It's around here that, despite the emptiness and desolation, the influences and depression of midtown begin to fade away. However the rapid rate of redevelopment is evident, as practically every block is home to either an endless row of construction canopies or at least one giant crane.
Old neighborhood institutions sit side-by-side with the likes of Holiday Inn Express. It seems to be only a matter of time before everything here is replaced by some homogenized mini Times Square-like environment. Granted, there's not much here that I would really venture to save, but considering the unsavoriness that is Times Square, I think I'd prefer what's here.