The wild and lively district of Times Square, previously known as Longacre Square, has been around for decades. It has been one of the main attractions of tourists from all across the world for decades.
The Times Square alone, has previously, and continues, to attract around 50 million visitors every year; most of those visitors pay their visits to Times Square to see the classic ball drop on New Year’s Eve. The annual ball drop has been a tradition since the New York Times newspaper’s December 31st arrival. Publisher Adolph Ochs held a New Year’s Eve event including the presentation of the ball drop atop the Time Building.
One of Times Square’s famous attractions are the billboards that catch eyes of onlookers from miles away with their glow. One of Times Square’s most iconic billboards included a large smoker puffing out real rings of smoke over the streets; as well as a giant electric Kleenex sign constructed with over 25,000 lightbulbs. A famous 1930’s billboard advertised Wrigley’s gum with colorful waves, tropical fish, and floating bubbles that migrated to a boy sitting on a pack of gum. In 1901, O.J. Gude, an advertising man, originated the “The Great White Way” when he realized the commercial potential of electrically enhanced billboards.
Advances in transportation made the Times Square district widely accessible and investors realized the profits of theaters as real estate. As a result, Times Square attracted agents, producers, restaurants, hotels, and theatrical clubs. Theaters began being built by financial backers working with producers. As well as theorists who knew that a major hit show could potentially bring in millions in one year.
Times Square history
The Depression ruined the Times Square district; slowly the charm of it lessened as crime rate increased in the 1970’s and 80’s. Times Square coped with this suffering until 1992 when the BID (Times Square Business Improvement District) began taking action by assessing six million dollars each year from the 400 merchants to be spent on issues such as safety, cleanup, and marketing. The success of a GAP clothing store was the first small step in encouraging retailers to reopen and move into the district. The most important newbie was the Walt Disney company which entered the area in 1993, and two years later reopened the New Amsterdam Theater following a 36 million dollar renovation. Prior to the grand reopening of the theater, the Walt Disney company worked to motivate retailers, theorists, and many others to invest in the area. Hence, Times Square thrived once more.
To be engrossed by what the bright billboards, magnificent theaters, and swamped roads of the “The Great White Way” have to offer, browse the varieties of paintings and photographs we present at nyArt.com. The compositions focus on all parts of the energy given off Times Square. Every artwork brings attention to the bright lights adorning the numerous buildings along the street, to the multitude of diverse people gazing at the skyscrapers, to the traffic-filled roads and the occupied tourists. Purchase an artwork or a photograph to be involved in the exuberant energy from the comfort of your own home.