The Great White Way-Times Square, N.Y.C.
This view of the commercial center Times Square--a section of midtown Manhattan centered at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue--looks downtown. In the early years of the 20th century, Times Square became the main transfer point for north-south traffic in the new subway system, and its importance grew after Grand Central terminal opened, further helping to focus commercial activity in midtown. By the time of the First World War, most theaters had moved to Times Square from the former theater districts along the Bowery to East 14th Street and along Broadway from 42nd Street to Union Square. Vaudeville and other musical activities were concentrated in the nearby streets, helping to make Times Square an exciting nocturnal location lit by marquees and bright lights.