Times Square, 1 Hour, 10 Photos – Now GO!

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By Tom Adkinson

NEW YORK – You’re in Midtown with an hour to spare before your next appointment. What do you do with that small amount of time, just 60 minutes?

My decision was a personal challenge – get 10 photos in Times Square that capture the essence of “the crossroads of the world.” I ended up with a dozen because two of the images begged to be paired with related images (a human Statue of Liberty and strangers taking photos of each other).

Practically everyone knows Times Square, if only from movies, television shows and New Year’s Eve. You can find various definitions of what exactly Times Square encompasses, but go with the most basic. It’s Broadway at 7th Avenue and between West 42nd and West 47th Streets.

Stated simply, it’s a circus people and neon, towering buildings and human connections that usually are fleeting, but still quite real. It’s big and brash, flashy and fun. It’s discounted Broadway show tickets at TKTS, it’s acrobatic buskers who risk life and limb for tips, it’s selfie heaven.

Take the Times Square Photo Challenge yourself someday, and compare your photos to this selection.

The vehicular traffic never stops flowing around Times Square . . . (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

. . . and neither does the pedestrian traffic in “the crossroads of the world.” (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

The model-pretty couple asked a stranger to take their photo . . . (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

. . . and the stranger turned the tables on the couple. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

A buff busker thanks a passerby for being part of his act. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)


What’s Times Square without a dancer promoting a show? (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

Just another typical tourist blending in nicely in a sea of other tourists. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

Sometimes Lady Liberty is an unmoving object. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

Sometimes Lady Liberty just has to make a call. {Photo by Tom Adkinson)

“Gee, Officer Krumke.” (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

George M. Cohan’s spirit fills Times Square. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

The sensory assault of Times Square almost always has a commercial message. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

(Travel writer Tom Adkinson’s new book, “100 Things To Do in Nashville Before You Die, 2nd edition” is available at CornersOfTheCountry.com)

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