Times Square attracts 1,000,000 partygoers on New Year’s Eve. Here are some quick facts about Times Square, which is known by many names, including ‘The Crossroads of the World’ and ‘The Great White Way’, and ‘The Tenderloin’ due to the fact that in the 1920s it was the most desirable location in Manhattan.
Originally named Longacre Square, it was renamed in April 1904 when the New York Times moved its headquarters to the Times Building, which is presently called One Times Square.
1904 saw the first New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square. The party was held by the New York Times.
In 1907 the first ball drop occurred. The initial New Year’s Eve Ball was made by an immigrant metalworker named Jacob Starr. The ball was made of iron and wood and decorated with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs. It was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds.
The 1929 stock market crash saw the area decline. Businesses closed down and moved out and seedier forms of entertainment moved into the area.
1942 and 1943 are the only years that a ball has not been lowered. Times Square was under a dim-out due to the war.
From the 1960s through to the 1980s, Times Square was noted for drug sales, porn theatres, and prostitution.
In 1974, Dick Clark began hosting the special Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. He was host from 1974- 2004 and then from 2006-2012.
In the 1990s, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani led the successful movement, which became known as Disneyfication, to clean up Times Square.
The statue of George M. Cohan is not in Times Square, although many believe it is. It is actually located in Father Duffy Square.
Times Square is famous for its signage, which includes electric, neon and illuminated signs for various products and companies, including Coca-Cola, Toshiba and the curved NASDAQ sign.
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