Times Square will leave you in adoration with all its colorful advertisements and billboards wherever you look. From being referred to as the “Center of the World” and the “Heart of the World,” it is one of the busiest pedestrian areas and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. Each year, it has around 50 million visitors. It may be overcrowded due to flocking tourists and enticing activities, it is still a fascinating place one has to visit.
It used to be called as Longacre Square. In 1904, it was renamed as Times Square due to the New York Times’s relocation of its headquarters there. During the 1920s, it is nicknamed as “The Tenderloin” and “The Great White Way” because it is considered as the most desirable location in Manhattan. The extremely bright lights of this square can even be seen from outer space, making it as one of the brightest places on Earth.
About a million people go here and congregate during the famous New Year’s Eve countdown for the “Dropping of the Ball.” It’s also known as New York’s most bustling square, because one can find Broadway theaters, cinemas, food, entertainment, among others, here.
The most bizarre things can be witnessed here. There are people dressed in Disney gowns, all kinds of buskers, camera-toting tourists, and basically diverse sets of people in Times Square. Its central Manhattan location is a big factor in turning the square into the “crossroads of the world.” People just have to pass through this major transit hub.