Times Square is a major intersection in Manhattan, a borough of New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. TheTimes Square area makes up the western part of the commercial area of Midtown Manhattan.
The historical name was Longacre Square. In 1904, New York Times publisher Adolph S. Ochs moved thenewspaper's operations to a new skyscraper in Longacre Square. Then, Ochs persuaded Mayor to construct a subway station there, and the area was renamed "Times Square" on April 8, 1904. Just three weekslater, the first electrified advertisement appeared on the side of a bank at the corner of 46th Street and Broadway. Now known simply as One Times Square, this exTimes building is famed for the TimesSquare Ball drop on its roof every New Year's Eve. As the growth in New York City continued, Times Square quickly became a cultural hub full of theaters, music halls, and upscale hotels. Times Squarequickly became New York's agora. The general atmosphere changed with the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s.
Times Square acquired a reputation as a dangerous neighborhood in the followingdecades. From the 1960s to the early 1990s, the seediness of the area, especially its adult businesses, became an infamous symbol of the city's decline.
In 1990, the state of New York tookpossession of six of the nine historic theatres on 42nd Street, and the New 42nd Street nonprofit organization was appointed to oversee their restoration and maintenance. The theatres were renovated forBroadway shows, converted for commercial purposes, or demolished. Nowadays, it is a famous place to visit because of its theaters, restaurants and arts events.
Formerly named Longacre Square, TimesSquare was renamed after the Times Building (now One Times Square) in April 1904. Times Square, sometimes known as the "Crossroads of the World," has achieved the status of an iconic world landmark and...