Everyone knows that, for tourists, Times Square is like visiting Mecca. You get to really taste, feel, smell, and listen to the heartbeat of the city from there. The hustle and bustle of the people and the remnants of social spirit that remain in that place from the world’s pilgrammage on New Year’s Eve keeps it magical. The whole world stops to watch the Earth renew itself annually when one single luminescent ball descends from its perch atop the Times Square building and into your heart.
But by the end of the year, all of the joy and goodwill has been used up and its time to replenish. There has been one watchmen over this entire exchange for decades…Heavy. Heavy is all that he has revealed to anyone for a name. He is a homeless man that has braved the storm of Times Square no matter what. He is the lone sheriff of this part of town. Surely, he has helped many a person with his eyes and ears on at all times.
Now that the city’s non-profits have moved in and have found placement for all of the homeless people in Times Square … with the exception of Heavy, there’s the hope that he will opt for housing. They have not sought to have him forcibly removed. And there’s a strong possiblity that they can’t. City officials have opted to simply look the other way and let the sheriff remain on the job, so he remains in Times Square by his own choice.
Read more about Heavy in the New York Times.