Times Square
07 April, 2011
Times Square

Any citizen of the globe who could afford it should probably go and see Times Square of New York at least once in a lifetime just as a Muslim would travel to Mecca. I don’t even know why this particular comparison occurred to me but out of any secular places in the entire world Times Square is the only one which seems to be frequented as much as Mecca, maybe even more, for that matter.  Times Square – the most densely

populated and the most richly illuminated crossroads of the world is a giant commercial hub of the city of New York, and only that! There is much more to it than just being something as simple as a cash-generating intersection in a big city. I personally perceive Times Square as a huge theater under open skies – just go take your seat and watch it for as many enchanted hours as you could possibly afford, and you won’t even have to sweat in line for a ticket to be admitted to the grand spontaneous show. Times Square could as well be taken as a round-a-clock global al fresco eatery where both the locals and the visitors from around the globe are simultaneously munching away on their favorite victuals, not wasting too much time on getting sated because there is tons of other stuff to get done in the day. I also see Times Square as a giant family get-together where folks talk to each other and have plenty of mutual interests and hobbies to share or seem to be secluded for lonely mediations on how curiously attractive the world could be once you find yourself in Times Square where everything around is talking to you and enticing you into the unknown particulars of enumerable temptations. In the clatter and rattle of Times Square, accompanied with millions of colorful lights shining and glimmering from above your head, the world seems peaceful and nonviolent. Here, you are forgetting the piles of nuclear warheads saved by a man to kill our civilization in a matter of seconds. Here, you don’t remember the dangerously turned upside down Arab world, noisily breaking through the habitual dictatorships towards democracy. Here, the oldest and most resilient enemies of mankind like hunger, disease and poverty seem no longer existent. In Times Square you become oblivious of your own personal problems because your brain starts being engaged in myriad other things that keep you – albeit temporarily – from all the wretched concerns of your everyday routine.  Times Square could be a remedy for a lot of maladies, especially those of psychological and even political character. Imagine we had a little local Times Square somewhere downtown Tbilisi where Georgians, Apkkazians, Ossetians, Russians, Americans and others get together at their leisure time to eat and drink in the most agreeable company, go on multiparty shopping sprees and watch those glittering lights above and around them, dreaming mutual dreams and planning the joint future, forgetting their strife and their handicapped negotiations in Geneva and Strasburg. The Tbilisi Times Square could probably work wonders. It could even heal the bleeding wounds of this nation. Who would resist the magic of peaceful coexistence and the captivating idea of togetherness in a happy place like Tbilisi Times Square? And the possibility is right there – the famous billionaire developers are eyeing the sites in the center of Georgia’s capital for starting the construction of skyscrapers which might trigger the creation of the Times Square right here in Tbilisi. Wouldn’t our bigger and smaller brothers come over and enjoy the place if it really is out there? Why fly ten thousand kilometers overseas to be part of the Times Square in New York when you can enjoy the same way the Times Square of Tbilisi – just as felicitous and attractive, just as shimmering, dazzling and gleaming!

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