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Times Square, Junction of  Broadway, and 7th Avenue - Fashion Avenue from West 42nd Street to West 47th Street.




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Some Popular Landmarks in Times Square are:
* Budweiser Sign
* Coca-Cola Sign
* Chevrolet clock (an analog clock displayed on a digital screen)
* Disney Store
* Forever 21 (formerly Virgin Records Megastores)
* Times Square Studios (home of ABC's Good Morning America)
Toys "R" US Times Square
* TKTS booth
* One Astor Plaza (home of MTV's New York studios)
* The Hard Rock Cafe New York
* Planet Hollywood
* Bubba Gump Shrimp Co

Major buildings in the Times Square area:
* AXA Center
* One Times Square (Home of the famous ball drop every New Year's Eve)
* Times Square Tower
* New York Times Tower
* W Times Square
* 1585 Broadway
* 810 7th Avenue
* 5 Times Square
* 11 Times Square (Times Square Plaza)
* Bank of America Tower
* Bertelsmann Building
* Brill Building
* Thomson Reuters Building (3 Times Square)
* The Bowtie Building (1530 Broadway)
* The Orion
* New York Marriott Marquis
* One Astor Plaza
* 1500 Broadway
* Paramount Theatre
Renaissance Hotel New York Times Square (2 Times Square)
* Sheraton New York
* One Worldwide Plaza
* Condé Nast Building (4 Times Square)
* Rockefeller Center

These Corporations are all in the Times Square Area:
* Viacom
* MTV Networks
* Bertelsmann (BMG Music)
* Condé Nast Publications ( Major Worldwide Magazine Publishing)
* The New York Times Company
* Six Flags Inc.
* Diamond Management & Technology Consultants
* Thomson Reuters
* Ernst & Young
* Instinet
* King & Spalding
* Barclays Capital (formerly Lehman Brothers)
* Morgan Stanley
* Bain & Company
* Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
* O'Melveny & Myers

One Times Square (also known as 1475 Broadway, New York Times Building and New York Times Tower) is a 25 story, 395 foot (110.6 m) high skyscraper at 42nd and Broadway in Times Square.

Duffy Square is a popular tourist destination and is well known for housing Discount Broadway, and off Broadway Show Tickets (TKTS), a destination for those in search of reduced-price Theater.
Duffy Square, also known as Father Francis D. Duffy Monument and Duffy Square or as Father Francis P. Duffy Monument and Duffy Square, is the northern triangle of Times Square in New York City. It is located between 45th and 47th Streets, Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

One Times Square was the second tallest building in Manhattan when it opened. The famous New Year's Times Square Ball drop is performed annually from its roof. It was originally built to be the headquarters of The New York Times. The Times was to start the tradition of dropping the ball. It also introduced a news ticker (the "zipper") that has made it a gathering spot during world events.

Times Square History NYC Manhattan, and Current information as of 2011.
Times Square's first environmentally friendly billboard powered by wind and solar energy was first lit on December 4, 2008.
Notable signage in Times Square NYC Manhattan includes the Toshiba billboard directly under the NYE ball drop and the curved seven-story NASDAQ sign at the NASDAQ MarketSite at 4 Times Square on 43rd Street and the curved Coca-Cola sign located underneath another large LED display owned and operated by Samsung. Both the Coca-Cola sign and Samsung LED displays were built by LED display manufacturer Daktronics.

The density of illuminated NYC Manhattan Times Square signs in now rivals that of Las Vegas. Officially, signs in Times Square are called "spectaculars", and the largest of them are called "jumbotrons."
The theaters of Broadway and the huge number of animated neon and LED signs have long made them one of New York's iconic images, and a symbol of the intensely urban aspects of Manhattan. Times Square is the only neighborhood with zoning ordinances requiring building owners to display illuminated signs.

In 1992, the Times Square Alliance (formerly the Times Square Business Improvement District, or "BID" for short), a coalition of city government and local businesses dedicated to improving the quality of commerce and cleanliness in the district, started operations in the area. Times Square now boasts attractions such as ABC's Times Square Studios, where Good Morning America is broadcast live, an elaborate Toys "Я" Us store, and competing Hershey's and M&M's stores across the street from each other, as well as restaurants such as Ruby Foo's (Chinese food), the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company (seafood), Planet Hollywood Restaurant and Bar (theme restaurant) and Carmine's (Italian) along with a number of multiplex movie theaters. It has also attracted a number of large financial, publishing, and media firms to set up headquarters in the area. A larger presence of police has improved the safety of the area.

