The W Hotel, Times Square. I showed up around, let’s say 6:00am 23 October 2011, and then stood around until 10:30am, and then saw 30 seconds combined of SHINee.
That is true.
I was at the front of the crowd standing at the entrance on the right side:
You see that fence next to me? They eventually squished the whole crowd behind the one fence, so as to not block the sidewalk. It was ridiculously tight, it was me and that fence and 100 people squished behind me. The security guards of the hotel kept yelling at us to not block the sidewalk, but really, do you have to be that mean? We are not overly rabid fans and are content to stand behind a fence to see them, yelling at us is superfluous.
Eventually, the SMTown bus pulled up:
I suspect they picked the W Hotel because no one can see in the hotel, even the lobby is off to the side, and not in front of the entrance. Moreover, it is close to Madison Square Garden, and relatively inexpensive. I actually considered staying at the W Hotel, scarily enough, but they require two nights minimum, and I was only staying one. Fail.
The SMTown bus driving past the W Hotel:
Then, we knew that they had to come out sometime. First was SHINee. I was standing anxiously by, watching the entrance when I was suddenly struck by a really handsome man in sunglasses coming out of the hotel.
Then Onew, Jonghyun. Then at 1:13s, Taemin and Key.
You can hear me saying “oh my god”, but I won’t tell you when.
They all looked pretty good, though I was disappointed Jonghyun had his face turned away from my side all the time. Big disappointment, since I am Jonghyun bias. However, Key and Taemin with their blonde hair, almost looked like brothers here. Key was extremely, extremely handsome in person. He probably was the one who took my breath away the most that morning. Though it does not look like it, Key and Taemin were actually waving in my direction, however, I did not make eye contact with either of them.. even though I wore an obnoxiously bright jacket (it doesn’t look so bad in the photo, but in person, it really takes people some time getting used to).
Thirty seconds? Worth it? Worth it. I have no idea why, but I would do it all over again if I could. The stage is so separate, but walking on the same sidewalk in NYC? I just.. it brings so much more closeness. I must be incoherent, but that’s how I feel.
Other people I saw:
I did see Victoria from f(x), but she came out alone and was in a cap, and no one yelled for her at first. Then it all dawned on us that she was Victoria, and she got a few late screams.. poor Victoria, no one recognized her!