To the enthrallment of cosmopolitan vagrants and to the desperation of native New Yorkers, Times Square remains nonchalantly open to sightseers while persistently closed to vehicular traffic. New York City’s leading dynamic nexus has been transformed into a freaky outdoor mall for snail-paced crowds who come, see, but do little else. While stores in this unlikely tourist enclave, stretching from 42nd to 47th Streets, are attracting fascinated window shoppers they’re attracting little in the way of paying customers. Many of these shops are being forced to close and many businesses that once planned opening a store on Times Square are now reconsidering their options. {read more Gothamist}