Victor & Hélène Basch High School Exchange with Rochester 2015. After a week with our incredible families in Rochester, we went to NYC. This is a picture of us in Times Square: It rocks!!!
- From a Trade & Industry Center to Times Square
Times Square is a Square in Midtown Manhattan localized between West 42nd and West 47th Streets, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue.
Before Times Square it was Longacre Square, the center of the carriage trade. In 1904 it was renamed Times Square after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the Times Building. The New York Times Building inaugurated a new tradition in 1907: The New Year’s Eve ball drop; the ball descends 43 meters (141 feet) in 60 seconds down a specially designed flagpole, beginning at 11:59 p.m, and resting at midnight to the signal the start of the new year. Nowadays, the ball is still dropped from the New York Times Building, which is now the One Times Square, and no longer the New York Times’ headquarters. This event is still very popular thousands of people and tourists come in Times Square every years to see it, and millions of people all over the U.S watch on TV.
Following the installation of the New York Times Building in 1904, the first electrified advertising appeared on the building, which was and is still a skyscraper which has a prime location within the Square. It influenced the others buildings and led to the Times Square advertised place we know.
This is a picture of Times Square in 1904. At the middle there’s the New York Times Building. On the right there’s the Beaux-Arts Hotel Astor.
During the Roaring Twenties (1920’s) Times Square became the new cultural center, which abounded of theaters, hotels and music halls. People could sometimes meet Broadway celebrities like Charlie Chaplin or Fred Astaire who often visited Times Square. Thanks to the influence of Broadway and the installation of the Beaux-Arts Hotel Astor which attracted the high society class to Times Square. With its 11 floors and several ballrooms, the hotel quickly earned a reputation as the most fashionable and trendy place to go for dinner, drinks, or dancing. Now the site is a office tower called One Astor Plaza.
After the Second World War Times Square declined and became a place of debauchery. However in the 1980’s a commercial building boom began in Times Square and restored the safety and the commercial economy in Time Square.
- The Times Square we know: An illustration of New York, « the city that never sleeps »
This is a photography of Times Square during the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in 2014. As you can see the building in the middle is the same. However it has been rename »One Times Square » building.
Times Square is one of the most visited place in the world, around 330,000 people pass through Times Square daily (most of them are tourist). Times Square is now a major commercial intersection, tourist attraction, and center of the world’s entertainment industry. It has an estimation of 50 million visitors annually. Times Square is bright, it has Billboards (panneaux d’affichage) and advertisements in most of its buildings. It’s sometimes referred to as « The Crossroads of the World » because of the thousands of people from all over the world who visit it every days, or also know as « The Center of the Universe »: this could be linked to the lights and the Billboards which shine like stars and the fact that Time Square is a place where you can find almost everything.
- What did we see in Times Square: A Wonderful Excessiveness; A Disney-Like Feeling.
Times Square is an incredible place, with hundreds of shops. Everything is bright, everything is big. It has lots of car free areas, so the streets are full of pedestrians. We were amazed by this abundance of everything.
You can also find in Times Square trendy and must-see restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe or the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. a restaurant inspired by the famous blockbuster Forrest Gump.
You can visit eccentric stores you can not find elsewhere. A perfect example of this excessiveness could be the Toy’s R Us Store with a 60-foot Ferris wheel (grande roue), a 20-foot animatronic (animé et robotisé) T-Rex dinosaur or a life-size Barbie® dollhouse in the store.
There’s also the Disney store, a wonderful shop in tribute to the childish and wonderful Disney’s universe. This will make go back to your childhood.
Or Times Square’s M&M’s store which is the biggest of the world and a very touristic place, due to its huge M&M’s statues, the profusion of choice (for M&M’s), and its M&M’s derivatives.
You can also, if you have some chance, appear on a Billboard.
Yep it’s us, so famous.
Times Square is also very known for the disguised people you can meet. You can see Naked Cow Boys, the Statue of liberty or a Mickey Mouse… Everything is possible in Times Square….
Yes… everything is possible…