Times Square is one of those places you can simultaneously love and hate. It’s an iconic landmark; a “Sodom and Gomorrah” spanning many generations. Dilapidated and filthy throughout the Eighties, “The Deuce” (Times Square’s former moniker) was a cesspool filled with sex shops, porn theaters, hookers and crooks. Today, at the dawn of the 21st century, 42nd Street is still awash in garbage, albeit, in the form of corporate America, capitalism and hyper-tourism.
Many people wish for Times Square’s renegade days of crime and filth, but I disagree. Who wants to live in a time of crime and fear?
Above, the New York Times documents Times Square’s transformation from hell on Earth to miracle on 42nd street.