It’s one of the busiest and most luminous areas in the world, but it wasn’t always like that.
Even within its buildings today, if you look closely, you can find remnants of the past and of what once was, as well as other little secrets, like hidden art that you really have to look hard to find, and we’re here to help you out.
It Wasn’t Always Named “Times Square”
Although it is now known worldwide as Times Square, it actually used to be named “Longacre Square” until the New York Times moved its headquarters there in 1904, eventually outgrowing the building in 1913.
Interestingly, though, the area isn’t even a square at all, it’s more of a triangle with Broadway intersecting on a diagonal.