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28 Photos That Show How Much Times Square Has Changed

From pornos to Elmos. This post actually doubles as a history of outdoor advertising.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.