22 Facts About Times Square

1. Times Square is a popular destination for visitors to New York City, but the area is home to many mediocre chain restaurants.

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2. Times Square was frequently crowded in the late '90s and early '00s with pop music fans who hung around outside the MTV studio on 1515 Broadway for daily tapings of TRL.

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3. Times Square has been the site of New Year's Eve celebrations since 1904 but the giant New Year's Ball—the symbol of ushering out the old and ringing in the new—made its debut in 1907.

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4. Times Square is not a square area but a triangle or rather two triangles, where Broadway cuts through the grid.

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5. Times Square became the premier theater district in the United States during the First World War.

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6. Times Square is a major commercial intersection in central Manhattan at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

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7. Times Square is one of the defining icons of New York City.

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8. Times Square is a major center for tourism, show business and commerce in Manhattan, New York City.

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9. Times Square has been the center of New York's Theater District since the early 1900s, though the theaters have undergone many ups and downs since then.

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10. In 2008, the newly designed Duffy Times Square was re-opened to the public.

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11. Times Square had begun a descent into disrepair and depravity.

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12. Times Square is a popular New York destination all year long, but New Years Eve is the single biggest night to hit these streets.

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13. Times Square is located smack in the middle of midtown Manhattan.

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14. Times Square is the one of the most famous places in the world.

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15. Times Square is the centre of the Theatre District, which is bounded roughly by Sixth and Eighth avenues to the east and west, respectively, and by 40th and 53rd streets to the south and north, respectively.

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16. Times Square will be Cave's biggest canvas yet, as well as a capper to a landmark year.

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17. Times Square is shown in Battlefield 3, where the final fight with the main antagonist takes place, where the player must stop him from detonating a nuclear bomb in the square; and Crysis 2, in which player must fight off attacking alien forces in order to assist US Marines in evacuating the area.

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18. Times Square is the site of the annual New Year's Eve ball drop.

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19. In February 2011, Times Square became smoke-free as New York extended the outdoors smoking ban to the area.

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20. Times Square quickly became New York's agora, a place to gather to await great tidings and to celebrate them, whether a World Series or a presidential election.

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21. Times Square functions as a town square, but is not a square in the geometric sense of a polygon; it is closer in shape to a bowtie, with two triangles emanating roughly north and south from 45th Street, where Seventh Avenue intersects Broadway.

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22. Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

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