Inventing Times Square: Commerce and Culture at the Crossroads of the World

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A unique volume, Inventing Times Square approaches the subject of twentieth-century American city culture through a multidimensional examination of one quintessential urban space: Times Square. Ranging in time from 1905, when the crossroad was given its present name, through to the current plans for redevelopment, the authors examine Times Square as economic hub, real estate bonanza, entertainment center, advertising medium, architectural experiment, and erotic netherworld. Though the volume centers on Times ...

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Overview

A unique volume, Inventing Times Square approaches the subject of twentieth-century American city culture through a multidimensional examination of one quintessential urban space: Times Square. Ranging in time from 1905, when the crossroad was given its present name, through to the current plans for redevelopment, the authors examine Times Square as economic hub, real estate bonanza, entertainment center, advertising medium, architectural experiment, and erotic netherworld. Though the volume centers on Times Square, the essays venture much further into urban history and American social history, revealing in the process how Times Square reflected—even epitomized—America as it became an urban consumer culture.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
A portrait of pre-World War II America in good-natured upheaval, shaking off convention and inventing and reinventing an unpredictable 'commercial culture.'.
Los Angeles Times
This is a rather astonishing effort—the collective brainpower focused on the subject fairly guarantees that every little corner of the square's history will be illuminated for the reader.
Journal of American History
The range of topics is enormous, from the strategies of city planners and real estate entrepreneurs to the tactics of cultural resistance employed by homosexuals and by retailers of commercial popular culture.
Library Journal
In this book, Times Square, world-renowned center of New York City's entertainment district, is examined in its many facets by a group of critics and academic scholars. They have put together an account of American popular culture, as exemplified by Times Square, from a time of vivid change before World War I when Times Square was at the height of its fame and influence through the district's eventual decline after the Great Depression of the 1930s. The contributors explore in depth the convergence of the social and economic forces and the cultural institutions that made Times Square a national cultural marketplace wielding great influence in the nation's theatrical business, in the Hollywood film industry, and in the national radio networks. Recommended for popular culture and academic urban affairs collections.-- Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., CUNY
Booknews
Visiting Times Square, from its christening in 1905 to its eventual decline after the Depression, this collection of contributed essays is a vibrant cultural history illuminating the impact of social and economic forces on Forty-second Street over time. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801853371
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

William Taylor has taught at Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Chicago, and the State University of New York-Stony Brook. A fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, he is the author of In Pursuit of Gotham and Cavalier and Yankee.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prologue - Times Square: Secularization and Sacralization
I Structural Changes
Introductory Essay 16
1 Developing for Commercial Culture 36
2 Uptown Real Estate and the Creation of Times Square 51
3 Urban Tourism and the Commercial City 66
4 The Discipline of Amusement 83
5 Brokers and the New Corporate, Industrial Order 99
II Entertainment and Commerce
Introductory Essay 120
6 Vaudeville and the Transformation of Popular Culture 133
7 The Syndicate/Shubert War 147
8 Impresarios of Broadway Nightlife 158
9 The Entertainment District at the End of the 1930s 178
10 Irving Berlin: Troubadour of Tin Pan Alley 191
11 Broadway: The Place that Words Built 212
III Commercial Aesthetics
Introductory Essay 234
12 New York's Gigantic Toy 243
13 Joseph Urban 271
IV Boundaries of Respectability
Introductory Essay 286
14 Policing of Sexuality 297
15 The Policed: Gay Men's Strategies of Everyday Resistance 315
16 Private Parts in Public Places 329
Afterword - Reinventing Times Square: 1990 356
Notes 371
Contributors 425
Index 429
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