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Times Square

Times Square
Long before all the billboards and flashing lights arrived in Times Square, it was a center for carriage building as in horses and carriages. Back then, it was called Longacre Square after Longacre Street in London, which was also a center for carriage building. Now, in the early 20th century, the name changed when the Times newspaper moved, and it became known as Times Square. They opened in this building right behind me here throwing a huge party on New Year's Eve to celebrate. And although they left after just 10 years, the world-famous New Year's Eve parties continue today. The Times Tower building behind me used to be the headquarters of the Times newspaper. But today it's a little bit hard to spot covered in adverts and then we see Walgreens its sole tenant on the ground floor. That's because they found they could make more money from putting billboards around the side of the building than they could renting it out to tenants. So it's this covered from head to toe and it's the world's tallest billboard. In 1907, the time ball was added to the top of the Time Tower, and it was inspired by a similar design of the time ball on top of the Western Union building further downtown. And that Western Union time ball was dropped at exactly noon every day to signal the time to the ships anchored in the harbor. Whereas the time ball here, of course, well, that's just dropped once a year at exactly midnight on New Year's Eve. A tradition that's been going since 1908 with just two exceptions. They were caused by the blackouts of the Second World War.
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