The Times Square Building, Then And Now

Way back over a hundred years ago, in 1903, Times Square was called Longacre Square — until the New York Times commissioned a building at the site and the square was re-named after them. That building is known as One Times Square, and it housed the Times for about a decade, until the newspaper moved to 43rd St. (It’s moved again since, in 2007, and now resides on 8th Ave.) This is a picture of One Times Square being built and if you click on it, you can see a high-resolution version that captures a lot of detail from life in 1903:

One Times Square, 1903


The Times sold the building in 1961, and it eventually became the billboard it is today:

One Times Square, 2012


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From Wikipedia, via Shorpy and Neatorama

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