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1. What company was the first resident in the building
in the center of the photograph?
2.  What world-famous event is televised looking at this building every year?
3.  How many people pass through here per day?
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Answer to Quiz #392 - March 31, 2013
1.  The New York Times.
2. The ball drops at midmight on New Year's Eve.
3.  Wikipedia gives 300,000.  Some estimates say 1.5 million.
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Comments from Our Readers
I certainly was surprised when I realized that this was Times Square.  The building
looks so different now with all the neon billboards attached to it!
Maureen O'Connor
I first thought was Flat iron Building (Quiz 143) By searching on Astor Theatre I then
found contest 1908 photo on in higher resolution than
contest jpeg.
Mike Dalton
1,579,032 passed through one day last week...I counted them!!!
Dennis Brann
When I was working for IBM, I was in Philadelphia for about 3-4 years and I did visit
Times Square and other NY sites several times each year. It is really a different world
from where we live now.
Gus Marsh
I've been to New York several times. The energy there, all the people on the street,
the hustle and bustle, really gets me energized (the energy gets me energized. Nice
prose). Of course, I'm old now, and it would probably just get me crotchety. I've
been to quite a few American cities, and I like NY best of all.
Tim Bailey
I never got to New York City , drove through it once on our way to New England.  
My husband and I preferred to see the Nation Parks and the countryside rather than
the cities.  I miss it greatly.
Donna Jolley
In 2011 just prior to going on a Legacy tour, with Geoff Rasmussen,my cousin and I
stayed one block from Time square, so walked to it every day.  It’s a very busy busy
place.  I was surprised at the size of the “ball” that is dropped on New year’s Eve.  It
isn’t as big as one would think it is unless a different ball is put up other than the one
we saw.  I think the real thing is made of Sawartsky crystal.
Winnifred Evans

N.B. They probably don't exhibit that Sawarsly crystal ball except of New Year's
Eve.  Would you leave anything valuable "hanging around" in Times Square?  
Someone would proably figure out a way to steal it. - Q. Gen.
My Thoughts exactly!!
Winnifred Evans
r me, the most memorable thing about that location is a cab ride I once took.  It's the
only time I've ridden in a cab where the driver refused to take me to my final
destination.  I got dropped off in Times Square and was told to walk to the theater.  
At the time, I was shocked.  With hindsight I'm thinking the driver was brave to even
drive into the area.
Carol Farrant
I also thought the picture was of the Flatiron Building initially, but quickly discarded
that notion after viewing images of it.  I have been to NYC, but it was 46 years ago.  
Besides visiting Gettysburg and Washington, DC, our senior class of 1967 went to
NYC to view the sites.  I don't recall that we went to Times Square so I can't claim to
have been one of the 300,000 (or maybe only 250,000 46 years ago) people that pass
through there daily.
Daniel Jolley
"World famous" is, admittedly, a pretty subjective adjective, and I wouldn't fight very
strongly for either position. But I would like to point out that midnight arrives in NYC
after almost every other major city in the world not in North America, so for all the
rest of the world, New Years Eve has come and gone and is old news by the time the
NYC ball drops. I doubt there are very many television viewers tuning in to this
spectacle outside of N. America (and maybe Hawaii).

Yes, I have been there a couple of times, about 30 and 40 years ago (before it was
cleaned up like it is today, and before the spectacular video signage was installed).
Collier Smith
HI!  I was in New York last October and visited Times Square three or four times.
The sidewalks were crowded; the square itself was rather empty.  I didn’t see the
Naked Cowboy.  There were quite a few people in cartoon-character costumes
posing for photos.  The advertisement boards are impressive. Trulia has a view
listings for apartments in Times Square (,5248,
Theater_District_-_Times_Square/).  They look nice, but $2,464 a month is too much
for my budget!
Margaret Paxton
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(Theater District - Times Square)
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New Year's Eve in Times Square
New York in 1904 was a city on
the verge of tremendous changes
- and, not surprisingly, many of
those changes had their genesis in
the bustling energy and thronged
streets of Times Square. Two
innovations that would
completely transform the
Crossroads of the World debuted
in 1904: the opening of the city's
first subway line, and the
first-ever celebration of New
Year's Eve in Times Square.

