The Great White Way—Times Square, New York City

Howard Thain1925

New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY, United States

This view of Times Square--a section of midtown Manhattan centered at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue--looks downtown. In the early years of the 20th century, Times Square became the main transfer point for north-south traffic in the new subway system, and its importance grew after Grand Central terminal opened, further helping to focus commercial activity in midtown. By the time of the First World War, most theaters had moved to Times Square from the former theater districts along the Bowery to East 14th Street and along Broadway from 42nd Street to Union Square. Vaudeville and other musical activities were concentrated in the nearby streets, helping to make Times Square an exciting nocturnal location lit by marquees and bright lights.


  • Title: The Great White Way—Times Square, New York City
  • Creator: Howard Thain
  • Date Created: 1925
  • Physical Dimensions: 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm)
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Genre: Cityscape
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Object Number: 1963.150
  • Credit Line: New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mrs. Howard Thain

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