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Feb 24, 2021

Times Square in New York City is bustling and crowded. Or at the very least, we all hope it will be that way soon again. But back in the late 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s Times Square was a scary and sleazy drug and, prostitute hang-out. Full of X-rated movies and plenty of trouble. If you wanted to go there, you were advised to go there at your own risk.

Until one day a group of city officials (Governors, Mayors, and Police Commissioners) decided to make New York City great again, as it once was so long ago. They decided on cleaning up Times Square since it was in the heart of the city. The "Big Apple" as it was once called, was making its way back, baby. And with a lot of determination, drive, and money from some Hollywood-types, Times Square made its comeback.  

And now we can all see the glory of Times Square courtesy of our television sets on New Year's Eve as the ball drops on this now empty part of the city due to the pandemic. Hopefully not empty for long!

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Links for this episode on Times Square:

Times Square NYC - https://www.timessquarenyc.org/

Want to take a tour of Times Square? - https://freetoursbyfoot.com/things-to-do-in-times-square/

Want to see something cool? Here's the live webcams of Times Square! - https://www.webcamtaxi.com/en/usa/new-york/times-square-manhattan.html

https://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/?cam=tstwo_hd

For more of Times Square, watch this gripping 40-minute video, "Doin' Time In Times Square," dubbed "the home video from hell," shot by director and artist Charlie Ahearn from his Times Square apartment in the 1980s: https://youtu.be/qzFZyfNiQS8

Photos of Times Square: https://allthatsinteresting.com/vintage-times-square-pictures#1

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