Take a tour through the history of Times Square. One hundred
years ago yesterday Times Square came into existence, and has served
as the icon of humanity where Terrorism and Vigilance meet and melt
into one great pot of humanity called the "Crossroads of the World."
Thursday, April 8,
2004—Ground Zero Plus 939
100 Years Of Vigilance Over Terrorism--Times Square
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--April 8, 2004 -- For the past
100 years Times Square has been the cornerstone of much Terrorism and
Not too long ago one put his or her life in one's hands
when daring to walk through the crime-infested, X-rated quagmire of
Times Square's most squalid stench.
is the proverbial icon to ring in the New Year
In less than a decade
that image has transformed into one that draws more than 30 million
visitors a year, and is the proverbial icon of ringing in a New Year
for literally of billions of people who watch the "ball fall" from the
"Y"-shaped fork of what is called the "Crossroads of the World."
Yesterday I went on a picture
safari through Times Square, to capture the historic 100th Birthday of
its acquiring the name: "Times Square." Below are a series
of pictures and some history of the square to give you an idea of both the magic and the mystery of Times
In just the
short four years I've been living in New York City I've seen it as the
center of many things. It was a pillar during the horrible time
when the Terrorists attacked the World Trade Center. It
stood strong during the burning of the Towers that lasted months after
the event, clogging the air with a reminder that death and destruction
is an eye-blink away.
remains a popular protest site
were the protests. Tens of thousands of people massed with signs
and chants, screaming and bellowing out their angst, rallying around
Times Square as though it were the main artery to New York's historic
rights to free speech and its solidarity to liberal, diverse
NYC police force continually protect Times Square
Of course, there is the incredible
New York City police force of more than 30,000 men and women in blue
who stroll up and down the streets of Times Square, as well as other
parts of the city, but who consider Times Square a prime Terrorist
target because it has more people per square inch of sidewalk than
anywhere else in the world on a 24-hour-a-day basis.
during the August, 2003 blackout
Then, I was here when the
Blackout came. I walked up to Times Square and strolled through
its blackness. Rarely does this heart of the city go
black, but it did two years ago. There was still something
magical about it, even without light. And, when the lights
came back on, Times Square was one of the first to ignite back to
There has been much happening since the
name of the site changed to reflect the presence of the New York Times
building a hundred years ago.
Let pictures tell some of the story and
your imagine develop the rest. But one thing can be assured.
If there is a Sentinel of Vigilance that watches over New York City,
it isn't the tall buildings.
is the Crossroads of the World
It is the great Crossroads of the World,
where people of all types and walks of life--from Terrorist to Parents
of Vigilance--pass one another in awe of a great square of humanity
where all differences melt, and all humanity become one family.
If there were a Times Square in every city of the
world, there is a good chance the Beast of Terror would melt right
into the crowd and be consumed by the need to be one rather than
trying to break from the pack.
Enjoy the tour, and when you're done,
reaffirm your Vigilance by taking the Pledge of Vigilance.
Is It A Good (Vigilant) Or Bad (Terror) Day?