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Times Square

March 8, 2016

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At right is Oscar Hammerstein's Victoria Theatre, under construction on the northwest corner of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue; it opened on March 2, 1899.

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Looking northwest down 42nd Street (left) from Broadway. Right half of the picture is the triangular island between Broadway and 7th Avenue, where One Times Square now stands, which replaced the Pabst Building, a nine-story hotel and restaurant begun in October 1898 and completed a year later.

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On the left, the former Hammerstein's Olympia entertainment complex, part of which became the New York Theatre (name visible). In the distance is the back of the Pabst Hotel, partly blocked by four-story buildings which share its block. The Hotel Cadillac on the northeast corner of 43rd Street is in the middle distance.

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West side of Broadway at 46th Street, on Times Square in Manhattan, looking south.

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Men in bread line on 41st Street.

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An ad for Camel Cigarettes in Times Square.

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Hammerstein's Olympia entertainment complex, east side of Longacre (Times) Square, 44th Street to 45th Street

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Hotel Astor (largest building); to its right, Astor Theatre on the northwest corner of Broadway and 45th Street; to its right, the Gaiety Building.

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Times Square illuminated at night in 1921, subway station visible in foreground.

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Looking south down Broadway in Times Square; view is foreshortened. At left, the site of the future Loew's State Theatre and Loew's Corporation headquarters building. Center, the former Hammerstein's Olympia entertainment complex; the glass-enclosed Jardin de Paris rooftop theatre is visible. A sign announces Florenz Ziegfeld's Follies of 1908, which played there June 15–September 6, 1908. "

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"New York City celebrating the surrender of Japan. They threw anything and kissed anybody in Times Square."

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