This is what is going up there:
Times Square Plaza - 11 Times Square - 42nd St @ 8th Ave - by FX Fowle Architects
Any idea what the building rising on the corner in the Google Maps image is/is going to be? I avoid Times Square like it's the plague , so I had no idea something was even being built on the corner of 8th and 42nd.
Also, if you look at the Google Street View image and go south along 42nd from 8th ave to 40th and look west towards the river, what are those towers rising along 40th?
NY was a real POS in the 1970s.
I agree with you, Lofter. However, that excitement was due to the fact that the nation -- and the world -- were in the midst of "revolution". Opposition to Viet Nam was raging, the civil rights movement was reaching new heights, etc. Events like that spur creativity. As that ebbed and world-wide stability emerged in the late 80's, the excitement and creativity that pervaded NY and other world cities was bound to recede, and it did. The physical look of the city did not contribute to or deter from creativity and excitement; indeed, whether the city looked like a dump or not was independent from the cultural events that fostered creativity. That being said, I much prefer the look of today's NY.
Oh, yeah -- right where the NASDAQ fun house is now.
Here's a shot from the '80s looking towards the SE (with the white stripes of the former Verizon Building at Sixth / 42nd barely visible beyond):
Same corner about 100 years ago (with the Knickerbocker Hotel building visible at top right):
You're right about the J line, which terminates at Broad and Wall. It's essentially a local Z train. I've never been on either, so I'm not sure what the stations look like. I'll have to hop on the J one day and see for myself.
I actually had the J confused with the V for a minute as being the 2nd Ave/LES line, which I've also never seen south of W 4th. I'm still fairly certain the picture in question is in Chelsea, but hopefully somebody else can clarify.
If it's Chelsea it looks like the F, imo.
Has anyone got any photos inside our outside the magic shop/arcade that used to be on 52 (or 53rd?) and Broadway?
Was it on the east side of Broadway?