Why Are We Infatuated With NYC's Times Square?

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
There's just something special about Times Square. But what is it, exactly? What makes people from all parts of the globe so inclined to flock to this one, specific intersection in downtown New York City?

Perhaps people love Times Square because of the buildings. After all, it is a phenomenal spot to engulf yourself in the massive skyscrapers that make New York City so iconic. Gigantic metal towers stretch above other steel buildings in every direction, making the 360-degree view from Times Square's center quite dizzying.

Or, maybe it's the people. People from different countries, cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and religious groups swirl around Times Square, no matter the day of the week, time of day, or season of the year. A traveler can encounter all types of people, hear different languages, and feel a part of the epitome of the cultural melting pot that makes New York so sought after.

Then again, maybe it's the lights. For those who want to witness the city that never sleeps, Times Square is the place to experience. With advertisements for everything, restaurants that rarely close, and taxis that seem endless, the center of Times Square gives the wide-eyed traveler something to look at, no matter what time of day.

There's also plenty of history that attracts people to this part of town. From the iconic New Year's Eve ball drop, to the legacy of The New York Times, Times Square bridges the gap between old New York and the modern Big Apple.

For me, it's the hustle-and-bustle atmosphere that Times Square seems to cultivate. I get a thrill out of being a part of so many people moving about their business. Every person seems to be in their own little world, yet still a part of the sea of cultural diffusion that occurs without conscious effort. I revel in the opportunity to be a small fish in the largest pond.

No matter how "touristy" or busy Times Square becomes, there's still something so cool about experiencing the area from an out-of-towner's mindset.


Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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