Local photographer and real estate agent Maggie Hopp captured these incredible color photograph of Times Square back in the s, the essence of "Old New York. Experimenting in the s with color film, and commissioned to document buildings and signage in Midtown in violation of the Blight Ordinances, American photographer Maggie Hopp was able to create a very colorful portfolio of images which now look nostalgically benign, a colorful collection of what remained in the s. For a recent interview with Ragazine, Hopp revisited her archives of Times Square.
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Times Square in the late s Edmund V. Gillon that capture street scenes in New York in the s and s. Some of the city's landscape looks the same today as it did back then, but some areas look drastically different. Today's downtown skyline is missing the Twin Towers, and Times Square has transformed dramatically since the '70s with the addition of many more lit-up billboards and signs.
Whether we call it "the center of the universe," "the crossroads of the world," or "the heart of New York," perhaps no section of the Big Apple is more recognizable or more visited than Times Square. Yet, as iconic as the stretch of Broadway from West 42nd to West 47th streets is today, the area has both changed radically from its humble beginnings and seen areas of both great prosperity and great depravity. Prior to that, the junction was known as Longacre Square.
A couple gets ready to make some noise. Credit Credit Donal F. Those who decide to make the pilgrimage in person start to fill Times Square in the morning.
But anyone who has been on the Thames, Trafalgar Square or Piccadilly Circus when the clock strikes 12 would know that it can also mean sacrificing personal space. The immense crowds drawn into central London are not a new phenomenon, however, as people have celebrated in the city for decades. As the pictures in the gallery above show, revellers were shoulder-to-shoulder while watching the countdown on the Piccadilly Circus billboards in and
The area takes its name from the building created as the headquarters of the New York Times — 1 Times Square. Once upon a time, the dropping of such balls was used routinely used as a time signal. But Adolph Ochs, the then-owner of the New York Times, decided to arrange a ball drop to follow up the fireworks with which he had launched the opening of his building.
Take a look back in time to see what the influential melting pot looked like the year you were born and how it has transformed into the visionary, yet raw and real, city that you know and love today. Beams of sunlight streaming through the windows at Grand Central Station. Aerial view of the newly built Empire State Building that stood over Manhattan from 1, feet high—the world's tallest tower until when the World Trade Center took the title.