New York City Guide
Times Square, was named after the one-
With the thirties came the Great Depression. Times Square initially seemed immune from the troubles. People were drawn to the playhouses in an attempt to escape from the grim realities of life, but as the depression grew deeper, the fortunes of the theatre owners plummeted, and many were forced to sell or close their theatres. The theatres that remained, converted to showing popular but vastly cheaper shows. The area continued to attract visitors and after World War II, the theatre district was booming again. At the end of the sixties, the area started to go downhill and by the mid-
In the mid 1990's, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani led the effort to clean up the area, including closing down sex shops, increasing security, and opening more tourist-
The tourists have returned in abundance mostly due to what is sometimes referred to as the Disneyfication of Times Square. Walking down Broadway you can stop to shop at a Toy's R Us store while on your way to 42nd Street to watch a matinee of Disney's latest film. A far cry from the area's squalid years but entirely within the tradition of entertainment and commerce, and giving the public what they want.