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Times Square

Formerly named Longacre Square, it was renamed in April 1904 after the New York Times moved its headquarters to the Times Building, now called One Times Square.
It's nicknames include 'The Crossroads of the World' and 'The Great White Way', and reportedly 'The Tenderloin' because it was supposedly the most desirable location in Manhatten in the 1920s. The 1929 stock market crash took its toll on the area, with many businesses moving out of the area to be replaced with seedier forms of entertainment, including pornographic "peep shows".
In the 1990s led by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, New York City began a slow but steady cleaning up Times Square - the process was referred to as the 'Disneyfication'.
On New Year's Eve, close to a million people congregrate to celebrate the 'Dropping of the Ball'. Famous for its electric, neon and illuminated signs including Coca-Cola, Toshiba and the curved NASDAQ sign, the location has been used in numerous films, including Vanilla Sky when it is depicted as eerily quiet, and a post-apocalyptic version in I Am Legend.
Three sailors stop to look around Times Square while on liberty during Fleet Week
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Our Japanese village / J. Keppler.

Illustration shows a crowded outdoor scene, possibly in "Times" Square where Japanese paper lanterns are hanging and almost everyone is wearing Japanese-style clothing. Among the porters, street vendors, and st... more

"The great white way" B'way south from 42nd St.

Photograph showing Broadway at night, with crowds gathered to see films projected outdoors.

Long Acre Square, New York, N.Y.

New York Theatre on left and Hotel Cadillac in left background, Times Square.

Whelan's Drug Store, 44th Street and Eighth Avenue, Manhatta...

Digital ID: 482744. Whelan's Drug Store, 44th Street and Eighth Avenue, Manhattan.. Abbott, Berenice -- Photographer. February 07, 1936. .Notes: Code: III.C.3. Man waits on customer in background, displays of... more

Times Square with Father Duffy's statue still wrapped up

Photograph shows two men looking at Father Francis P. Duffy statue by Charles Keck in Times Square, New York.

Fly TWA New York / David.

Poster shows an abstract interpretation of Times Square in New York with a TWA jet and jetstream at the top of the image.