10. Times Square Isn’t Square!

This one is pretty obvious once you think about it. Once called Longacre Plaza, it has its triangular form thanks to the angle of Broadway. Even way back in 1836, the shape of Times Square today was already well-formed even if a lot of the land around it wasn’t developed (or flattened out) yet. Check out this cool interactive Smithsonian map which shows Manhattan in 1836 and today.

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This article was written collectively by Benjamin Waldman, Ben Helmer, Alexander McQuilkin, Aby Sam Thomas, Michelle Young, Laura ItzkowitzKelli Trapnell,   and Lindsey Devers

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  1. I love this website! Thanks for the fun facts and photos. I’ve lived in New York for over 20 years and never knew some of these things. Another fun fact I recently found out was the Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental highway for automobiles across the United States of America. It ran from Times Sq to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, CA. On the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street street sign remains.

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