"Just when we were recovering from globalization, these guys started moving.
By 1984, Times Square was one of the most dangerous areas of the city, with over 2,300 crimes committed every year in a one-block radius.
Enormously profitable, they opened the door for adult movie theaters, strip clubs, and sex tional Archives and Records Administration 2 of 28, as Times Square took on a new feel, the businesses of the previous generation fled.The homeless populations of Times Square and neighboring Port Authority skyrocketed during the 1970s and 1980s.Peter Colapietro, pastor of the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church on 42nd Street, is not so lucky.5 of 28, a group of prostitutes walk through the side streets of Broadway and Times Square in New York in the summer of ttmann / Getty 6.In 360 libertin the above photograph, an undercover cop leads a man who's been arrested for selling crack in lan Tannenbaum / Getty 8 of 28, crime also became a chronic issue for the subway stations at Times Square.But before it became home to Broadway shows, chain restaurants, and television studios, it spent the latter half of the 20th century as the symbol of New Yorks decay.In 1975, tourists look into the windows of Times Square as they pass under the marquee for the Globe theater advertising the "filthiest show in town." Frederic Lewis / Getty 15 of 28, not everyone was happy about Times Square's transition into a center.Rolling Stone referring to it as the sleaziest block in America" in ggie Hopp 4 of 28, the sex trade arrived shortly after adult stores.Once sex shops begin to move in,.A man stands outside of a strip club on 42nd Street in the late ggie Hopp 17.He is Bill Daly, not Daley.
"You could have an adult-use store in the basement of the church, and if it was in compliance, there's not much we can do about it he said dryly.
Daley left his job as head of the Mayor's Office of Midtown Enforcement - where, in 17 years, he learned more than he really wanted to know about the etiquette of back-store peep shows, subgenres of explicit movies and types of sex toys -.We look at this Times Square of yesteryear, where chaos and seediness reigned supreme: 1 of 28, twenty-five-cent peep shows were the first adult stores to arrive in Times Square beginning in 1966."The delicatessen next store had to get permission to sell beer, but not these guys.".Then they began to promulgate in the heart of the garment district, in the upper 30's near the Avenue of the Americas.People pass unperturbed by the offerings of Taboo tional Archives and Records Administration 18 of 28, a Christian proselytizer walks in front of an adult theater on 8th even Siegel 19 of 28, exotic dancers await customers at an adult store in March 2005.Three doors down from the church rectory is the Times Square DVD and Video Center, which opened last December.Sweet Cakes.Allan Tannenbaum / Getty 12 of 28, the neighborhood also became home to non-traditional street acts.
Opened in 1955, the restaurant and the building it occupied were demolished in tional Archives and Records Administration 23 of 28 An advertisement for the musical Oh Calcutta dominates the corner of 8th Avenue and 42nd Street in 1981.Rainer Halama / Wikimedia Commons.
As the Guardian describes, "Times Squares venerable old theatres and spectacular movie palaces were torn down for office buildings or allowed to slowly rot away, showing scratchy prints of cheesy second-run films or pornography, which any casual visitor might have thought was the citys leading.