Keywords

New York City, Times Square, Cultural Geography, Journalism History, Architecture, Newspaper Buildings, Place, New York Times

Abstract

Until the early twentieth century, Park Row was synonymous with New York newspapers. Of the newspapers that left Park Row, The New York Times was notable for having established a geographic landmark that was identified with the newspaper. In fact, by 1906, Times Square had replaced Park Row as a place for New Yorkers to get election night news or to celebrate New Year's Eve. Nevertheless, Times Square did not remain associated with its newspaper namesake, and today a successor to the "zipper" is the last physical reminder of the paper's presence in this area of New York City. Drawing on the Archives of the New York Times Company, this article traces the history of Times Square from the construction of Times Tower through the twentieth century as the Times lost its identity as the neighborhood's namesake.

Original Publication Citation

Dale L. Cressman, "From Newspaper Row to Times Square: The Dispersal and Contested Identity of an Imagined Journalistic Community," Journalism History 34:4 (Winter 2009), 182-193

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2009-02-01

Publisher

Ohio University

Language

English

College

Fine Arts and Communications

Department

Communications

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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