Photo by myself in Times Square.
Huge illuminated billboards advertise musicals playing in the Theater District nearby. With all the lights, this area is referred to as 'The Great White Way'.
For those visiting who want to see a show, you can go to the TKTS booths in Times Square, South Street Seaport and Brooklyn for discounted tickets the day of the performance.
I feel lucky to have met photographers, graphic designers and artists during my time in New York.
A coworker's cousin stars in a play on 43rd Street. Without a day job. I lived in the same building as an opera singer. I could hear her practicing the few days a month when she was in town.
One of Mark's good friends used to photograph for Rolling Stone. He's a talented painter who now works with computer animation.
A friend of a friend is the lead singer in a band with a small following. He travels some, drinks hard and feels he will never truly 'make it'. I have listened to him rant, vodka bottle in hand, about the cutthroat music business. I get the sense it's a love-hate relationship that he can't save himself from.
Countless others slough it away at their day jobs, while trying to make it as an actor or stylist in their free time. It's these folks and the established creatives who form my idea of New York - a city that is vibrant, persevering and colorful.
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