In the s, pimps and prostitutes haunted Times Square along with crime-filled subways and drug dealers. These shocking photographs taken by Stephen Shames reveal the abuse and depravity of s New York when male prostitutes and hustlers roamed the streets openly. The majority of the young lads who ended up leading this depressing life were runaways or kids that had been thrown out of their homes. Others called them street hustlers, and many may have supported families through prostitution. Buildings were left vacant becoming home to squatters as they fell into disrepair.
28 Photos That Show How Much Times Square Has Changed
30 Vintage Photos From The Glory Days Of Times Square | Vintage News Daily
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New Year’s in Times Square, over the years
The billboards and neon signs were very colorful and extremely huge. The many theatres all had screaming marquee signs in order to attract their audiences, while the premieres of their movies in turn attracted the big stars of Hollywood. The first two parts, and , are being presented here, will follow soon. So, jump into the timemachine and enjoy your stroll on Times Square!
Times Square, then Long Acre Square. Times Square had its humble beginnings as Long Acre Square prior to The Astors owned much of the land around Times Square, and the commercial area was also once the site of William H. The top photograph of Broadway and 42nd Street shows billboard posters already plastered over buildings that were still low-rise, stone streets traversed by streetcars, horse drawn carriages and wagons, and a sanitation worker cleaning the gutter. Photo from Library of Congress.