Times Square

Times Square Opinions vary on the transformation of Times Square from seedy to touristy, but the changes seen in the last decade were not the first, nor will they be the last, to the so-called crossroads of the world. Perhaps the tourist-friendly metamorphosis was inevitable given the onslaught: Times Square is arguably the most visited place on the planet. Though counting unticketed crowds must be an inexact science, by most measures the intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street and the surrounding neighborhood is at or near the top of any destinations list. Crowds of half a million or more for popular events are not unheard of, and daily visits to the square run to around a third of a million. Once the heart of New York’s carriage industry, the area has changed with the city, but is always a character itself in the drama of unfolding life in Manhattan.--By Lane Turner 1 A dancer poses for a photograph as part of the "Dance as Art" photo project in Times Square in New York September 22, 2014. The project is a celebration of dancers and their place in the New York experience. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (A) 2 Taxis are reflected in a window in Times Square in New York December 17, 2012 REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (A) 3 The Times Square subway station is reflected in the front window of a police car in the Manhattan borough of New York September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (A) 4 The world's largest LEGO model is on display at Times Square in New York, May 23, 2013. Made of 5,335,200 LEGO bricks and based on the X-wing starfighter that Luke Skywalker flies in the Star Wars movies, the model was transported to the United States from the LEGO Model Shop in Kladno, Czech Republic, where it was constructed by a team of 32 builders. The 11-foot-tall (3.3m), 43-foot-long (13m), and 44-foot wingspan (13.4m) model was on view in Times Square May 23-25, 2013. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images (A) 5 Tourists enjoy the sights while visiting Times Square and its giant Continue Reading

Florida wants to tinker with time. Will it be the end of the clock as we know it?

The Sunshine State is on the verge of becoming sunnier — or at least brighter — every evening under a proposal to stop the biannual changing of the clocks and switch Florida to daylight saving time year-round.No more falling back and gaining an hour of sleep in November. No more springing forward and losing an hour of sleep in March. Florida, in keeping with its outlier character, would secede from the national timetable.But before you get out the golf clubs or fire up the grill, consider the complications of a permanent move away from standard time. It could play havoc with your TV viewing habits when sports events start an hour later or the New Year’s Eve ball-drop in Times Square occurs at 1 a.m. FT — Florida Time — instead of midnight. Saturday Night Live would be more like Sunday Morning Live at 12:30 a.m., and Golden State Warriors games at 11:30 p.m. might mean no more Steph Curry three-pointers for the bleary-eyed. Airline itineraries could cause headaches when you realize that your 9 a.m. flight from Miami to LaGuardia will arrive at 11 a.m. EST instead of noon. Doing business outside our peninsula? You’ll have to recalibrate meeting times and remember that the New York Stock Exchange opens at 10:30 a.m. here.RELATED COVERAGE: Sen. Marco Rubio to push Florida year-round daylight saving time"The current system has existed for 100 years and is working fine in 70 countries," said David Prerau, author of Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time. "To change it, you have to make a tradeoff. There are a lot of pros to daylight saving time, but I’m not hearing much discussion in Florida about the cons."The Florida Legislature has passed a bill called the "Sunshine Protection Act" that would ask Congress to allow the state to stay year-round on daylight saving time, which currently runs nearly eight months of the year, from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. Continue Reading

Tips for staying calm and centered in a chaotic city

Finding inner peace in New York can be a challenge, especially for the city’s busy, multitasking residents. But Bethany Lyons, the founder of Lyons Den Power Yoga in Tribeca, has a few simple ways even the most time-strapped New Yorkers can make their lives less stressful. The first step? Make a commitment to your health. “I think it is really important to schedule in a physical practice and make it a priority,” Lyons told the Daily News. This can be anything from running to yoga to going for a walk, as long as you don’t let exercising fall to the wayside, she said. Reconnecting with nature is another way to find Zen in NYC. “Take two minutes of your day and sit there and look at a tree,” Lyons said. “As simple and ridiculous as that may sound, it is really a way to connect to our surroundings and to life around us when we aren't in mode.” By mode, she means that frantic-but-focused frame of mind New Yorkers often slip into, where they have their ear buds in and are only concerned about getting to their destination as quickly as possible. Lyons also suggests simply being kind to others, even if they bumped into you on the subway. “Give people the benefit of the doubt,” she said. “We have no idea what is going on in that person's life.” If you leave the interaction in a good place, your positive attitude may spread. Take two minutes of your day and sit there and look at a tree,” Lyons said. “As simple and ridiculous as that may sound, it is really a way to connect to our surroundings and to life around us. Lyons said there are a few simple yoga poses that require minimal time but can make all the difference in your day. Seated meditation, whether done in an easy, cross-legged position or in hero’s pose, for two to five minutes in the morning can be a “game changer,” she Continue Reading

11,000 people practice yoga in Times Square for summer solstice

More than 11,000 yoga fanatics got their downward dog on at the Crossroads of the World on Saturday. The yogis unrolled their mats in Times Square and stretched in the sun to commemorate the summer solstice. “It’s the longest day of the year. In the yoga tradition, this is the day you worship the sun,” said Christina Cielusniak, 25, a yoga instructor from Wayne, N.J. Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, said the event was a challenge. “No place is more difficult to concentrate than Times Square!” he said. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Yoga guru Rodney Yee to headline Mind over Madness in Times Square

