It has been stated, in person and through various blogs, that the worst place to house yourself while on vacation in New York is Times Square. In the name of being fearless, in the name of getting out of the practice of making “safe zones” for myself, I booked a room in the Hyatt Centric on W 45th Street. With the hotel being situated so close to Times Square, I figure if I got overwhelmed, 45th street was never far away.
That couldn’t have been more further from the truth (Also, Google Maps is not your friend).
Because Times Square is the epicenter of New York to those outside of New York, it essentially is as you would imagine, a tourist spot. Everyone everywhere has a camera out taking pictures of the various buildings pulsating with commercial advertisements including iconic MTV building which featured during TRL when alot when MTV used to do music. I myself took very few pictures and videos of anything due to the fact that I felt like I was getting caught in the usual trend of posting every moment on social media.
(Although my follower count on IG went up to about 110+ users)
You have to be present to get the overall sense of city is like; the smells, the people and how to get to and fro. Pictures and videos while obvious to documenting and validating to others you had the experience, doesn’t add to your humanity and certainly doesn’t make you feel apart of New York.
To explore New York, to understand New York, you gotta make friends. In other words, despite the current frenzy in our society to distrust others, you have to talk to strangers. I tend to keep to myself alot of the time and found myself, really because I felt alone, taking chances and trying to make friends.
The few I’ve made, I will definitely remember and keep it touch with. I will talk more about my New York travels in the next part of these blogs posts.