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The Devil’s Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square

Thursday May 2004


James Traub The New York Times Magazine

As Times Square turns 100, this book tells the story of how a little plot of land in the center of New York City became and remains the symbol of urban excitement all over the world.

James Traub details Times Square’s heyday of nightclubs and theaters in the 1920s and 1930s, its notorious collapse in the 1960s and 1970s, and the fierce debates over how best to restore it to life.

He has been writing about New York City for twenty-five years and is the author of the book, City on a Hill, about the City College of New York.