NYC offers up so many great places to see, explore, and experience. There are a multitude of spots to eat a fabulous meal, take in entertainment, enjoy a delicious cocktail, view culture, and revel in history among others. As a long time resident of this gotham we call home I have yet to really hit up all the things I want to see and do. There is just always something going on here and not enough time to be a part of it. Yet, there is one dreaded place in NYC that “real New Yorkers” refuse to go on a normal bases – Times Square. This Disneyfied version of what use to be grungy and grimy Times Square is a beacon for people from all over the world to visit when arriving here on vacation. In 2012 NYC had a record breaking 52 million tourists visit the city, and I could swear all of them were in the Times Square area! This part of town becomes a frickin’ nightmare for the local New Yorker to navigate, and we all get a bit nauseaus just thinking about having to be there. Unless we head there to take in a show on Broadway we never, ever, really want to venture there. Even then, it’s a quick escape onto the subway or in a cab as soon as the show ends. “FLEE” is the first thing we think of, as this tourist trap hell hole frays every nerve in our bodies.
It’s strange, as even though I still love seeing Times Square all lit up at night like a Christmas tree, I just can’t fathom ever really hanging out in that part of town for any amount of time. Annoying tourists, bad eateries, and lame street performers all add up to avoiding the area like Lindsey Lohan avoiding a jail sentence.
New Year’s Eve – OH HELLZ NO!
This has no appeal to me whatsoever. New Yorkers DO NOT do Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Yeah, that’s the last thing I want to do. Stand around with hundreds of thousands of stange people, mostly tourists, for at least 8-10 hours squished in behind barricades and no bathrooms anywhere. Nothing to eat or drink. No booze allowed. Shoot me.
Annoying tourists – Everywhere!
Look, we know you are all here to see the sights of our wonderful city, but can you just be a little more “less touristy”? Let’s not make is so obvious. Do you really want to get mugged? Are you really wearing a fanny pack? Can you please keep moving on the sidewalk? Ugh!!!
Not a bad idea, really!
The Naked Cowboy in his “tighty whities” – please, just, no.
At least the guy stays in shape, but did we have to get an eyeful of that fat blob next to him? That’s an image I wish I could sear out of my brain with hot pokers.
Annoying tourists taking pictures – Get out of my way!
Yup. They are everywhere in Times Square, and always in the way. “Ooh look! A tall building”. Stop in middle of sidewalk. Get in everyone’s way to take pictures. Road rage!
Bizzarro World costumed performers – Why?
What is up with these weirdo looking knock-offs of Elmo, Mickey, Cookie Monster, etc, that roam around the Times Square area? In the hot summer they reak of B.O. and ass sweat. If you try and take a picture of them they harass you for money. I wouldn’t let my kids near them! They creep me out.
Why would you even think of eating in Times Square? This is New York City!
Do yourselves a favor and head to the east side, west side, downtown, the outer boroughs, anywhere but Times Square to eat. There are thousands of great spots to grab a good meal of all ethnic varieties. If you are one of the “People of Walmart” you might enjoy your trip to “Flavortown” though! Times Square is loaded with low quality fast food and chain restaurants that cater to tourists. For the love of your taste buds, and dignity, just don’t do it.
Hey, we actually love tourists. They bring a ton of biz to the city and spend a lot of cash here. Well, the Mayor’s office and Travel & Visitors Bureau sure does love them I think much more than the locals do. Times Square sees such an influx of visitors and spending here that I don’t think will slow down anytime soon. As for this New Yorker I will avoid this part of town like the plague unless seeing a play or musical there. Then make a hasty exit, stage right!
So, do you love or avoid Times Square? Fun part of town or tourist hell? Is it on your bucket list? Do you like naked cowboys?