1. 1898 Getty Images Hulton Archive Here's the intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street back when it was known as Longacre Square. 2. 1904 Getty Images FPG This photo was taken shortly after the Times Tower was built and the intersection became known as Times Square. That's the Astor Hotel on the right. 3. 1916 Getty Images Edwin Levick You can see the New Amsterdam Theater on the left and the Rialto on the right. 4. 1921 Getty Images Edwin Levick Times Square as seen from 45th Street. The Times Square we know today is taking shape around this time. Those are street car tracks in the foreground. 5. Circa 1927 Getty Images Hulton Archive This photo was taken looking uptown from 43rd Street. There's a lot more car traffic at this point. 6. 1935 Getty Images Frederic Lewis Lots of still-familiar brands advertising in Times Square at this time – Chevrolet, Wrigley's chewing gum, Coca-Cola, and Camel cigarettes. 7. 1938 Getty Images Lass This shot is looking uptown along Broadway and 7th Avenue. Some gorgeous neon signage in this shot. 8. 1945 Getty Images Lawrence Thornton These people are celebrating V. E. Day on May 7th 1945. 9. 1950 Getty Images Orlando Just a business dude chilling out by a streetlight. 10. 1953 Getty Images Hulton Archive Here's a lot of great theater marquees along West 42nd Street. 11. 1956 Getty Images Hulton Archive Neon lights at night. You definitely get a better sense of the vibe there with a color image. 12. 1961 By SAS Scandinavian Airlines (http://images.flysas.com) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons / Via commons.wikimedia.org Just a few years later, in broad daylight. Some great vintage signage in this shot. 13. 1966 Getty Images Leo Vals There's a great moody, late night vibe to this shot. You could make a night of buying sporting goods at Modell's, walking down the block to get a steak for dinner, and then heading across the street to catch a late show of Queen of Blood. 14. 1973 Dan McCoy / Via commons.wikimedia.org Ooooooh, hey, stop the car! Young Nympho is playing in full color! 15. 1975 Getty Images Peter Keegan The neighborhood has really committed to a full-on sleazy vibe at this point in time. 16. 1977 Derzsi Elekes Andor / Via commons.wikimedia.org Just a casual afternoon in the late '70s. Maybe this dude is about to cross the street to catch a matinee of Smokey and the Bandit. 17. 1980 Getty Images David Herman The Pussycat was a porno theater on 42nd Street. The marquee is advertising Insatiable starring Marilyn Chambers. 18. 1981 Vaticanus / Via Flickr: vaticanus "Sadism, gore, and extreme violence. Vain, brutal, extravagant." Hmm, yes, one for Caligula, please! 19. 1985 Getty Images George Freston That Howard Johnson's was in Times Square for 46 years, from 1959 through 2005. 20. 1989 Joe Shlabotnik / Via Flickr: joeshlabotnik Here's some folks posing in late '80s Times Square. Diet Coke is being advertised instead of regular Coca-Cola, which was being marketed as Coke at the time. (Or "New Coke," as it's known today.) 21. 1993 arco_on_tour / Via panoramio.com And just a few years later, it's back to regular Coca-Cola, or as it was marketed at the time, "Coca-Cola Classic." 22. 1995 AFP / Getty Images HENNY RAY ABRAMS This photo was taken nearly two years into the Giuliani era. The character of the neighborhood has changed quite a bit at this point, and the "Disneyfiction" of the area was well under way. 23. 1999 AFP / Getty Images TIMOTHY A. CLARY Times Square on December 31st, 1999. The tradition of having a big celebration and the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve dates back to 1907. A good number of the people in this image were definitely paranoid about the Y2K bug. 24. 2002 Getty Images Times Square was frequently crowded in the late '90s and early '00s with pop music fans who hung around outside the MTV studio on 1515 Broadway for daily tapings of TRL. This photo was shot at a taping of a live performance by Bon Jovi for an event celebrating the beginning of the 2002 NFL season. 25. 2004 Getty Images Stephen Chernin Here's a relatively chill midday moment in Times Square a full century after it got its name. You can spot a lot of brands who've been advertising in the area for generations. 26. 2008 Javier Gutierrez Acedo / Via Flickr: javigutierrez The Virgin Megastore, which you can see around the center of this shot, was closed a year later. It was replaced by a Forever 21. 27. 2012 Neo II / Via Flickr: neo_ii Here's Times Square a few years after Mayor Michael Bloomberg permanently transformed much of the area into a pedestrian plaza, and one year after an outdoor smoking ban was passed. 28. 2015 Alky Jones / Via Flickr: alkyjones And here's Times Square today. Totally overrun with dudes in Elmo suits.