Nearly 60 million people are projected to visit Times Square in 2016 — 13 blocks of billboards, generic Irish bars, chain restaurants, and stores you can find in any mall — which makes it one of the most-trafficked tourist attractions in the world.
I woke up late and sweaty, stared at the ceiling, did laundry, watched Netflix, didn't fold said laundry, and then took the wrong subway to Rockefeller Center instead of Times Square. My brain was trying to abort, and I had the anxiety of someone who knew they were making a mistake, but drove past the last U-turn miles ago.
My original idea was to spend 24 hours in Times Square, but BuzzFeed and my girlfriend shot down that idea because of safety and mental health concerns. So I told everyone I was spending eight to ten hours in this hell — but I lied. I planned on staying there as long as my eyes stayed open and my legs could prop me up.
Like I said — I specialize in bad ideas.