Writers and theater and Gangsters, Oh My!
Times Square is probably up there with one of the most famous of squares in the world, perhaps challenged by Red, Tianamen and Hollywood Squares. (Anyone remember that show?)
Times Square is known for New Year Eve, for the New York Times, it used to be known for prostitutes, heroin and strip clubs. It’s known now for Disney. David Letterman, lots of hotels. Hundreds of thousands of tourists.
We’ve been both fascinated and horrified by Times Square, but we found it irresistible as we constantly kept discover more literary treasures in that area that were getting lost- literary artists who it turns out created and personified that indelible, mythic quality of New York City.
So we put together a tour. I think it’s root comes from a combination of a passion for Literary History, a desire to take back some of Times Square for New York and New Yorkers, and also a need for some new bars to drink at. And thus our tour was born.
It’s changed a lot over the last couple years we’ve worked on, and where it stands now is a route, collection of stories and a series of performances that put it on par with anything we’ve put together. We’re very proud and excited to share with you all.
We’ve really highlighted what was probably the most influential time in the area, the 1910’s-40’s when the really magic of Times Square and the Great White Way were born and thrived. From the creators of the iconic Broadway shows, the actresses and hostess of the Glamorous Prohibition Scene, the protests, the gangsters the rubbed noses with them all, and of course some Baseball.
We’ve succeeded in doing what we do best, capturing the spirit of the neighborhood, through the eyes of it’s writers and artists, and we can no instill that spirit back into ether, and keep that magic of New York City alive.
We look forward to having you come get lit with us in Times Square Very soon.