Yes, the TKTS booth is moving from Duffy Square to the Marriott Marquis until December of this year while the new TKTS booth that looks like a huge red staircase (the ticket counters are under the stairs) is being constructed. But why did it take so long? Because the Times Square Alliance decided to spiff up Duffy Square, that sliver of land between Broadway and Seventh Avenues, between 47th and 46th Streets, in a $12.5 million project the meantime. The Times Square Alliance's Tim Tompkins says the TKTS steps will be "the Spanish Steps on steroids (it's okay to say "steroids" in development), and remaking Duffy Square is part of the bigger plan to make Times Square more pedestrian friendly. We can't wait!
Today will be the groundbreaking of the Duffy Square renovation project. Perkins Eastman designd the TKTS booth and William Fellows Architects designed the re-imagined Duffy Square. Learn more about Father Duffy, who the Square is named after, at Wikipedia. And we liked how the NY Times begins its article with a very logical question - Remember back at the turn of the century when they were going to replace the perennially temporary TKTS booth in Duffy Square with a brand new pavilion topped by a ruby-red spectators' bleacher overlooking the theater district? - because we totally did. Plus, some of the shows on sale at TKTS: Avenue Q, Sweeney Todd and The History Boys.
Design rendering from Perkins Eastman