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Where Does the Ball Drop in New York?

Since 1908, people have gathered in New York on New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop and usher in the new year.

The ball drops down a flagpole atop the same building in that same famous location: Times Square, that major intersection of Broadway between 42nd and 47th streets.

Not Time’s Square and not Time Square.

I didn’t know this as a child. Growing up, my family watched the ball drop (three hours later on the West Coast) and Dick Clark say “Happy New Year” from what sounded like Time Square (go ahead and say it; that’s the way it sounds). And since I knew of a Time magazine, I never thought differently.

Until one trip to New York City in the early 1990s. I had heard there was a discount ticket booth, and I wanted to buy tickets for “Death and the Maiden,” starring Glenn Close, Richard Dreyfus and Gene Hackman (that was the entire cast). So I asked my friend where it was and he said “Time Square.”

I asked why it was called that and was told it’s for the New York Times, hence Times Square. But even then, the Times wasn’t in the square. It was around the corner at 229 West 43rd Street. Since 2007, the Grand Old Lady has been on Eighth Avenue between 40th and 41st streets.

I wonder why it  isn’t time to revert to its original name, Longacre Square. Bad timing?

Until next time! Use the right words!



April 11, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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