So after a near miss with my luggage almost ending up in Miami. (got it delivered to the hotel, same day … amazing what first class does) I ended up in what I must say is the most luxurious hotel I have ever been in. Service so far has been excellent and the rooms are slightly short of amazing, only thing missing is a jacuzzi in my room.
So Time Square appears to be a fantasy land, created by the masterminds of consumerism and sprinkled in are the biggest banks in the world. Bear Stearns, Lehman bros, JPMorgan Chase, BoA and Morgan Stanley are all in Time Square … plus Reuters, Nasdaq and Dow Jones. This area is seriously beyond belief. The stores in the area are ridiculous and go beyond what I would normally expect out of a retailer. For instance, there is a Toys R’ Us that is multi level and has a ferris wheel inside, a Hersey Chocolate store, Virgin, MTV, Saks Fifth Ave and many more. The area seems like someone heard of this thing called the LCD and just went nuts. I would say that the first 50 feet of almost every highrise is covered in LCD display and/or paper advertising. As you walk down the street, your entire visual field is advertising and blinking lights. But I guess that is understandable, you need to recover some of the investment you made in the area since real estate must be insanely expensive.
Oh when I get back to Canada, I plan on posting a picture of the NYPD… biggest joke police station I have ever seen. It has neon lights, that flash and change color from pink to blue, and in a stupid cartoon font.