Posts Tagged ‘view of Times Square’

Times Square: crossroads of the world in 1910

April 12, 2014

Is this Times Square, or 23rd Street facing the Flatiron Building? It’s clearly 42nd Street, with the card focused on the New York Times building that gave the square its name in 1904.

Timessquarepostcard

But when I first looked at the postcard, I immediately thought Flatiron.

Trolleys, traffic, ladies carrying umbrellas . . . and the Hotel Cadillac is on the left. What stories that building would be able to tell, if only it still existed.

Futuristic plans for Times Square made in 1962

December 14, 2012

Still hating the new, PG-rated Times Square? You might reconsider after checking out this space-age redevelopment plan, proposed in 1962 as the neighborhood began its postwar slide into seediness.

The plan, from an area merchants’ association, depicts 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues as a two-story suburbanesque mall, according to Times Square Spectacular by Darcy Tell.

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“The plans called for restoration of live theater at some of the ten remaining theaters, glass-fronted retail all along the blocks, and pedestrian walkways above the street,” writes Tell. Needless to say, that idea went no where.

In 1964, a second plan was introduced, featuring a giant convention center. “Included were exhibition galleries, promenades, a hotel, a high-rise office building, and an underpass down the middle of 42nd Street,” states Tell.

Other proposals made the rounds for decades, but it wasn’t until the 1990s when a plan that paired “the visually rich melange of past days with signature new anchor buildings,” as Tell puts it, became reality.

[Photo: Times Square Spectacular, page 138]


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