In 2006, then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg issued an executive order establishing the Office of Special Enforcement, a citywide agency responsible for enforcing “quality of life” regulations—a nebulous, ideologically charged concept that refers to anything from music venues with too many noise complaints to…
Tourists, man. They’re the worst.
The bright ball that hovers over Times Square on New Year’s Eve is a little bit reborn this year. Sure, it’s iconic and colorful and mesmerizing as it always is. This year, however, the ball captivates the world with 288 more newly designed Waterford crystals. And, boy, are they pretty.
Costumers plying tourists for money isn’t anything new in Times Square: stop by and you’ll likely see a variety of characters to take a picture with, for a small fee. Now, the NYPD is asking Disney to help crack down.
It was weird night in Times Square last night. I had just spilled out of a music show trying to catch any semi-convenient subway train back to Brooklyn. Hours earlier, a grand jury had failed to indict Darren Wilson on murder charges against Michael Brown and crowds gathered in protest, all bathed in the white light …
Times Square is one big, incredible machine that has the sweet caress of capitalism to thank for its success as much as it does careful city planning. However, when the area was famously filthy in 1984, New York City contemplated a major intervention that would've changed the landscape of Midtown profoundly.
When we stepped out onto the roof, the wind whipped me sideways, and it took me a second to get my bearings. I was nine stories above Times Square, staring at the back of its biggest LED sign, and it was thrilling.
Russia might not be doing much business with the US government right now, but that doesn't mean it's not interested in the foremost symbol of consumerism in America. VEGAS Crocus City, a Moscow mall, has unveiled a surprisingly realistic model of Times Square. It even features the forever-swamped TKTS podium—now…
The only thing cooler than gawking at record-breaking architecture is watching record-breaking architecture get built. The tallest hotel in North America, a Marriott Residence Inn on top of a Marriott Courtyard, just opened in Times Square. This is what it took to build the tower.
If you live in New York you know how unbelievably frustrating it is to try to walk through Times Square when you have somewhere to be. Peeps be all up in your way. If you don't live in New York, you're either part of the problem when you visit or you just generally know to move to the side when you're looking at a…
Say hello to the world's most visited destination—Times Square in New York City. This single attraction hosts more visitors every year than Canadia has residents. This collection of shots from our friends at Oobject illustrate the Square's radical evolution over the past century from former NYT publishing house to…
Ever wondered what happened to Bjork's robot arms? They're hauling luggage in a Manhattan hotel, due to open on the 1st of June. It's yet another technological feature from Yotel, which dubiously called itself the "iPod of the hotel industry."
A few days ago, the Internet freaked out over a viral video of a guy who hacked Times Square video screens with a live feed from an iPhone. It was a fake viral marketing stunt for the new movie Limitless. But now a guy has done it for real-sort of. Adi Isakovic, a 27-year-old entrepreneur, tested out his new…
If you thought dropping Snooki was weird, you haven't seen the rest of America. Some cities drop really weird things on New Years Eve. How weird? How about bologna, sausage, a drag queen, a bag of chips and a possum?
Times Square is synonymous with everything squeaky clean and American. Souvenirs! Flashing lights! Gigantic candy stores! But it wasn't always that way. It's taken 30 years to convert the landmark, a fascinating progression the New York Times has captured perfectly.
Giant model steps over Times Square crowd, snaps Polaroid, shows close-up, leaves. Repeat. Nice little augmented reality billboard cycle you've got there, Forever 21. Oh! Except for when she picks someone up and waves them around. That part's different.
AT&T's latest idea is actually kind of brilliant on multiple levels: totally free Wi-Fi in Times Square. And it could be how they save their network.
Click to viewWhen Faisal Shahzad left his bomb-loaded car parked in Times Square, every step of his escape route through Manhattan was caught by both police and private spycams. If they're the NYPD's eyes, this room is its central nervous system.
Criminals have made it on Broadway thanks to the FBI's newest video billboard, one which displays their stories-tall mugs alongside Diddy, oversized M&Ms, and other Times Square staples.