Times Square, New York, USA Tourist Attractions and Travel

Times Square, the most bustling square of New York is known for its many Broadway theatres, cinemas and supersigns. This New York cam is overlooking Big Apples Time Square in the heart of New York city.  Enjoy this live Times Square web cam in New York. This street level web cam at Times Square, New York, is located above the T.G.I Friday's Restaurant at 1552 Broadway at 46th street and is looking towards the heart of New York's Times Square.  Enjoy people watching in Times Square.  It is one of those places that make New York a city that never sleeps.

 Times Square travel, New York Tourist Attractions

Broadway's huge number of animated neon and television-style signage have long made it one of New York's iconic symbols, and a symbol of the intensely urban Manhattan. Times Square is the only neighborhood in New York with a zoning ordinance requiring tenants to display bright signs. The density of illuminated signs in Times Square now rivals Las Vegas.

Times Square, New York City, USA

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At the end of the 19th century, New York City had expanded up to 42nd street and the area was becoming the center of the city's social scene. In 1904, the New York Times built the Times Tower on 43rd street just off Broadway to replace the premises in Downtown. The square facing the building was called the Longacre square, but was soon renamed Times Square. The name is now used for the area between 40th and 53rd street and 6th and 9th avenue.


The inauguration of the New York Times' new headquarters at 1 Times Square was celebrated with a fireworks display, starting a New Year's eve tradition which still continues today. The Times Square tourism first famous ball-lowering from the 1 Times Square's rooftop pole was held on New Year's Eve 1907.Leaning Tower of Pisa


At the start of the first World War, Times square was the center of the Theater district and attracted a large number of visitors. This made the square an ideal place for billboards. In 1917 the first large electric display billboard was installed. 11 Years later, the first running electric sign was let for the first time, to announce Herbert Hoover's victory in the Presidential elections. The billboards have become such a tourist attraction for the area, that the zoning now requires the buildings to be covered with billboards!


In the thirties, the Great Depression led to a sharp decline in theater attendance. Many businesses had to close down, and they were quickly replaced by strip teases and and peep shows. The area continued to attract visitors though and after the second World War, the Theater district was booming again. At the end of the sixties, the area started to go downhill and by the mid-seventies, tourists avoided Times square, which had become a seedy, crime-ridden and drug-infested place.


In the 1980's redevelopment proposals were submitted, with little result. This changed a decade later, when the Walt Disney Company opened a Disney store on Times Square. This attracted more family-friendly businesses to the area, leading to a so-called 'Disneyfication'. The Times Square travel area is - like most of New York City - a lot safer now than in the early nineties and is once again a magnet for tourists and a center of New York's social scene.


For the past century, Times Square has been a mecca for music and the arts. Times Square was home to the music publishing industry, "Tin Pan Alley", which shaped American music during the first half of the 20th Century. The word "Broadway" means theater throughout the world. roadway's shows represent the biggest, the brightest, and the most of their kind - popular live theater. The dazzling lights of the Great White Way's theaters have fascinated fans nationwide for over a New York Tourist Attractions century. To attend a Broadway show is to be part of an event that millions travel from around the world to enjoy, and millions more simply dream about.

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