In New York, even if you don’t wear a watch and don’t carry a phone, you could still find out the current time. There are clocks everywhere, with either Roman numerals or Arabic numerals on their faces. Digital clocks are on the rise, and they are becoming more and more accurate, dissecting every second into millions of pieces.
But usually the more ancient a clock is, the more beautiful and artistic it is. The longer it takes to find out what the clock is saying, the more enjoyable the experience is. Clocks that flash numbers at the viewer’s eyes could easily evoke a sense of urgency, as if reminding people to fight for time.
There is a 1909 clock in front of Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue building. Every time I pass by, I feel like I am transported back to early twentieth century.
There is a small bell tower on top of Cooper Union, and the clock is even older than the one on Fifth Avenue. Built in 1859, Copper Union building is one of the most beautiful in New York City. The school is a representative of new technology, but as the bell tower clock continues to push time forward, it seems to sing a song of eternity, reminding us of what technology cannot change.
The “Grand Central Clock,” made in 1913, showed up in many Hollywood movies throughout the history. It is one of the symbols of New York City, and a favorite place for friends to meet. The clock is worth millions of dollars, but time itself is immeasurable. And what is more precious than time, is the forever present moment.
If you listen closely to the ticking of a clock, it is not saying “one, two, three, for, but “now, now, now, now…”