Six Things You Didn’t Know About Times Square NYC

Oh, how we love New York City. This incredible metropolis in the US has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world.

In fact, it is likely that seeing Times Square is high on just about everyone’s travel bucket lists.

There is so much about New York that makes it special. From the history to the culture and the never-ending vibrancy, this city truly never sleeps. This means that equally, you will always find people exploring Times Square at every hour of the day. This shouldn’t be surprising, as in the most literal sense it connects the most popular streets of Broadway, Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street.

If you are planning a trip to visit New York this year, Times Square should be at the very top of your list. Whatsmore, even if you only have a limited time to enjoy it, you can still fit it in before your departing flight, bus or train. This is because some of the best luggage storage in Times Square can be accessed easily and booked conveniently online. That way you can really immerse yourself in this special part of New York City without having to worry about your bags.

It is always fun to know the history and fun facts of the places you are visiting and exploring. That is why we have rounded up the top things you likely did not know about Times Square.

1. It Was Not Initially Named Times Square

Originally, this famous square was once referred to as Longacre Square. But in the early 1900s, the New York Times moved into a building in this area and a new name was born—Times Square. But a fun fact is that even though the mayor of New York officially supported the renaming, the New York Times did not physically move into their new building for at least a decade. But the name stuck right away, and the rest is history.

2. The Ball Drop is a Century’s Old Tradition

New Year’s Eve is full of traditions. One thing that you can expect to happen every single year is that Times Square will host an epic New Year’s party and have their famous ball drop ring in the new year. This tradition is something that has been going on since the early 1900s and was started by the residents who lived around Times Square.

But the first ball drops were of a wood and iron globe with a hundred bulbs. Today, the ball has transformed into a behemoth of a ball that is over five tons in weight and has over 30,000 LED bulbs.

3. There is a Secret Passageway Here

Another famous building that calls Times Square home is the Knickerbocker Hotel. Back in the day, there was actually a secret passageway that connected the hotel’s restaurant to the subway. While the remnants of this passageway still exist, it is sadly closed to the public now. However, there is a commemorative plaque on the door to the Knickerbocker to prove that this secret passageway did indeed exist.

4. It’s So Bright, Astronauts Can See It

Now, for something to be seen from outer space, it has got to be bright. Leave it to Times Square to make that easy, thanks to their monstrosity of digital billboards that make this area so famous, to begin with. Many astronauts from the International Space Station have said how they can see Times Square while up in space. That may be why you know you have really made it when you get a billboard in Times Square because your fame will literally be out of this world. 

5. You Can Find Secret Art Here

Times Square keeps it interesting. In fact, the whole area is full of art that is hidden and waiting to be found. There are works from Max Neuhaus and Jeffrey Gibson. Some are sound installations. Others are synchronized art displays. Discovering the hidden artwork here adds a whole new level of fun to be in Times Square.

6. It is Pedestrians Only Now

Back in the day, cars could go through Times Square. But the fact that nearly half a million people walk through this area a day, it was only a matter of time until cars would become banned from driving through. Now, Times Square is a pedestrian-only plaza and has been for the last decade. This allows you to really soak up all the amazingness of this part of New York City without having to worry about oncoming traffic.


Times Square is simply one of those places that you do not want to miss out on while in New York City. It is also not a place you want to try to lug your bags through. So think ahead, store your luggage and enjoy every second of being in Times Square.




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