Times Square may be the most touristic spot in New York City, and one that New Yorkers avoid at all costs. But we thought it might be time to shed some new light on the much maligned landmark. Here are our 10 favorite secrets about Times Square:
1. There’s an Unmarked and Unnamed Sound Art Installation Emanating from a Subway Grate
Some would accurately describe Max Neuhaus as a “sound sculptor.” His installation, “Times Square” below the subway ventilation grates on a slab of land between Broadway and 7th Avenues (45th & 46th Street) has been a little-known attraction since 1977, emanating huge sound to the select few who purposely or accidentally experience it.
The late percussionist had this to say about his installation in 2002, “The piece isn’t meant to startle, it’s meant for people who are ready to discover. In fact, I never do a work where everybody stops and notices it in a public place. I want at least 50% of the people to walk through it without noticing it, without hearing it.” This unpretentious find goes down as one of our top 10 subway art installations in NYC.