In 2002, New York City's mayor, Rudy Giuliani, gave the oath of office to the city's next mayor, Michael Bloomberg, at Times Square after midnight on January 1 as part of the 2001–2002 New Year's celebration. Approximately 500,000 revelers attended. Security was high following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, with more than 7,000 New York City police officers on duty in the Square, twice the number for an ordinary year.

From August 14, 2003 to August 15, 2003, the lights of Times Square went dark as a result of the 2003 Northeast blackout, which paralyzed most of the region and parts of Canada for over 24 hours. Power was finally restored to the area on the evening of Friday, August 15.

On the morning of March 6, 2008 a small bomb caused minor damage but no reported injuries.

On February 26, 2009, ." Bloomberg also stated " he believes the street shutdown from Broadway from 42nd Street to 47th Street would will make New York more livable by reducing pollution, cutting down on pedestrian accidents and helping traffic flow more smoothly." As a result Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that traffic lanes along Broadway from 42nd Street to 47th Street would be de-mapped starting Memorial Day 2009 and transformed into pedestrian plazas until at least the end of the year as a trial. The same was done from 33rd to 35th Street. The goal is to ease traffic congestion throughout the Midtown grid. The results will be closely monitored to determine if the project works and should be extended. The original Times Square seats put out for pedestrians were inexpensive multicolored plastic lawn chairs, a source of amusement to many New Yorkers. They lasted from the onset of the plaza transformation until August 14, 2009, when they were ceremoniously bundled together in an installation christened "Now You See It, Now You Don't" by the artist Jason Peters. They were shortly replaced by sturdier metal furniture, and on February 11, 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the pedestrian plazas would remain permanent.

New Year's Eve NYC Manhattan
Times Square is a world wide attraction for the annual New Year's Eve ball drop. On December 31, 1907, a ball signifying New Year's Day was first dropped at Times Square, and the Square has held the main New Year's celebration in New York City ever since. On that night, hundreds of thousands of people congregate to watch the Waterford Crystal ball being lowered on a pole atop the building (though not to the street, as is a common misconception), marking the new year. It replaced a lavish fireworks display from the top of the building that was held from 1904 to 1906, only to be outlawed by city officials. During World War II, a minute of silence, followed by a recording of church bells pealing, replaced the ball drop because of wartime blackout restrictions. Today, Countdown Entertainment and One Times Square handle the New Year's Eve event in conjunction with the Times Square Alliance. Beginning in 1908, and for more than eighty years thereafter, Times Square sign maker Artkraft Strauss was responsible for the ball-lowering.

Dick Clark began hosting a live New Year's Eve NYC Manhattan half-hour NBC special In 1972, (two years later, it moved to ABC where it has aired ever since) detailing the event entitled Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, which not only aired the descent of the ball, but also performances from popular bands and commentary from various hosts in other cities, notably Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Orlando. During the millennium celebrations in 1999, Peter Jennings based ABC's operations in Times Square, hosting ABC 2000 Today.

A new energy-efficient lighted LED ball, celebrating the centennial of the New Year's Eve NYC Manhattan ball drop, debuted for the arrival of 2008. The 2008/2009-ball, which was dropped on New Year's Eve (Wednesday, December 31, 2008) for the arrival of 2009, is larger and has become a permanent installation as a year-round attraction. The same energy-efficient lighted LED ball, celebrating the centennial of the ball drop is still used in 2010-2011, being used for celebrations such as Valentine's Day and Halloween. On average, about 1 million revelers crowd Times Square for the New Year's Eve celebrations. Still, for the millennium Times Square New Year's Eve celebration on December 31, 1999, published reports stated approximately two million people overflowed Times Square NYC Manhattan, flowing from 6th Avenue to 8th Avenue and all the way back on Broadway and Seventh Avenues to 59th Street, making it the largest gathering in Times Square since August 1945 during celebrations marking the end of World War II.

The Times Square neighborhood In popular culture, as its busy intersection, has been featured countless times in literature, on television, in films, in music videos and recently in video games. Times Square is an immediately recognizable setting, Times Square has been frequently attacked and destroyed in a number of movies such as Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. Times Square Films have also employed the opposite tactic, depicting the typically bustling area as eerily still, such as in Vanilla Sky, as well as the post-apocalyptic I Am Legend, in which Will Smith and his dog go hunting for deer in the deserted urban canyon, including Knowing, when a solar flare destroys New York City, Deep Impact, when a tsunami created from a meteor impact destroys New York City, Stephen King's The Stand, where the Times Square intersection is overcome by total chaos.