the New Times Square

IF ONE THING CHARACTERIZES the city of New York, it is the bravado with which everything is shamelessly laid out on the table. New York is the city of showing, from the Bigger-Is-Better mentality of skyscrapers, to the competitive gallery scene, to street life and outrageous fashions, up-front sexuality, big spending, and Madison Avenue exhibitionism. Penultimate in this culture of display is Times Square, landmark of crime and capital, the seamy and the splendid, where a mass of social contradictions are by turn glorified and dismantled. The entertainment and tourist district of New York, Times Square is simultaneously the site of Broadway musical theater, porn palaces, art, news, and neon signs from around the world, all branded into American collective consciousness every New Year’s Eve. Times Square is that dangerously tempting, sleazy, corrupt, surprising, disgusting, delightful locus

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