On October 16th, 2008, the TKTS discount booth moved into its spectacular new home in Duffy Square after 35 years in a temporary facility.
The project to revitalize Duffy Square and rebuild the booth was a partnership between the Times Square Alliance, Theatre Development Fund and the Coalition for Father Duffy in cooperation with the City of New York. The opening ceremony, which was attended by over 500 guests, featured speeches by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the actress Bernadette Peters. Mayor Bloomberg hailed the new Duffy Square as a "gateway to Broadway and a beautiful symbol of Times Square's revitalization."
The new design, which integrates Duffy Square, amphitheatre-like red glass steps and the booth itself, provides a much-needed refuge from the visual cacophony that surrounds it. The amphitheatre is built entirely from glass, placing it at the forefront of glass technology. The red glass steps, which can seat up to 500 people, are illuminated from within. The TKTS booth is a freestanding, custom-fabricated fiberglass shell that sits beneath the steps, which are visible through the glass side walls of the structure. The booth is handicapped-accessible, has credit capability for the first time in its history and contains 12 sales windows -- a 20% increase in capacity.
The booth and red glass steps provide a backdrop for visitors to appreciate the Father Duffy monument, which is now fully accessible to the public after years of partial concealment behind wrought iron fencing. The redesigned Duffy Square, which is 50% larger, is now a pedestrian-friendly gathering place for the millions of tourists and New Yorkers who visit Times Square every year.
With the completion of the project, the heart of Times Square has been transformed and the bar for public space design in New York has been significantly raised. In recognition of its innovative design and impact on the urban landscape, the project has garnered several prestigious awards including the 2009 Design Award as Best Public Space by Travel + Leisure Magazine, the 2009 Design Award by the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the New York City Design Commission Award for Excellence in Design and a MASterwork Award from the Municipal Arts Society of New York.
Public sector funding from the City of New York has been critical to the realization of this project. In addition to generous support from the City, TDF, along with our two partner organizations, has been responsible for raising the balance from private sector sources. TDF's portion was $1.2 million, and we are only $57,000 shy of our goal. Please help us close the gap by making a donation to this iconic project. Contributions of all sizes are deeply appreciated and will help defray our costs. Major supporters of $25,000 and over are being recognized permanently on the west wall of the glass structure, making this a unique opportunity to become part of one of the most visible landmarks in our city - one that has become synonymous with theatre itself. Giving levels fall into three categories, ranging from $25,000 to $49,999; $50,000 to $74,999; and $75,000 and over. Pledges can be paid in one or in several payments. Thank you!
We would like to express our deepest appreciation to the following supporters to the TKTS renovation campaign.
$75,000 and over
David & Andrea Holbrook
John & Nan Breglio
Henry Nias Foundation
Barbara R. Biben & Alfred R. Stern
Peggy Howard Chane and Family
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Barbara H. Freitag
Robert Fried & Karen Kowgios and Family
Judith and Robert T. Goldman
Sandra D. Kresch and Samuel H. Hagler
The Matthaei Foundation
Pitney Bowes, Inc.
William J. Riordan
Patricia & Douglas Sacks
Alan Z. Senter
Eileen Silvers & Richard Bronstein
Earl D. & Gina Ingoglia Weiner
Stephen & Cathy Weinroth
William J. Baumol
Edes P. Gilbert
Barbara Lubin Goldsmith
Gail & Alan Levenstein
H. Gwen Marcus
Dina Merrill & Ted Hartley
D. Kenneth Patton
Charles L. Reinhart
Elizabeth Stribling & Guy Robinson