOVE: The NYPD closes in.ABOVE: Minutes earlier, Foreman and Larry Kramer attempted to gain entrance …

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Morning View – Meet Oscar

Visitors to Times Square can oogle 50 Oscar statuettes on the ready for this year’s awards and even pose at the podium with an actual real Oscar in their hands. (I did this! But the pic was not so great.) The exhibit is free and runs until Saturday..

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Morning View – Broadway & 51st

That’s me in the red coat..

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Dinner And A Show

I guess I still haven’t earned my Manhattan cred, because last night friends wanted to take me to eat at the Times Square Olive Garden, and I agreed. I love their salad! Anyway, sitting there on the third floor of the restaurant, with the spinning light show of Times Square playing across our food, I found myself caught up in …

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