This way you discover Times Square in an alternative way

13 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

This way you discover Times Square in an alternative way

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Passing by cabs, electronic billboards and hysterical neon lights - not to mention the teeming crowds. Times Square is quite intense. Yet, like many other attractions, this world-famous intersection can be discovered in an alternative way. This is how you experience Times Square in the light way.

Metro art

Your adventure in New York begins underground. In one of the corridors of the 42nd Street - Times Square metro station (between the N / R / Q / W tunnel and the S-platform) you can admire no fewer than 35 ceramic reliefs. These brightly colored artworks were designed by a local sculptor and portray hectic street scenes. At one work a boy with an enlarged dollar bill pays for a mustard covered hot dog. Get out of the stream of people and greet them.

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Hidden door

Up until 1920, New Yorkers from the upper classes were able to use a shortcut, connecting the S-platform with the famous hotel bar in The Knickerbocker. The same bar, by the way, where bartender Martini di Arma who Taggia allegedly invented the martini and donated to businessman and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller. The tunnel itself was equipped with benches and the wall was decorated with Art Nouveau ornaments. Now the door to the tunnel is unfortunately closed. Although there is a sign with 'Knickerbocker' next to the door, at the end of track 1.

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A shortcut that does still in use - step into the elevator in the lobby of The Knickerbocker and press the button with 17 on it - takes you to the St. Cloud bar on the roof of the hotel. From the roof you can see the busy square well. That is not all, by the way. Copper lion heads stand guard along the edge of the rooftop terrace, and if you look north-west you will see a glass ball with clocks on all four sides on one of the nearby buildings. The bosses of the Paramount Pictures film studio once sat on the top floors of the building in question.

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