This inaugural bash commemorated the official opening of the new headquarters of The
New York Times. The newspaper's owner, German Jewish immigrant Alfred Ochs,
had successfully lobbied the city to rename Longacre Square, the district surrounding
his paper's new home, in honor of the famous publication (a contemporary article in
The New York Times credited Interborough Rapid Transit Company President August
Belmont for suggesting the change to the Rapid Transit Commission). The impressive
Times Tower, marooned on a tiny triangle of land at the intersection of 7th Avenue,
Broadway and 42nd Street, was at the time Manhattan's second-tallest building -- the
tallest if measured from the bottom of its three massive sub-basements, built to handle
Times Square on New Year's Eve in 1904
the heavy weight demands of The Times'
up-to-date printing equipment.

The building was the focus of an
unprecedented New Year's Eve
celebration. Ochs spared no expense to
ensure a party for the ages. An all-day
street festival culminated in a fireworks
display set off from the base of the
tower, and at midnight the joyful sound of
cheering, rattles and noisemakers from
the over 200,000 attendees could be
Times Square on New Year's Eve 2012
heard, it was said, from as far away as Croton-on-Hudson, thirty miles north along the
Hudson River.

The New York Times' description of the occasion paints a rapturous picture: "From
base to dome the giant structure was alight - a torch to usher in the newborn year..."

The night was such a rousing success that Times Square instantly replaced Lower
Manhattan's Trinity Church as "the" place in New York City to ring in the New Year.
Before long, this party of parties would capture the imagination of the nation, and the

Two years later, the city banned the fireworks display - but Ochs was undaunted. He
arranged to have a large, illuminated
seven-hundred-pound iron and wood ball
lowered from the tower flagpole precisely
at midnight to signal the end of 1907 and
the beginning of 1908.

On that occasion, and for almost a
century thereafter, Times Square sign
The crowd in Times Square in 1904.
maker Artkraft Strauss was responsible for the ball-lowering. (For more information on
the past and present of the New Year's Eve Ball itself, please click here.) In 1914, The
New York Times outgrew Times Tower and relocated to 229 West 43rd Street. By
then, New Year's Eve in Times Square was already a permanent part of our cultural

In 1942 and 1943, the glowing Ball was temporarily retired due to the wartime "dimout"
of lights in New York City. The crowds who still gathered in Times Square in those
years greeted the New Year with a minute
of silence followed by chimes ringing out
from sound trucks parked at the base of
the Times Tower.

The New York Times retained ownership
of the Tower until 1961, when it was sold
to developer Douglas Leigh, who was
also the designer and deal-maker behind
many of the spectacular signs in Times
Square, including the famous Camel
The crowd in Times Square in 2012.
billboard that blew water-vapor "smoke rings" over the street. Mr. Leigh stripped the
building down to its steel frame, then re-clad it in white marble as the headquarters for
Allied Chemical Corporation.

Today, New Year's Eve in Times Square is a bona fide international phenomenon. Each
year, hundreds of thousands of people still gather around the Tower, now known as
One Times Square, and wait for hours in the cold of a New York winter for the famous
Ball-lowering ceremony. Thanks to satellite technology, a worldwide audience estimated
at over one billion people watches the ceremony each year. The lowering of the Ball has
become the world's symbolic welcome to the New Year.
Bill Clinton eulogised the Times Square of old, recalling the
old mix of prostitutes and colourful characters as
“romantic” and “fascinating”. Here are 10 facts about Times

1. Formerly named Longacre Square, it was renamed in
April 1904 after the New York Times moved its
headquarters to the Times Building, now called One Times

2. Nicknames include 'The Crossroads of the World' and
'The Great White Way', and reportedly 'The Tenderloin'
because it was supposedly the most desirable location in
Manhatten in the 1920s..

