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The most heavily trafficked neighborhood in New York also happens to be one of the biggest economic hubs in the United States, according to a recent study. The Times Square Alliance and HR&A Analyst Inc. teamed up on a report on the economic impact of Times Square. The report, which can be downloaded from their website, showcases the dreaded tourist district as one of the largest economic powerhouses in New York and all of the United States.
Most people heave a sigh of resignation when the calendar turns from August to September. But Manhattan residents have a special reason to dread the approach of summer’s end. As routines return to normal, as the pace of commerce resumes its hectic pace, as deadlines loom once again, the world descends upon Manhattan for the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly.
The result: Extreme chaos, frustrating delays, jagged nerves and wasted time. Portions of midtown and downtown are turned into armed camps to accommodate the schedules of the world’s leaders, a fair portion of whom attend the session just for the sheer fun of insulting the U.S., Israel and the West.
This is the burden of being the capital of the world. For the most part, Manhattanites understand that sharing their island with the globe’s leaders requires patience, sacrifice and a certain degree of resignation.
For anyone who lives in the city, the iconic “I Love New York” logo usually brings to mind millions of tourists streaming into Times Square like so many locusts descending on a neon crop field. There are entire stores in the city dedicated to selling products featuring the image of a heart where the l-word should be. (For a visual example, look at the image to your left.)
If Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, Independence Day is the unofficial start of the summer vacation season. With the school year over at last, families are getting ready for their long-planned holidays. Other New Yorkers are fleeing to the Hamptons, Cape Cod or the Jersey Shore for weekend respites from the city’s Read More
Think twice before you elbow a tourist in Times Square. Rents in the wanna-be hotspot just soared 21 percent, thanks to the city’s tourism boom.
Retailers in the area are now paying upward of $1,700 a square foot annually, according to a quarterly report from the Real Estate Board of New York that came out this morning. That’s Read More
Yesterday, the Odd Molly show at The Studio at Lincoln Center featured some elaborate outfits, such as long dresses accentuated by frills and tattered gloves, among many other complicated looks. Obviously labored over for a while, it was a high-end approximation of what Parisian street urchans would have worn in a Victor Hugo novel. And Read More
Bloomberg likes the tourist lane.
James Gandolfini calls Glenn Beck “Satan” to his face.
New chef for the Waverly.
Pee Wee Herman is coming to Broadway.
Moscovites dislike axe-murder junction.
LiLo on the LaMb.
Sen. Ben Nelson has never used an Read More
The disreputable ghosts of Boweries past-the gangsters, vagabonds and punk rockers who saw the street shape—shift over the past century and a half—likely have more in common with each other than with the citizens of the Bowery lately. The last few years’ barrage of the new (new luxury condos, new cuisine, the boxy Read More
The north end of Times Square was evacuated early this afternoon due to a suspicious package that, in the end, contained nothing but the makings of an agreeable Friday.
The Times and Daily News disagreed over whether the item in question was a “white cooler” or a “grayish canvas bag,” but Read More
MTV is sponsoring a contest to promote the upcoming action film Max Payne starring Mark Wahlberg–and talk about the perfect setting for a gritty cop-movie gimmick! "To celebrate the release of this slick new thriller, MTV is giving one lucky winner and a friend an NYPD trip to New York City. You’ll get Read More