Times Square was still teeming with tourists in the early evening of New Year’s Day 2014. Aside from shopping, most people were meandering along the sidewalks and the swath of Broadway that is now a pedestrian mall. Cameras, mobile phones and tablet computers (mostly iPad’s) could be seen popping up capturing photos and videos of friends and families. Tourists going solo were making selfies with the variety of landmarks that make up the canyon of Times Square as their backdrops. And all the while, traffic was making its way south along Seventh Avenue.