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Historic Times Square
The southeast corner of 42nd Street & Sixth Avenue, at Bryant Park

Before it was known as “The Crossroads of the World,” Times Square was “Longacre Square,” an area best known for harness shops and horse stables. Come see how much has changed as we visit a potter’s field turned reservoir then elegant city park; the one time center of the city’s vice district, as well as a host of legendary theaters, grand hotels, and movie houses. We’ll see how redevelopment has changed the neighborhood and we’ll look for traces of “old” Times Square hidden in plain sight. Stops may include: The New York Public Library, Astor Hotel and sites associated with the Shubert Family, Flo Ziegfeld, George Gershwin, Elvis Presley, and Damon Runyon.

Date: January 1, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Fees: $20 at site, $15 Students/Seniors

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