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Old May 18th, 2010, 06:01 AM   #1
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Vintage Times Square

Vintage Times Square

Before the pedestrian plaza and the media-centered tourist extravaganza that is Times Sq. today, there was a very different kind of mood and pulse. Since there is a lot of interest in the old Times Sq., why not a thread to celebrate the seedy, the wildly eccentric, the unpredictable place that was Times Square?

From the early 1970's:

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Old May 18th, 2010, 10:01 AM   #2
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You know for many people the 80's...and even the 70's seem not that long ago ? like yesterday and what's changed...???? heck....lots!
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Old May 18th, 2010, 11:16 PM   #3
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I remember walking along 42nd street as recently as 1994 and it was still lined with sleazy theaters with grungy marquees. Then came the Disney invasion and bam!
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Old May 21st, 2010, 09:13 PM   #4
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Old May 21st, 2010, 09:27 PM   #5
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The 1960s

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Old May 22nd, 2010, 02:16 AM   #6
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nice pics. the transformation of Times Square and evolution has always been interesting to me. even 5 years ago from now, it's changed dramatically.
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Old May 23rd, 2010, 09:20 PM   #7
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And to think that it used to be a swamp
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Old May 29th, 2010, 03:39 AM   #9
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Many native New Yorkers complain about what Times Square has become, but it was for the best. The "Disnification" of Times Square cleaned up the neighborhood from porn shops and crime.

Thank you desertpunk for sharing these pictures.
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You're welcome!


Times Sq. 1960s and '70s:


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Old May 30th, 2010, 06:33 PM   #11
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When did the transition of Times Square into a porn district with criminal activity began? I reckon around 1960? Pictures prior to that don't give that vibe out at all.
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When the US Supreme Court ruled that pornography was "a matter of local tastes" in 1968, the gold rush was on to cash in on the demand for porno. Before that, legit theatres showed "art films" with some nudity which attracted long lines and made operators plenty of money. So Times Square, with its long history of burlesque houses and arcades, and which already had many of these theaters, made the big switch. It was a historical moment ended by Mayor Giuliani. Don't ask me how I know all this.


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When did the transition of Times Square into a porn district with criminal activity began? I reckon around 1960? Pictures prior to that don't give that vibe out at all.
Around the late 1960's to early 1970's the transition was made into a porn/crime district. Times Square really did not recover until the mid 1990's.

Here is an interesting documentary to watch on Times Square if you are interested.

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New York used to be so cool.
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