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Peter Dinklage in Cyrano. The Thin Place - Lucas Hnath. Groundhog Day in San Francisco. My Name is Lucy Barton. The journalistic nickname was inspired by the millions of lights on theater marquees and billboard advertisements that illuminate the area. After becoming the city's de facto red-light district in the s and s as can be seen in the films Taxi Driver and Midnight Cowboy , since the late s Times Square has emerged as a family tourist center, in effect being Disneyfied following the company's purchase and renovation of the New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street in Until June , The New York Times , from which the Square gets its name, was published at offices at West 43rd Street; the paper stopped printing papers there on June 15, The medians are a vestige of the central mall of "The Boulevard" that had become the spine of the Upper West Side , and many of these contain public seating.
The wide intersection of the two thoroughfares has historically been the site of numerous traffic accidents and pedestrian casualties, partly due to the long crosswalks. One is a tiny fenced-in patch of shrubbery and plants at West 70th Street called Sherman Square although it and the surrounding intersection have also been known collectively as Sherman Square , and the other triangle is a lush tree-filled garden bordering Amsterdam Avenue from just above West 72nd Street to West 73rd Street.
Named Verdi Square in for its monument to Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi , which was erected in , this triangular sliver of public space was designated a Scenic Landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in , one of nine city parks that have received the designation. The original brick and stone shelter leading to the entrance of the 72nd Street subway station, one of the first 28 subway stations in Manhattan, remains located on one of the wide islands in the center of Broadway, on the south side of West 72nd Street.
For many years, all traffic on Broadway flowed on either side of this median and its subway entrance, and its uptown lanes went past it along the western edge of triangular Verdi Square.
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In and , renovation of the historic 72nd Street station and the addition of a second subway control house and passenger shelter on an adjacent center median just north of 72nd Street, across from the original building, resulted in the creation of a public plaza with stone pavers and extensive seating, connecting the newer building with Verdi Square, and making it necessary to divert northbound traffic to Amsterdam Avenue for one block.
While Broadway's southbound lanes at this intersection were unaffected by the new construction, its northbound lanes are no longer contiguous at this intersection. Drivers can either continue along Amsterdam Avenue to head uptown or turn left on West 73rd Street to resume traveling on Broadway.
Several notable apartment buildings are in close proximity to this intersection, including The Ansonia , its ornate architecture dominating the cityscape here. After the Ansonia first opened as a hotel, live seals were kept in indoor fountains inside its lobby. Later, it was home to the infamous Plato's Retreat nightclub. At its intersection with West 78th Street, Broadway shifts direction and continues directly uptown and aligned approximately with the Commissioners' grid.
Past the bend are the historic Apthorp apartment building, built in , and the First Baptist Church in the City of New York , incorporated in New York in , its current building on Broadway erected in The road heads north and passes historically important apartment houses such as the Belnord , the Astor Court Building , and the Art Nouveau Cornwall. At Broadway and 95th Street is Symphony Space , established in as home to avant-garde and classical music and dance performances in the former Symphony Theatre, which was originally built in as a premier "music and motion-picture house".
Broadway then passes the campus of Columbia University at th Street in Morningside Heights , in part on the tract that housed the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum from until it moved to Westchester County in Next, the Gothic quadrangle of Union Theological Seminary and the brick buildings of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America with their landscaped interior courtyards face one another across Broadway. On the next block is the Manhattan School of Music. Broadway then runs past the proposed uptown campus of Columbia University, and the main campus of CUNY—City College near th Street; the Gothic buildings of the original City College campus are out of sight, a block to the east.
Also to the east are the brownstones of Hamilton Heights. Hamilton Place is a surviving section of Bloomingdale Road, and originally the address of Alexander Hamilton 's house, The Grange , which has been moved. Broadway achieves a verdant, park-like effect, particularly in the spring, when it runs between the uptown Trinity Church Cemetery and the former Trinity Chapel, now the Church of the Intercession near th Street.
The intersection with St. At th Street, U. Afterward, it then enters the Bronx , where it is the eastern border of Riverdale and the western border of Van Cortlandt Park. The northwestern corner of the park marks the city limit and Broadway enters Yonkers , where it is now known as South Broadway.
