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Signs of the times in Times Square

Blog | By James Fletcher | May 06, 2020


Times Square (named after The New York Times, previously Longacre Square) is normally one of the busiest junctions on the planet. After a couple of corners were pedestrianised, the traffic is ever so slightly calmer. Vast LED screens tower over the square advertising endless products and services. There are usually street entertainers and people in fancy dress wanting to charge you for a photo opportunity. It’s an extremely naff thoroughfare comparable to Leicester Square - for its low quality offerings and high prices. It is the focal point of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. These days, it’s almost deserted.