February 28, 1994
New York. -- Can Times Square, Ground Zero of Urban America, stage a comeback from a 30-year assault of porn shops, theater closings, pickpockets, con men, and pervasive physical decay?The two-year-old Times Square Business Improvement District has taken on what might seem like Mission Impossible -- to make the Great White Way, once again, a place that is ''clean, safe and friendly.''Early reports are positive. Purse snatching and pickpocketing plunged 43 percent in 1992, the new program's first full year of operation.
December 30, 1993
NEW YORK -- According to the old show tune, there's a broken heart for every light on Broadway.Shortly after midnight tomorrow, 1,500 new lights will appear there, reflecting not just broken hearts but lives cut short.The new year will see the initiation of the Gun Fighters Deathclock, a three-story, red-white-and-blue, neon-edged billboard high above 47th Street in Times Square. The digital clock will offer an up-to-the-second tally of the number of guns in circulation in the United States, and the people who die because of them.
February 26, 1994
NEW YORK -- Since becoming famous 100 years ago as the heart of Broadway shows, Times Square has had a spectacular career that ended in failure. Now it's working on a second.In playing the role of the city's pulse over the first half of this century, Times Square was the glitziest, most frantic intersection in the world's most famous city.But by the 1950s, this role was failing, and Times Square began to deteriorate quickly -- even faster than the city itself.As television and the suburbs sucked away the audiences from its rows of theaters, porno flicks took over and crime ruled the streets.
May 29, 2002
NEW YORK - Pedestrians hurrying over a grate in the triangular median where Broadway and Seventh Avenue converge in Times Square, just south of 46th Street, rarely seem to notice anything out of the ordinary. But Max Neuhaus hopes that, subliminally, their lives are being changed. Neuhaus is a sound artist, a trained musician and a former famous percussionist who now shapes what he calls intangible sound in space, rather than the tangible sound of a composer working in time. "Times Square" is, if not necessarily his masterpiece, then at least his only work still up and running in the United States.
September 25, 1991
NEW YORK -- The Hotel Macklowe, the site of several forthcoming New York designer shows, is negotiating with Sony to have the fashion shows televised live on the giant video screen in Times Square.(A great idea for traffic safety. Can you just see it? Cabbies ramming into each other. Bicycle messengers going head over handlebars. Sidewalk preachers hypnotized by 10-foot-tall models in miniskirts.)Michael Kors, Bob Mackie, Mary McFadden, Steven Stolman and Joan Vass are among the designers planning to hold shows at the Macklowe in November.
December 30, 1994
In what New York City officials are calling a first, the city police department and Mayor's Film Office have paved the way for Columbia Pictures' big-budget "Money Train" to shoot in Times Square on New Year's Eve.Approximately 300 extras will be joining the 300,000-plus throng of revelers and multitude of news and broadcast crews expected tomorrow night at one of the world's most celebrated NewYear's Eve gatherings.The shoot won't involve the film's stars, Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, but will capture footage for a key chase sequence at the end of the film when Mr. Snipes, a good-guy decoy cop, chases his adversaries on a motorcycle.