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Located in the heart of Times Square, Hotel Edison sits at "The Crossroads of the World". The hotel is surrounded by the energy and excitement of the latest in Broadway Theatres, world-class dining, shopping and nightlife.
In popular culture, Times Square has been featured countless times in literature, on television, in films. It is therefore, an immediately recognizable location to all who visit.
Times Square, which has now been converted into a pedestrian plaza, begins at the junction of Broadway, and Seventh Avenue and stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Often iconified as "The Center of the Universe" – the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, is one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world's entertainment industry. According to Travel + Leisure Magazine, Times Square is the world's most visited tourist attraction, hosting over 39 million visitors annually.
Formerly Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed in April 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly erected Times Building – now called One Times Square – site of the annual ball drop on New Year's Eve, a tradition which began on December 31, 1907 and continues today, attracting thousands to the Square every New Year's.
Times Square is the site of the annual New Year's Eve ball drop. On December 31, 1907, a ball signifying New Year's Day was first dropped at Times Square, and the Square has held the main New Year's celebration in New York City ever since. On that night, hundreds of thousands of people congregate to watch the Waterford Crystal ball being lowered on a pole atop the building, marking the start of the new year.
Times Square is now a smoke-free space as New York City extended the outdoors smoking ban to the area.
For additional information on the Theatre District, Times Square, Midtown and beyond, contact our friendly concierge.