The Feds deny they told NYC to remove large neon signs or else lose $90 million in funding, but damn it, someone needs to get rid of them!
The city that never sleeps because no one will turn off the damn bright lights!
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In a move that would have pleased every New Yorker except for M&M store employees, Times Square almost had to remove its disgustingly bright signs or else lose $90 million in funding from the department of transportation.
If you've never visited NYC, the first spot you should skip is Times Square. It's like walking through the subconscious of a billboard. Where you could once buy cocaine and a ticket to a peepshow (from the same person), the space is now one giant advertisement.
My friend once compared New York City to the Internet, a vast, fast network where you can find almost anything and a pocket of people who will accept you if you just know where to look. If NYC is the Internet, Times Square is the virus-filled pop-up ad that kills your whole computer.
The Department of Transportation was going to apply a 2012 law to Times Square requiring signs within 660 feet of a US highway to be below a certain size (technically speaking, Broadway and 7th Avenue are both US highways...30mph highways). Times Square was in clear violation of these rules.
Alas, the Feds will not pursue this action, and the signs will remain until long after anyone reading this has turned to dust. Those of us who live near the space will continue to dread those times our cousins come to town and demand we meet near the McDonald's with the entrance surrounded by thousands of lightbulbs. We will forever live in the shadow of a Calvin Klein jeans ad, never knowing what the buildings behind it actually look like.