I’m sure that many people around the world recognize the place I shot this photo. For those that don’t, the location is Times Square in New York City. Times Square may be the most recognizable urban neighborhood in the country.
I shot this photo right around New Year’s 2003. While it looks like I shot this photo at night, I believe it was mid-afternoon. It was quite a dreary day! I will admit that I do kind of enjoy days like that sometimes. It really makes me appreciate the spicy Korean dish I had just a few minutes after taking this photo.
New York is a fantastic city. Despite the sometimes nasty weather, I think I would love to live there if I could afford it. I’ve stayed in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan before and I loved each place I stayed. They are all uniquely different. If you’ve never been to some of the other boroughs, you will probably be surprised to find that the density is similar to what you’ll see in some other cities. Meaning that it’s not all really dense like Manhattan.
You’ve probably heard the phrase eyes on the street —generally meaning that in more dense places it is less likely for their to be crime since more people can see the activities on the street, and therefore it feels safer. Well, Manhattan takes that to the extreme. There are eyes all over the streets 24 hours a day. I felt incredibly safe the last time I visited, and NYC is now one of the safest cities in the country. Quite a change since the late 80s-early 90s. You can view more of my photos of New York in the photo gallery.
This article is a part of the Exploring the Walkability of America in 30 Days photo series.