My first stop was Times Square. Now if you knew me, you would know that I despise Times Square. Don't take this the wrong way, but it's just too crowded (mostly tourists) and you literally can't get anywhere if you try to walk through there with a destination in mind. When I am a tourist in another city I am certain that I walk equally as slow, stopping to take pictures, looking, pointing and just downright sauntering and enjoying myself. That's what tourists do. But when you are not a tourist, and are trying to get from point A to point B, trust me, don't try to cross through Times Square. And don't even get me started about how bad it is around the holidays.
So anyway, since I am on a stay-cation I thought why not act like a real tourist. Plus, I wanted to get out and play around with my camera and some new apps I got for my iPhone. I heard about a new public art display smack in the middle of Times Square, and thus it became my destination. "Cool Water, Hot Island" is by Brooklyn artist Molly Dilworth. A gorgeous blue "river" is literally painted on Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets in the pedestrian mall area.
(taken with my digital SLR)
It's pretty cool, but I was a little underwhelmed by it after seeing a bunch of aerial shots of the street that were way more impressive. Alas, I don't have a helicopter nor do I know anyone who works in one of the buildings looking down upon it.
After surviving Times Square I decided to walk around and see what else looked interesting. I saw this sign and was drawn in by the huge circular M&Ms. I thought it would be a good image for The Sunday Creative prompt this week, which is "shapely". (Oh, and please note: I had no idea there even was an M&M store, and I was a little appalled by it. That's all I am going to say about that). I used two different iPhone apps:
(taken with new "film" for Hipstamatic app)
(taken with Plastic Bullet app)
Still with "shapely" on my mind, I passed by this voluptuous statue on my way back to the subway. I couldn't resist.
(taken with Format 126 app)
And yes, I did get some strange looks from people and I am sure I was walking too slowly, but I didn't care because I was a tourist for the day!
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