Given the crowds that will pack in to Times Square tonight, and the broadcasts which originate from there, New York City is undeniably America’s headquarters for New Year’s Eve. But every day of the year, Rose Eveleth has her eye on New York, thanks to a myriad of closed-circuit cameras.
There’s no sound, just a constant series of moving images that always keeps the same pace. Eight seconds of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. Nine seconds of Staten Island Expressway at Fingerboard Road. Eight seconds of the 59th Street Bridge. Eight seconds of the Van Wyck at 72nd street. And so on. And repeat.
Sometimes new cameras will pop up. Recently, a new Times Square camera has entered into the rotation. The Bowery and Canal street cam isn’t alway there, but when it shows up it delivers a nice forking traffic pattern.