NYT: Busy Area Busier Because Of Big Game; Finance Employees Going To Same Bar They Always Go To After WorkBy Bess Levin
Report: Hell hole regularly avoided at all costs still being avoided this week.
The football carnival that has taken over 14 blocks of Broadway around Times Square may be fun for Super Bowl crowds, but those who work in the surrounding buildings are growing weary. That so-called fan zone — stretching from 47th to 34th Streets — houses office buildings for some of high finance’s most prominent names, including Barclays and Morgan Stanley. Ernst & Young’s offices sit smack at the heart of the festivities, at 42nd and Seventh Avenue. And other big office buildings, including the Bank of America Tower on Sixth Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets, are about a block away from Broadway…
“Most people here are more annoyed by more people here than excited,” said one junior banker at a big investment bank, whose building looms above Times Square, whose company, like many other financial firms, have rules discouraging employees from speaking to reporters. “People in my group have been avoiding Times Square.” By the time he leaves work, usually around 11 p.m., it is too cold to enjoy any of the events, he added…“Times Square is always insane, so it kind of just washes by us,” said Natan Last, an associate consultant at Bain and Company. Bain’s office is in the Thomson Reuters Building at Three Times Square, on Seventh Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets…As the weekend approaches, some bankers are optimistic they may be able to get out of the office early enough to see what all of the fuss is about. The junior investment banker said he has heard people talking about getting together after work to check out the scene. But he said if he had the time, he would probably avoid the Super Bowl scene. “I would probably just go to a local bar,” he said.