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Times Square in Old and Relatively New Photos...

- Franny Wentzel - Thursday, December 31st, 2009 : goo

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With the new year already creeping upon us, why not have a squint of some historic and a few pix I took back in 2002?

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Times Square in the 1920s. Visible are the Astor Hotel on right and the old Criterion Theater on left. Hotel in front of the Knickerbocker was demolished in the 1930s and replaced with a two storey .

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The Times Tower before its façade was redone in EZ-Stane™ marble and glass by Allied Chemical.

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All six buildings in this picture have been torn down.

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And replaced with this - Times Square in the 1970s

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In 1972 Winston Cigarettes returned the famous 'smoking man' signs...

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...put up by Camel cigarettes in 1966.

in the 1970s

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And what is 1970s Times Square without its bounty of pr0n? Do you suppose the Jack Ruby estate licensed the Carousel Club name?

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The '70s was all about disco - The Roseland Ballroom was no exception

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Times Square in the 80s was a pale shadow of itself...

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And would be completely made over in the 90s...

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...and something else by the time I visited in 2002.

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Silent actress and Ziegfeld Follies girl is said to haunt the New Amsterdam...

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The old McGraw Hill stands watch over a changed milleu

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The building from NewsRadio about to be buried by new construction...

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Number 4 Times Square and the shrouded Remington Typewriter Building

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Number 4 Times Square and the animated NASDAQ sign

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The ABC News building and its news zipper

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In the 1930s this used to house a two storey bar that got around a liquor law that said you could have only one bar in your drinking establishment by wrapping theirs around the stairs. Why this hasn't been replaced with a skyscraper by now is a complete mystery to me

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Sweeping around the square now...

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MTV fans await the next Carson Daly taping

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One of the few old-timers left...

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The Paramount Building

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Number One Times Square

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Number One Times Square - there's a building under all those signs but no tenants above the second storey...

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Looking up...

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...and down

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Our last look is from a 2006 trip...

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joey: 1st Jan 2010 - 01:49 GMT

i was lucky enough to see times sq when the man was blowing

Robert: 2nd Jan 2010 - 15:09 GMT

Thanks again Franny for your superb contributions.
Hope you will have your novel finished this year.

nathan brown: 9th Jan 2010 - 07:12 GMT

a real shame they knocked all these grand treasures down .they say its progress i say its from australia and in sydney they destroyed heaps of old buildings during the 1960s and 1970s a real shame i say .

DAVID: 12th Jan 2010 - 05:00 GMT

It's criminal what our so-called leaders have done by tearing down the old Helen Hayes Theater (now the dumpy Marriott Hotel) and several others. A perfect example would be the grand European Penn Station that is now Madison Sq. Garden. Makes me want to vomit. The archeticts of those old buildings understood building were to give something back to the city. Today, the new Times Building is best described as a 'dead' zone. An entire block of steel. BORING! DULL! NO CHARACTER! Why didnt they take it to Queens or Bklyn where there's space instead of taking up a whole block leaving residents with NOTHING but a cold, empty feelings. Short sighted politicians call this progress.....several old buildings are scheduled to be torn down. Few things are grand any more in this town. It's only a memory.

Franny Wentzel: 12th Jan 2010 - 14:43 GMT

Makes you want to dig up the bones of Robert Moses and rattle 'em around so he knows no peace in death for what he and his kind have done to cities.

Mike: 13th May 2010 - 04:23 GMT

What Guilliani did to the city especially 42nd and TS was nothing but pious and ruthless, stepping on peoples civil liberties along the way. The area now has no character, it's nothing more then a pretentious corporate theme park. I'll take the red lights over what's there now anyday, at least there was something human to that.

Jaime: 14th Sep 2010 - 03:58 GMT

Here is another view of the Winston sign:

Bunny Music: 31st Dec 2010 - 16:06 GMT

I used to party at 1 Times Square in a club called Nirvana. It was on the 14th and 16th floors and we watched the ball drop past the windows from the inside. Those were the days oh boy!

Babette: 1st Jan 2011 - 20:39 GMT

I remember the old Times Square. The buildings were there but there was so much prostitution, pimps, and gangs hanging around that it made it dangerous to stay out in the evening. They should have left the old buildings alone as now that it's safe there is no old buildings to look at. The leaders should be punished for their short range thinking.

V: 2nd Jan 2011 - 13:18 GMT

This is a great example of how we should be constantly taking photos in NYC. Such a rapidly changing city...

Ricky: 9th Aug 2012 - 16:44 GMT

I remember the old time square. The years was 1975.I was 18 years old.I when to old time square to go the movie.You pay $3.00 Dollars to the movie .you get 5 Movies for $3.00 Dollars.I remeber i when to club.I was 23 years old.I When to Bond and Roseland to the club.But saw old pictures old time square.people who used Live call good old day. Now time change.New time square.but Leaders who change time square they made money. you think learders help us no. they will change you community. They will out poor people home and Rich live. sing out. August 9 2012.

Ozzy: 19th Sep 2012 - 04:18 GMT

Well I was just there and I think it is the coolest place on earth...full of lights and life...let go the past and embrace the new

Vee: @Ozzy "Ditto"

rahmat: mera aik dost

BMar: 5th Dec 2012 - 22:39 GMT

Wow! Awesome photos!

Would you like to share them on

Raquel : 17th Dec 2012 - 15:59 GMT

Does anyone remember a pimp name ricky pretty ricky from 1970 and eighty

Pretty Ricky: Of course *I* do!

3 nads: 24th Dec 2012 - 23:11 GMT

At first they were going to restore the Remington building but 9/11 happened and for some reason they just decided to tear down that beautiful, narrow building for....... the sky window monstrosity that is the Bank of America tower. I hate seeing old intricate buildings from the 20s and older being torn down for plastic shits. I don't mind plastic but it's over rated and used for cost-cutting effectiveness in floor design makes any city looks like toys.

Raquel : Are u serious Ricky?

Migraineb0i: I'll always remember my short trip to NYC!

Randy cox: 22nd May 2013 - 21:01 GMT

I really love yur pix of NYC. It's a big city with lots of glitz. Too bad they couldn't save part of the deuce as a museum piece. They should've made a museum of how Times Square used to look compared to now in one of the old theaters. Now that would've been historic. I visited NY in 1998 just before all the remodeling took place, but too late to experience what NYC was like. Now it's just a Disney ride!!!!

Harry E.: 2nd Jun 2013 - 16:46 GMT

I remember seeing a kind of waterfalls on a roof, which freaked me out as a kid. It must have been some sort of optical illusion.

Harry E.: 2nd Jun 2013 - 16:58 GMT

One thing I recall: Tad's Steaks were very low priced ( about $2.99 for a steak with a baked potato). It was said that Tad's kept tourists on a limited budget from starving. Times Square used to have lots of game arcades where you could play pinball, ski-ball, and other games for coupons that could be exchanged for prizes.

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