Square - 1954"
by Paul McGehee. New York City's famous intersection is popularly known
as the "Crossroads of the World". Ablaze with the glow of neon signs,
it is a highlight of Midtown Manhattan and a must-see for tourists to
the Big Apple. Times Square is located at the junction of Broadway and
Seventh Avenue, and stretches from West 42nd Street to West 47th
Street. Originally known as Longacre Square, it officially became Times
Square in 1904 when the New York Times newspaper moved into the Times
Building, now known as One Times Square. Each year on the night of
December 31st, thousands gather at Times Square to watch the ball drop
signalling the advent of the new year. It has always been a center for
commerce and entertainment, and is the site of several luxury hotels.
Pictured in this 1954 view are the Hotel Astor to the left, and the
Hotel Claridge to the right, next to the famous 'smoking billboard'
sign at street level. To this day Times Square remains one of the most
populated tourist sites in New York City both day and night. "Times
Square - 1954" is
faithfully reproduced from Paul's original color pencil and acrylic
artwork in a
limited edition of 2,000 hand-signed prints.