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March 30, 2008

New York Times Square



New York / USA

The tourist-famous Naked Cowboy has become a Times Square fixture, playing guitar at 45th Street and Broadway, strategically holding the guitar over his white briefs to make him appear to be naked. Women are often seen hugging him to take photos. If you want to dress like the Naked Cowboy, you better get permission first. The Naked Cowboy is suing Mars Inc. for $6 million over the use of his trademark look — white underwear, cowboy boots and a hat — by a blue M&M candy on an animated Times Square billboard. ts26.jpg

A clip taken in New York City

The man knew we wanted to take a picture of him and his chart. He was indeed very cooperative! ts16.jpg

Looking for a horse and buggy ride? Well, it could be banned soon as animal activists contend the horses are exposed to cruel conditions and are at risk of injury or death in city traffic. horsecart.jpg

Or take a taxi in New York?

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We didn’t follow our tour group to visit Madame Tussuad. Why bother to see the wax people when we were in a bustling and lively city full of beautiful people? And we saved USD30 per ticket and 1.5 hour of free own time. We walked to the Times Square, a major intersection in Manhattan at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets.ts10.jpg ts7.jpg

Every year as the clock nears midnight on December 31st, the eyes of the world turn once more to the dazzling lights and bustling energy of Times Square. And when the clock hits twelve, people go crazy kissing one another; so better stand in the right crowd! ts8.jpg

Photo from http://www.timessquarenyc.org

Nudes at Times Square 1997 (Photo from http://www.momondo.com)

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The Times Square used to be the Center of the Theater district. This made the square an ideal place for billboards. The billboards have become such a tourist attraction for the area, that the zoning now requires the buildings to be covered with billboards! ts12.jpg

The metro station beneath Times Square, a completely different scene. ts29.jpg

In the 30s, the Great Depression led to a sharp decline in theater attendance. Many businesses had to close down, and they were quickly replaced by strip teases and and peep shows. After World War II, the Theater district was booming again. In the 60s, the area started to go downhill and by the mid-70s, tourists avoided Times square, which had become a seedy, crime-ridden and drug-infested place. ts3.jpg ts2.jpg

In the 90s, when the Walt Disney Company opened a Disney store on Times Square, this attracted more family-friendly businesses to the area. The area is a lot safer now than in the early 90s and is once again a magnet for tourists.

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Filming in Times Square.

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New York Police Department, right at the heart of Times Square. ts18.jpg

Next, the U.S Armed Forces Recruiting Station – the most famous recruiting station in the country. ts19.jpg

M&M’s World Store in Times Square, with its billboard flickering M&M ads. ts21.jpg ts22.jpg

Look at Ms. Liberty’s sexy leg.

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John Travolta rulez!

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Hershey’s Store is just opposite M&M Store. ts25.jpg

Have never seen police officers so friendly like the NYC police officers! ts27.jpg

Having a sumptuous buffet at only USD13. The Americans love eating crab legs; in Singapore, we grab the claws. Long legs of the crabs – they were sweet and juicy even without any sauce. ts28.jpg

Philadelphia Tour!

2 Comments Leave your comment

  • Jasper Jugan said on July 2, 2008 11:56 am

    when were you here?

  • eunice said on July 2, 2008 12:37 pm

    @Jasper: I was in USA last summer – July 07! :D

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