On June 21, thousands of yogis will be seeking tranquility and flexibility in one of the busiest places on earth, New York's Times Square, as part of the annual Mind Over Madness event. This year, famed yoga guru Rodney Yee and his partner Colleen Saidman Yee will teach a free evening class on the streets of the Big Apple. The day-long free yoga event, sponsored by Athleta and held at Broadway between 42nd and 47th streets, happens every year to mark the summer solstice. The event features five free outdoor yoga classes, musical performances, speakers, raffles, and free yoga mats and gift bags to the first 1,200 attendees arriving to each class. The day's scheduled free yoga classes are 7:25am-8:30am, 10am-11:15am, 1pm-2:30pm (Bikram), 5:30pm-6:30pm, and 7:45pm-9pm. To preregister and learn more: timessquarenyc.org/events/solstice-in-times-square/index.aspx. However, both evening classes -- the 5:30pm class taught by Yee and Saidman Yee and the 7:45pm class taught by Douglass Stewart -- are already at capacity. Like your yoga in a more serene setting? Wanderlust's annual event in Bondville, Vermont, runs June 21-24, followed by an event in Colorado July 4-7. Days are for downward dogs with more than 40 top yoga instructors; nights are for dance parties featuring musical acts and DJs. Sister events happen in California's Squaw Valley on July 18-21 and Whistler, BC, on August 1-4.  Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Mind Over Madness to draw thousands of yogis to Times Square in NYC

If you happen to be in New York City's Times Square on June 20, you might want to tote along your yoga mat. On that day, thousands of yogis will be seeking tranquility and flexibility in one of the busiest places on earth as part of the annual Mind Over Madness event. The day-long free yoga event, sponsored by Lucy Activewear and held at Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets, happens every year to mark the summer solstice. The event features musical performances, speakers, raffles, and free giveaways. SHOULD YOGA BE AN OLYMPIC SPORT? Last year, organizer Times Square Alliance streamed the event live on its website, and Lucy provided free yoga mats and gift bags to the first 1,000 attendees for each class. Stay tuned for offers available this year. The day's scheduled free yoga classes are 7:30am-8:45am, 12:30pm-2pm (Bikram), and 6pm-7:30pm.  Like your yoga in a more serene setting? Wanderlust's annual event in Bondville, Vermont, runs June 21-24, followed by an event in Lake Tahoe, California, on July 5-8. Days are for downward dogs with more than 40 top yoga instructors; nights are hedonistic dance parties featuring musical acts and DJs. Sister events happen in Colorado on July 5-8 and Whistler, BC, August 23-26. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Chill out: 206 cool and random things to do when summer heats up in NYC

We asked the Daily News Features team what they wanted to do this summer. Follow their lead and you may run into them all over town — and beyond. JOE NEUMAIER 1. Get to an outdoor movie. From DUMBO to Hoboken to Socrates Park to Riverside Park to the roving Rooftop film series, catch a flick while enjoying the New York night air. More than 200 movies will play out between now and Aug. 20. (rooftopfilms.com)2. Tackle a big novel, John Sayles' mammoth "A Moment in the Sun." It'll take all summer to finish this work from the genius filmmaker set during the turn of the last century. Due May 17.3. Escape to the zoos. Beyond the Bronx and Central Park … the Queens, Prospect Park and Staten Island zoos make for great escapes, whether or not you are entertaining children or out-of-town guests. (And "Zookeeper," starring Kevin James, opens July 8.)4. Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute free neighborhood concerts. The stately sounds of 57th St. come to Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx throughout the summer. One example: The Latin American despecho songs of Lucia Pulido at the Queens Library central Branch on Merrick Blvd., May 22 at 3 p.m. (carnegiehall.org)5. Read a book, then see the movie. For grade-schoolers, compare and contrast "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" (June 19) and "Mr. Popper's Penguins" (June 17). For tweens, there's the young adult book "Headhunters," the basis for Selena Gomez's "Monte Carlo" (July 1). For Mom, there's "The Help" on Aug. 12; for Dad, the nonfiction book about Saddam Hussein's sons, "The Devil's Double" on July 29.6. Go climb something. A small secret, but the largest ropes course in the tri-state area, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course on Winchester Blvd. in Queens, is great for group parties and for solo climbers. But it helps to be in shape, unlike me.7. Get peaceful. Visit the Chinese Scholar's Garden at Staten Island's Snug Harbor.8. Free art, free river view, free air. Riverside Park's Continue Reading

