In 1904, in New York, after The New York Times moved its headquarters to its new building, Times Building, the Longacre Square was renamed Times Square. Later on 31 December 1907 the tradition of annual ball drop on the New Year eve started. On this particular day over a million tourists visit the Times square.
It is a major commercial intersection and neighborhood in mid town Manhattan, at the junction of Broadway and 7th avenue, stretching from West 42nd to West 47th streets.
In my view it is probably one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections as it also happens to be the hub of the Broadway Theatre District and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry.
According to one estimate approximately over 330,000 people pass through Times Square daily, most of them being tourists, and on a busy day this number could go up to 400 thousand. Annually 50 million tourists visit this place making it the world’s most visited attraction.
During the early 1900s, Adolph S Ochs publisher of New York Times moved the newspaper’s operations to a new skyscraper on 42nd Street at Longacre Square. Three weeks later the 1st electrified advertisement appeared on the side of a bank at the corner of 46th Street and Broadway. The north end later became Duffy Square, after it was dedicated to Chaplain Francis P Duffy of New York City’s US 69th Infantry Regiment. There is also a statue of Gearge M Cohan, a well known American playwright.
After the World War 1, Times Square grew dramatically as a hub full of theatres, music halls, and upscale hotels. With it grew advertising making it the capital of advertising business. Today it boasts of the world’s biggest billboard.
The vibrancy of this place makes it an absolute must visit attraction. In the evening when the theatre starts and street performers begin their acts, I have witnessed short human traffic jam in this area. It is one place on this planet which never sleeps