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NFTs and their fans enjoy a coming-out party in Times Square

Buzzing NYC conference showcases rise of the blockchain-based phenomenon

Billboards in New York City's Times Square showcased different digital art featuring NFTs all week during the conference. (Photo by Jack Stone Truitt)

NEW YORK -- Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, the tropical-themed restaurant and hotel in midtown Manhattan, is not usually the most exclusive place in New York City.

But it was standing room only beneath the propeller-plane-themed ceiling fans on Monday as some of the biggest names in tech shuffled in and out of the urban resort -- not to drink pina coladas and don flip-flops, but to wax poetic about non-fungible tokens.

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