At the north end of Times Square a salute to George M. Cohan and his contributions to American music -- Give My Regards to Broadway, Over There and You're a Grand Old Flag.
Twilight looking south to Times Square
Times Square is dazzling, crowded and the center of theater in New York City. It is the iconic spot that almost every visitor wants to see. However, Times Square isn't a square. It's closer in shape to a polygon that starts at Forty Second Street and extends to the TKTS (Discount theater ticket) kiosk at Forty Seventh Street. The latter is a great stop for same day discount theater tickets.
In the Nineteenth century the area was known as Longacre Square (after the area in London) and it was the home of the horse trade. But the popular entertainment district moved uptown and by the end of the nineteenth century it was crowded with theaters and other amusements. In 1904 Longacre Square became Times Square when the New York Times moved its headquarters there. In 1907 the New Year's Eve ball drop began -- 100 years this year -- and the area became legendary throughout the world.
Looking north from Forty Second Street.
There was some concern among the citizens of Buttercupland -- actually it was only my college friend, Karin -- that I wouldn't be finishing the A to Z Welcome to New York City. Do not trouble yourselves. I didn't finish in time for the challenge, but the remaining letters (including H) will be featured.
I was pleased to see the enthusiasm for the Mile A Day Challenge in May. It's nice to know that my Buttercupland buddies all over the world will be walking for good health this month.
Today was errand day for me, uptown and downtown. There were a few pesky things that needed to get done and I happily checked several things off my list. It was a perfect spring day and I enjoyed being outside, walking and being productive.
As ever, thanks for visiting and let's keep walking!