A few weeks ago, my roommate and I decided to take a late-night bike ride up the West Side Highway. It was around midnight when we hit 59th Street and headed east towards Central Park. Dangerous, yes, but the air was calm until we decided to advance on the brilliant idea of biking through Times Square to head back Downtown to home base. Somehow, at that time of night, there were hundreds, if not thousands, of gawking pedestrians, amazed by the lights and sounds of the commercial hub. Given, it was almost 1am on a Wednesday night.
Why bring up this experience? We all know the pains of Times Square; it's become that cliche criticism of tourists - "Ugh.... I HATE Times Square." We get it. But here's an amazing reason
to check out 42nd Street and up tonight:
The Mars Rover known as Curiosity will be completing
its eight-month journey across the galaxy and everyone in Times Square and beyond will be able to watch it on the Toshiba Vision screen (it's one of those, uhm, big flashy screens... just look where everyone else is looking). At around 11:30pm, the screen will flash to the event as our Rover lands on the Red Planet. It's not until 1:31am, though, that the exploratory device is set to land; from then on, pictures will be taken immediately and will flash across the screen until 4am.
We're trying very, very hard to keep our inner geek excitement from bursting out.More »