Times Square is home to over 30 theaters. These theaters can be awe-inspiring works of art and architecture. As a result, it is sad to think about Times Square’s opulent theaters that have either been nearly gutted or completely demolished. One former theater, which is overlooked by most who visit the area, lies in the middle of that spectrum.
Until recently, the former Loew’s Mayfair Theater was a souvenir store that incorporated some of the theater’s detailing. The store went out of business and so far nothing new has opened in its place. Ideally, its new occupant will restore the interior decorations and display them more prominently, as recently happened with the former I. Miller Shoe Store. (more…)
Valentine’s Day weekend is the perfect time to visit some of NYC’s vintage restaurants or hidden bars with friends or a loved one. With Presidents’ Day falling on Monday, the long-weekend is also a great opportunity to try something new or unusual. It’s not hard to create a more offbeat or even eccentric holidays here in New York City; if the classic dinner-and-a-movie combo doesn’t sound appealing this year, then check out one of these quirky Valentine’s events!
When Lehman Brothers purchased One Times Square in 1995, they envisioned a new kind of tenant: advertisers. Instead of renting the offices inside the 25 floor building, they began retrofitting the facade with billboards. By 1997, the profits were up 400%, and the inside was empty. The New York Timesreported: “The building is vacant and, aside from a possible theme restaurant in its base, is likely to remain mostly empty, continuing to serve as little more than a gigantic billboard.”
Vito Acconci / Acconci Studio, Wall-Slide, 2002 at Yankee Stadium
In 2012, we ventured through the entire subway system in New York City, looking for the best subway art. Here are our top 10 favorites, gathered into one article! For more, check out the separate pieces on the 7 line, J/Z, G/L, B/D/F/M, A/C/E, N/Q/R, 4/5/6, and the 1/2/3.
The building at the northeast corner of Broadway and 46th Street is one of those hidden gems that even most New Yorkers were unaware of until recently. It had been covered by grime, billboards, and TGI Fridays signs. But all of that has changed. The façade has been cleaned, the billboards and signs are gone and the building shines once more. We noticed the new restoration in December and Scouting NY reported the great news yesterday following his open letter to the owners in 2012. (more…)
New Year’s Eve in 1904 brought in a new year and a new tradition: the first over-crowded celebration of the New Year in Times Square. Alfred Ochs, owner of The New York Times, initiated the New Years celebration to honor the opening of New York Times headquarters in Times Square.
The celebration spared no budget. It was a full-day festival culminating in a fireworks display set off from the brand new New York Times tower, which overlooked Broadway and 43rd street. At least 200,000 people attended. It was the biggest party the city knew — attendees’ noisemakers were heard at least 30 miles north at Croton on Hudson.