Sightseeing in Manhattan the fourth: Times Square

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Times Square

On March 17th was St. Patrick's Day and Lisa and I went to the Times Square. First we thought about searching for the St. Patrick's Day Parade, but then we changed our opinion when more and more drunk green dressed people showed up on Times Square. That was the first and only time (until now) that I tried not to look directly into peoples to not provoke anybody. A very weird and uncomfortable feeling to walk through Manhattan like that!

Times Square

is a major commercial intersection and neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. It is brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements and one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, it is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and a major center of the world's entertainment industry. Times Square is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, drawing an estimated fifty million visitors annually. Approximately 330,000 people pass through Times Square daily, many of them tourists.

Formerly Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly erected Times Building, the site of the annual ball drop which began on December 31, 1907, and continues today, attracting over a million visitors to Times Square every New Year's Eve.

(Source: Wikipedia)

You can see how much advertisement there is everywhere. Those ads must cost a fortune!

When you walk on Times Square - or should I say when you are pushed forward by the masses of people - then you can see many different cartoon figures in real life. It seems that Elmo from Sesame Street is one of the most popular ones as there were so many Elmos. But also Hello Kitty, Mickey Mouse, Batman etc. are walking around in the pedestrian area and the tourists are taking pictures with those comic characters.

This Elmo came towards us and wanted to hug me and pose for a picture. That was a little bit much for me as I am not keen on having strangers close to me (yes, riding the subway isn't either pleasant for me!). Now I know how to walk on Times Square to not been stopped by all those customized people, but in the beginning I was really overwhelmed by them.

 Here you see the Hard Rock Café.

And a recruiting station for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Even there is a neon sign! Maybe you wonder why all the people are waving their hands. It's because on the building at the right side is a big ad that films the crowd and selects a few people and shows them highlighted. So the people try to be in the video and take a picture of themselves there on the big screen.

Disney Store

And then we passed the Disney Store and HAD TO go inside! As children and teenagers my siblings and I loved Disney movies and still have so many favorite ones. It was super cool to be in that store and see all the stuffed animals and dolls etc. It is really a dream come true for a Disney fan.

Those are some of the Disney princesses and princes.

And there are also cute Mickey's in New York City outfits!

Fabric Store

Our next stop was a big fabric store. My sister loves to sew and right now she makes purses (but also other cute pouches and things). We decided to go to Rosen & Chadick Fabrics in the Fashion Avenue and weren't disappointed.

The owner guessed that we are from Germany and we talked a little bit with him. He sells fabric to Ralph Lauren and other great designers. Also for the New York Opera. He told  us several stories and was obviously very fond of himself and his store. ;-)

This is just a glimpse of one of the big shelves. It was really challenging to make a decision with so many cool fabrics!

I wish you all a super colorful day!

Many, many greetings from NYC!


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