The Times Square of today is a far cry from its humble origins as Long Acre Square. In the late 1880s and early 1890s (or so), William H Vanderbilt’s American Horse Exchange hosted an open space with drab apartments surrounding it on all sides. Unlike what one might expect, electricity would soon transform this area into something much more inviting – safer streets lit up by billboards advertising plays or movies. At the same time, overhead lamps give off just enough light to make walking easier without making shadows disappear altogether.
Times Square is a historic location that has become an iconic part of New York City. It’s home to many famous theaters and performers, making it a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors who come from all around the world.
Times Square is the center of New York City’s theatre district. Located in Midtown, it forms an intersection between 7th Avenue (West), 42nd Street (East), and Broadway Boulevard, which runs north-south along its eastern side at 648 feet above sea level with 8 lanes wide sidewalks on each corner for pedestrians that can be busy day or night due to all kinds performances going on around town.
Longacre Square is not the original Times Square, but it did have a significant impact on history. The New York Times publisher Adolph Ochs convinced then-mayor George McClellan to build a subway station there, which would eventually be called “Times” and now house many of our favorite tourist spots like Madame Tussaud’s wax museum or Duffy Park Conservancy where you can beat free samples with other fun things!
Times Square was the first neighborhood in New York City to take on an electric glow. Placed atop a bank’s building at 47th Street and Broadway, advertisements quickly became popular among theatergoers who were dazzled by their brightnesses or used as part of stage illusions—some said for good luck.
In 1904 Times Squares’ growth seemed unstoppable; within three weeks, 2 million people were living here. The Wrigley Spearmint Gum sign cost $9000 per month ($117K today) when it came onto renting premises from 1907 until 1912 – making this area home not just to advertisers but also new residents like dancer Loie Fuller who would later found schools across Latin America.