times square

Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as "The Crossroads of the World", "The Center of the Universe", "the heart of The Great White Way", and the "heart of the world". One of the world's busiest pedestrian areas, it is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and a major center of the world's entertainment industry. Times Square is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, drawing an estimated 50 million visitors annually. Approximately 330,000 people pass through Times Square daily, many of them tourists, while over 460,000 pedestrians walk through Times Square on its busiest days. Formerly known as Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly erected Times Building – now One Times Square – the site of the annual New Year's Eve ball drop which began on December 31, 1907, and continues today, attracting over a million visitors to Times Square every year. Times Square functions as a town square, but is not a square in the geometric sense of a polygon; it is more of a bowtie shape, with two triangles emanating roughly north and south from 45th Street, where Seventh Avenue intersects Broadway. Broadway runs diagonally, crossing through the horizontal and vertical street grid of Manhattan laid down by the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, and that intersection creates the "bowtie" shape of Times Square. The southern triangle of Times Square has no specific name, but the northernmost of the two triangles is called Father Duffy Square. It was dedicated in 1937 to Chaplain Francis P. Duffy of New York City's U.S. 69th Infantry Regiment and is the site of a memorial to him, along with a statue of George M. Cohan, as well as the TKTS reduced-price ticket booth run by the Theatre Development Fund. Since 2008, the booth has been backed by a red, sloped, triangular set of bleacher-like stairs, which is used by people to sit, talk, eat, and take photographs. Wikipedia
Le Monde Wed, 09/20/2017 - 05:12

Le géant des jouets Toys “R” Us se déclare en faillite

La première enseigne américaine de jouets croule sous sa dette.
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Süddeutsche Zeitung Wed, 09/20/2017 - 03:53

Amazon hat Toys "R" Us einfach ausgespielt

Die Spielzeugfirma hat erst seit kurzem einen eigenen Online-Shop. Zu spät, wie sich jetzt herausstellt - und das ausgerechnet kurz vor dem wichtigen Weihnachtsgeschäft.
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The Wall Street Journal Wed, 09/20/2017 - 02:08

A Confederacy of Dunces

WSJ Opinion: Mayor de Blasio left to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to embrace the full absurdity of the moment when it declared that a mosaic at a Times Square subway stop is not in fact meant to be a Confederate flag—but will be altered anyway because it too closely resembles...
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USA TODAY Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:41

Toys R Us' bankruptcy filing was long in the making

Toys''R''Us faces the same core problem that has plagued other retailers that have filed for bankruptcy recently: Too many large stores.
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The Straits Times Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:01

Toy companies' shares tumble on concerns of Toys R Us bankruptcy

Shares of Mattel and Hasbro have fallen.
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