History of Times Square

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Many crowd into Time Square on New Year’s Eve

Every New Year’s Eve, at least a million people crowd into Times Square in New York City to watch the New Year’s ball drop.

This is a tradition dating back to 1907/1908 and is watched by millions of people around the world.

Time Square is the second most visited destination {behind Las Vegas} in the United States with approximate 131 million visitors a year.

Times Square is sometimes referred to as the Crossroads of the World or the heart of the Great White Way.

By 1872, the area was the center of the New York horse carriage industry and named Longacre Square.

In 1904, the New York Times moved to the new skyscraper on 42nd Street and the area was renamed Times Square on April 8th of that year.  Three weeks later, the first electrified advertisement appeared at the corner of 46th Street and Broadway. 

In 1913, the first road was intersected as 42nd and Broadway and spanned across the country to the California coast.

Following World War I, Time Square grew astronomically and became a cultural hub of theatres, music halls and
upscale hotels.

The area has gone through a variety of ups and downs over the last decade but remains the cultural hub of America.

Have you ever been to Time Square?

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