What’s going on behind the construction fence on Duffy Square? We’re glad you asked. It’s the site of the brand new, highly anticipated TKTS Discount Booth, which will sit beneath glowing red steps in the middle of a greatly expanded square when it opens in a few months. Those red steps will give New Yorkers and tourists from all over the world the best seat in the house for one of the city’s greatest ongoing theatrical events, Times Square itself. And, as always, they’ll be able to buy discounted tickets to shows in New York at one of 12 fully accessible windows in a newly modernized booth. The expanded plaza will give visitors more space to walk around (and, of course, line up).
The genesis of the project was a competition for designs for a new TKTS Discount Booth sponsored by TDF and the Van Alen Institute in 1999. The winning entry came from two young Australians, John Choi and Tai Ropiha. Now, six years later, their design, developed by Perkins Eastman, is being built in the midst of a new plaza designed by William Fellows Architects.
TDF partnered with the Times Square Alliance and the Coalition for Father Duffy to bring the project to fruition. The City of New York provided $9 million in support, and the balance of $3 million is coming from the three private parties. Want to be part of a one-time opportunity to help build a new icon in the heart of New York City at the crossroads of the world?
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Read more about the project here.