One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World

Joe McKendry. Godine, $19.95 (64p) ISBN 978-1-56792-364-3
In this spectacular album of crisp sketches and meticulous paintings styled after archival and current photographs, McKendry (Beneath the Streets of Boston) serves up a fascinating biography of One Times Square, the longstanding building at the heart of Manhattan. McKendry chronicles the development of the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue from its earliest incarnation as Long Acre Square, home to "[c]arriage builders, livery stables, and a few coal yards," to a lively hub for theater, crime-ridden neighborhood, and contemporary rebirth as an entertainment attraction and advertising mecca. And from 1904 till present, One Times Square both witnessed and adapted to change (it's now "an empty shell," completely covered with billboards). Architecture and history buffs—and, really, anyone with a sense of curiosity—will relish McKendry's visual approach: he describes and points out structures in labeled silhouettes on one page, then follows with fully rendered street scenes, offering context for the buildings. Insider details abound in explanations of the magic behind some memorable billboards, the light bulbs used for the famous moving "Zipper" news bulletin, and the ball that drops on New Year's Eve. Ages 6–10. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/20/2012
Release date: 06/01/2012
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.