Performers and viewers both locals and tourists from all over the world come across Times Square in New York. Either planned or unplanned you can find several activities there. Its history is very interesting which lies beneath the streets, diners, behind the theaters and stores. Before Times Square was commonly known as the Crossroads of the World then it was changed to Times Square when The New York Times transferred to the Times Building, presently known as One Times Square. This is where the annual ball drop every New Year’s Eve is held.
Paramount building is the most renowned building on the square. It is the home of the Paramount Theater where big stars like Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, and Bing Crosby staged their shows. But after a while, the theater was demolished. The Embassy Theater is a different theater but now the home for the thousands of Times Square’s visitors. A small museum can be found there which has the history of Times Square.
History of Times Square
During the Great Depression in the thirties theater attendance was way too low. Existing business establishments had to close down, prostitution and sex theaters multiplied. Towards the end of the sixties Times Square started to go downhill though it has regained its economic status after the World War II. And in the middle of the seventies the area had gone dark with numerous crimes and prohibited drugs.
After the World War II era of prostitution in Times Square it has redeemed itself in the past two decades. The people who gave life to Times Square has come back helping in the unique commerce and creativity that make Times Square an international icon which reflects the significance of change in desires and priorities.
The first large electric billboard display was installed in 1917. The announcement of Herbert Hoover’s victory in the Presidential elections in 1928 was the first running electric sign. The billboards are part of the tourist attractions in the area. In the 90’s a Disney store was opened by the Walt Disney Company on Times Square and became a magnet for tourists.
Times Square Today
The modern American culture has been reinvented, established and exhibited in the stretch of the Times Square district. When it comes to entertainment Americans created new styles. Times Square has 76 theaters and showcased the new culture of Americans, musicals, jazz and movies. These days it’s still the busiest district of theaters in the world. They say the best things in life are free. This goes to the eye-catching views of Times Square with its glittering electrical signs of the Great White Way, commonly called as the Broadway.
Times Square is now an outdoor scene for innovative ways of communication and advertising. American news was also made there. Great writers such as Damon Runyon and Walter Winchell achieved their reporting style, the usage of slang and the gossip column which restructured the news, the way it is written and reported. Famous programs like Good Morning America, New York Times, Reuters and Viacom of ABC can be found here.
Times Square New York is one of the most visited places in the world. Cinemas, Broadway theaters and sparkling electronic billboards on Times Square are giving life to every sight of locals and tourists. It is one of the reasons why New York is called the City that Never Sleeps. The area now is a lot safer than in the early 1990’s. It is not just a large traffic intersection but has improved into a pedestrian-friendly square. The renovation project of Times Square Transformation started in 2012 and is expected to be accomplished until 2016.