3. The 1929 stock market crash took its toll on the area,
with many businesses moving out of the area to be replace
with seedier forms of entertainment, including pornographic
"peep shows"..

4. New York City began a slow but steady push to clean up
Times Square in the 1990s led by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani -
the process was referred to as the 'Disneyfication'..

5. On New Year's Eve, close to a million people congregrate
to celebrate the 'Dropping of the Ball'..

6. The ball was replaced by an energy efficient ball in 2008..

7. In 1972, Dick Clark began hosting the half-hour special
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve..

8. The location has been used in numerous films, including
Vanilla Sky when it is depicted as eerily quiet, and a post-
apocalyptic version in I Am Legend..

9. Famous for its electric, neon and illuminated signs
including Coca-Cola, Toshiba and the curved NASDAQ

10. In February this year, Times Square became smoke free.
Times Square Panorama
The Time Square Ball
The Times Square Ball is a time ball
located atop the One Times Square
building in New York City, primarily
utilized as part of New Year's Eve
celebrations held in Times Square. Yearly
at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 31, the
ball is lowered 141 feet (43 m) down a
specially designed flagpole, resting at
midnight to signal the start of the new year.

The first ball drop in Times Square took
place on December 31, 1907, and has
been held annually since (except in 1942
and 1943 in observance of wartime
blackouts). The ball's design has also been
updated over the years to reflect new
advances in technologies—its original
design utilized 100 incandescent light
bulbs, iron, and wood in its construction,
while its current incarnation features a
computerized LED lighting system and an
outer surface consisting of triangle-shaped
crystal panels. As of 2009, the ball is also
The 2008 Times Square Ball, first
unveiled at Macy's Herald Square
before being ready for its drop on
December 31, 2007, now currently on
display at the Times Square Visitor's
Center. A larger version of this ball
has been used in Times Square for its
New Year's ball drop since 2009
The Ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter, and
weighs 11,875 pounds.

The Ball is covered with a total of 2,688 Waterford Crystal
triangles that vary in size, and range in length from 4 3/4
inches to 5 3/4 inches per side.

For Times Square 2013, 288 of the Waterford Crystal
triangles introduce the new Let There Be Peace design of a
dove with wings spread symbolizing a message of peace;
288 triangles feature the Let There Be Friendship engraving
of people holding hands around the world; 288 triangles are
emblazoned with the romantic Let There Be Love pattern of
a cascade of hearts; 288 triangles showcase the Let There
Be Courage ribbon medal design; 576 triangles sparkle with
the Let There Be Joy design of an angel with arms uplifted
welcoming the New Year; and the remaining 960 crystal
triangles are the Let There Be Light design of a stylized
radiating sunburst.

The 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles are bolted to 672 LED
modules which are attached to the aluminum frame of the

The Ball is illuminated by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs
(light emitting diodes). Each LED module contains 48 Philips
Luxeon Rebel LEDs - 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12
white for a total of 8,064 of each color.

The Ball is capable of creating a palette of more than 16
million vibrant colors and billions of patterns producing a
spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square.
displayed atop One Times Square year-round and is removed only for general

Seven versions of the Ball have been designed to signal the New Year. The first Ball
was made of iron and wood, weighed 700 pounds, and was covered with 100 light
bulbs. In 1920, a 400 pound iron Ball replaced the iron and wood Ball. In 1955, a 150
pound aluminum Ball with 180 light bulbs replaced the iron Ball. In 1995, the
aluminum Ball was upgraded with aluminum skin, rhinestones, and computer controls.
In 1999, the crystal New Year’s Eve Ball was created to welcome the new
millennium. In 2007, modern LED technology replaced the light bulbs of the past for
the 100th Anniversary of the New Year’s Eve Ball. In 2008, the permanent Big Ball
was unveiled atop One Times Square where it sparkles above Times Square
throughout the year.
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