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It trends ever westward, closer to the Hudson River , remaining a busy urban commercial street. Broadway climbs to the nearby ridgetop runs parallel to the river and the railroad, a few blocks east of both as it passes St. John's Riverside Hospital. The neighborhoods become more residential and the road gently undulates along the ridgetop. It remains Broadway as it leaves Yonkers for Hastings-on-Hudson , where it splits into separate north and south routes for 0. The trees become taller and the houses, many separated from the road by stone fences, become larger.
In the next village, Dobbs Ferry , Broadway has various views of the Hudson River while passing through the residential section. Broadway passes by the Old Croton Aqueduct and nearby the shopping district of the village. After intersecting with Ashford Avenue, Broadway passes Mercy College , then turns left again at the center of town just past South Presbyterian Church , headed for equally comfortable Ardsley-on-Hudson and Irvington.
Villa Lewaro , the home of Madam C. Walker , the first African-American millionaire, is along the highway here. Entering into the southern portion of Tarrytown, Broadway passes by historic Lyndhurst mansion , a massive mansion built along the Hudson River built in the early s. Christ Episcopal Church , where Irving worshiped,  is along the street. Many high quality restaurants and shops are along this main road.
The road then enters Sleepy Hollow formerly North Tarrytown , passing the visitors' center for Kykuit , the National Historic Landmark that was and partially still is the Rockefeller family 's estate. Canyon of Heroes is occasionally used to refer to the section of lower Broadway in the Financial District that is the location of the city's ticker-tape parades. Most of the route is lined with tall office buildings along both sides, affording a view of the parade for thousands of office workers who create the snowstorm-like jettison of shredded paper products that characterize the parade.
While typical sports championship parades have been showered with some 50 tons of confetti and shredded paper, the V-J Day parade on August 14—15, — marking the end of World War II — was covered with 5, tons of paper, based on estimates provided by the New York City Department of Sanitation.
More than black granite strips embedded in the sidewalks along the Canyon of Heroes list honorees of past ticker-tape parades. In , a stretch of Broadway between Union Square and Madison Square was illuminated by Brush arc lamps , making it among the first electrically lighted streets in the United States. A portrait of Broadway in the early part of the 20th century and "The Great White Way" late at night appeared in "Artist In Manhattan"  written by the artist-historian Jerome Myers :.
Early morn on Broadway, the same light that tips the mountain tops of the Colorado canyons gradually discloses the quiet anatomy, the bare skeletons of the huge iron signs that trellis the sky, now denuded of the attractions of the volcanic night. Almost lifeless, the tired entertainers of the night clubs and their friends straggle to their rooms, taximen compare notes and earnings, the vast street scene has had its curtain call, the play is over.
Dear old Broadway, for many years have I dwelt on your borders. I have known the quiet note of your dawn. Even earlier I would take my coffee at Martin's, at 54th Street—now, alas, vanished—where I would see creatures of the night life before they disappeared with the dawn.
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One night a celebrated female impersonator came to the restaurant in all his regalia, directly from a club across the street. Several taximen began to poke fun at him. Unable any longer to bear their taunts, he got up and knocked all the taximen out cold. Then he went back to the club, only to lament under his bitter tears, "See how they've ruined my dress! Gone are the old-time Broadway oyster bars and chop houses that were the survivors of a tradition of their sporting patrons, the bon vivants of Manhattan.
Gone are the days when the Hoffman House flourished on Madison Square, with its famous nudes by Bouguereau ; when barrooms were palaces, on nearly every corner throughout the city; when Steve Brodie , jumping from Brooklyn Bridge, splashed the entire country with publicity; when Bowery concert halls dispensed schooners of beer for a nickel, with a stage show thrown in; when Theis's Music Hall still resounded on 14th Street with its great mechanical organ, the wonder of its day, a place of beauty, with fine paintings and free company and the frankest of female life.
Across the street was Tammany Hall , and next to it Tony Pastor 's, where stars of the stage were born. Tony himself, in dress clothes and top hat, sang his ballads, a gallant trouper introducing Lillian Russell and others to fame through his audience. These streetcar lines were replaced with bus routes in the s and s. With the implementation of one-way traffic, the northbound 6 and 7 were moved to Sixth Avenue. Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 13 , and several others run on a portion of Broadway.