On Day 35 I took in Times Square for the 457th time (give or take a few).
For you New Yorkers: I know what you’re thinking. 5 minutes on the sidewalk in front of the Hard Rock or the giant Forever 21 between 45th and 46th streets is enough to raise your blood pressure and have you running to the nearest clinic for an EKG.
It’s loud. It’s crowded. It’s obnoxious.
But it’s happy. This bright epicenter of New York City is covered with tourists from all over the world who come to see the giant TV screens, the lights of Broadway and the center of the entertainment industry.
Lucky for me, I had a 12-year-old tourist in tow who was thrilled to be seeing those lights for the very first time. We explored as much of Times Square as we could before needing to duck and cover…
We took a ride on the indoor Ferris wheel at Toys R’ Us (Mr. Potato Head!). We played in Wonka Land. We tried on Cinderella accessories at the Disney store. We ate as many M&M’s from M&M World as we bought. We went into too many NY souvenir shops (serious commitment). We checked out the Hard Rock.
Finally, we took a moment atop the “stairs” to look out onto the sea of people that had traveled to see this most famous intersection. Ironically, getting lost in the crowd can offer its own moment of zen.
We stood, we smiled and we ended the night with a slice of New York pizza.