New Year's Eve will be upon us in just two days. To me, New Year's Eve recalls two things: the countdown in Times Square, and fireworks. And just like the "Grand Finale" that closes out so many fireworks displays, I thought I'd close out 2014 with its own Grand Finale of images of the place where that celebratory countdown takes place: Times Square. As a result, I'm abandoning the usual format to present to you these images in the order in which I secured them, each one progressively better than the next, while telling the story behind it.
As my weekly slide feature started to coalesce into one in which the features were roughly aligned with the seasons and holidays, I knew that I'd love to have a photo of Times Square fully aglow in a blaze of neon during heyday as the feature for this year ending issue. Armed with a couple dollars and not a lot of patience, I started hitting ebay in July to secure a shot.
Problem was, others were looking for original slides as well, and while I'm quirky, I can also be quite cheap, and when the bidding for a single shot would start to creep past $10 and approach $20, I'd let the slide go and look out for another. This trend would only repeat itself again and again over a couple of weeks. Eventually, I locked sights onto one 1956 vintage night time Kodachrome slide in particular, and was determined to bring it home, finally securing it for the princely sum of $17.50. Alas, my mission had been accomplished! End of story.