New York City is in a class of its own. And while it is someplace I like to go with others (I grew up just outside the city and often visited my grandmother, who lived on the Lower East Side), it's the kind of place that will wrap itself around you even if you visit alone.
In fact, it can be difficult to stick with your friends or family because the sidewalks can get so crowded. And yet it's a great place to walk and gawk and shop and buy hot pretzels on the street and people watch and just stare in awe at what city planners have wrought.
Today I had a few minutes on my own in Times Square, where the ball will drop on New Year's Eve, as always. From a flagpole at One Times Square. I took these photos in just a one-and-a-half block area. It's hard to convey the sensory bounty of it all via still photos, when practically every billboard has moving parts or flashing lights!