Summer’s Hot 100: What to hear, see and do in NYC

There's nothing like Memorial Day weekend to get you planning hot-weather events and escapes. To help you celebrate summer, here are 100 amazing things to hear, see and do in the best city on earth!WHAT TO HEAR 1. "The Wiz." R &B queen Ashanti plays Dorothy in this latest staging of the ’70s pop-soul re-think on “The Wizard of Oz.” At City Center, 131 W. 55th St. (212) 247-0430. 2. Summer Reading Program Kick-Off party. Join the Brooklyn Public Library for the beginning of reading season as the chick-rock group Care Bears on Fire perform live. June 4 at 3:30 p.m. Free; 1 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, (718) 230-2100. 3. Brooklyn Music Festival. Reggae, dancehall and calypso heat up Aviator Sports & Recreation, Floyd Bennett Field. June 21, 50 Aviator Road, Brooklyn. For more information, go to BrooklynMusic Festival.com. 4. “All Points West.” The largest alterna-rock festival on the East Coast hits Liberty State Park the weekend of July 31. This second annual fest sprawls through three days of groovy rock bands, headlined by the Beastie Boys, Tool and Coldplay, who close the day-long shows, Fri., Sat. and Sun. respectively. Single-day pass $89, three-day pass $199. Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, N.J., (212) 307-7171. 5. Beyonce channels her inner “Sasha Fierce” at the Garden on June 21. The latest live extravaganza from the sex-bomb singer promises to be her most elaborate — and, if we’re lucky, drag-queen-ready — event to date. $20.75-$175.75; Seventh Ave. between 31st and 33rd Sts., (212) 307-7171. 6. Depeche Mode plans to prove synthpop never dies by spreading their S&M-tinged gloom through the Garden on Aug. 3 and 4. Reach out and touch faith. $49.50 to $129.50, (212) 307-7171. 7. Taylor Swift, modern country music’s first true teen idol, makes her live New York debut in the most public way possible — at the Garden Aug. 27. $24.50 - $79.50, (212) 307-7171. 8. Black Eyed Peas. The Continue Reading

Going Hogmanay wild in Scotland

It was 10:30 p.m. on a New Year's Eve, and I was being swept along Princes St. in the heart of Edinburgh by a euphoric crowd of Scottish revelers all geared up for one of the biggest outdoor parties in the world. Hogmanay - as New Year's Eve is called in Scotland - draws its roots from the Vikings' celebrations of yule, as well as pagan rituals associated with the winter solstice. A more important holiday than Christmas in Scotland (children traditionally go from house to house asking for presents), Hogmanay is an integral part of Scottish culture - even Jan. 2 is an official holiday here. Judging from the spirited merrymaking that takes place every year, it's apparent the extra day off to recover comes in handy before folks have to head back to work in the New Year. Hogmanay is celebrated in cities across Scotland, but perhaps nowhere as elaborately as in Edinburgh, where it has evolved into a four-day winter festival that typically attracts 400,000 visitors to the Scottish capital. The festivities begin on Dec. 29 with a torchlight procession along Edinburgh's famed Royal Mile, followed the next night by a street theater carnival. But when it comes to partying on New Year's Eve, Times Square has nothing on Edinburgh. Many in the crowd - including loads of Scotsmen in full-kilted regalia - had just come from their Hogmanay dinners, while others appeared to have started their drinking much earlier in the day. The pubs in the city are open until the early hours of the morning, and there would be many more lagers and malt whiskys consumed before the night was over. Party central was Edinburgh Castle, the millennia-old landmark where rocker Debbie Harry, clad in a purple tartan miniskirt, whipped the 100,000-strong crowd into a frenzy with a repertoire of hits from her Blondie days. At five minutes to midnight, Harry launched into a rock version of "Auld Lang Syne" to the accompaniment of an electric guitar - and thousands of slightly off-key Continue Reading

Traffic forecast for Thursday, June 21, 2007

All city parking rules are in effect today and tomorrow. Even the summer solstice affects New York traffic! The Times Square Alliance presents "Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga" on Military Island at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Ave. between 43rd and 44th Sts., from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Thursday is also the grand opening of the Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium Times Square at 9 a.m. There will be nothing odd about the traffic that will snarl 42nd St. between Seventh and Eighth Aves. throughout the day. Around 7p.m., there will be an opening night celebration featuring a special appearance by Carmen Electra. Two top presidential candidates are in the city Thursday and Friday. You'll have to read Thursday's column to find out about Friday, but Thursday at 6p.m., former Sen. John Edwards will be at Cooper Union on Seventh St. at Third Ave., along with former Gov. Mario Cuomo. Run Central Park run! The 31st annual JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge 3.5-mile run is Wednesday and Thursday with a start time of 7p.m. both nights in Central Park, just south of 72nd St. Expect heavier traffic along Central Park West. From Brooklyn to Staten Island, baseball's back! Wednesday is Opening Day at Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Staten Island, where the Staten Island Yankees face the Brooklyn Cyclones at 7 p.m. in Game 2 of the "ferry" subway series, and a soldout game at that. Expect delays along Richmond Terrace and several local streets around the stadium. The best way to the game is the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, the R or W to Whitehall station, or the 1 to South Ferry and then a 25-minute ride on the FREE Staten Island ferry. Thursday's game between these teams is back at Coney Island's KeySpan Park. If you see 2,000 people standing outside a block away from Radio City Music Hall, it's not for a concert. It's only an evacuation drill taking place on Sixth Ave. between 51st and 52nd Sts. around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Continue Reading