I live in Times Square. You should all know that by now because I wont shut up about it. Most times I feel like Dorothy in Oz, because TSQ is full of strange and interesting characters. It is also very safe, for all intents and purposes. There are cops and cameras all over my little slice of paradise so again, I usually walking around like I don’t have a care in the world.
Because of all the police presence, I am well aware that there are people who think Times Square is the perfect target to attack and cause damage to our way of life. I’ve been in the neighborhood for over 20 years so I have experienced first hand some of attempts on destroying the crossroads of the world.
A few weeks ago, an idiot decided he wanted to drive down the sidewalk on 7th Avenue and hurt as many people as he could. He killed 18 year old Alyssa Elsman who was visiting NYC from Michigan and who’s memorial is still on the spot where she died.
That day I wasn’t home, but the crazy driver ( I will never print his name) drove right on my block, MY BLOCK! The block where I stand to cross the street to take the train, to go to my favorite pub and where I usually tell people to meet me. I knew that when I got back home, the streets would be blocked off and I’d probably have a hard time actually getting into my building. I was right. All of Times Square was barricaded off and it was eerily quiet. I don’t like quiet, if I did I’d live in the burbs.
The next morning I woke up to the deafening silence that still covered my street. I never got out of bed. I was, for the first time afraid to go outside. Yes, I knew that another car wasn’t going to try to mow us down but I just couldn’t see my slice of heaven turned into an open air jail cell. I finally emerged from my cocoon a day later, to find it business as usual, not counting all the large cement barricades that now line all the side walks in my hood. The good thing is that now people use them to sit on them and take in all the electricity that my neighborhood has. You should still avoid the ‘characters’ begging for tips, they’re the real terrorist!