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Times Square The Highlights
Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as "The Crossroads of the World" and "The Center of the Universe.” One of the world's busiest pedestrian areas, it is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and a major center of the world's entertainment industry. Times Square is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, drawing an estimated 50 million visitors annually. Originally known as Long Acre (also Longacre) Square after London’s carriage district, Times Square served as the early site for William H. Vanderbilt’s American Horse Exchange. With the construction of New York’s first rapid transit system, the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), Adolph S. Ochs, owner and publisher of The New York Times, saw an opportunity and selected a highly visible location to build the Times Tower, which was then the second tallest building in the city. In 1905, the Times moved into their new headquarters, built between Broadway and Seventh Avenue and 42nd and 43rd Streets and the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue was renamed Times Square. Within a decade, the Times outgrew their space and moved, but not before starting a tradition that continues today: The New Year’s Eve spectacular.
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