TKTS booth in Manhattan has new look

October 16, 2008 5:39:20 PM PDT
Bernadette Peters and Mayor Michael Bloomberg tossed confetti in the air Thursday at the opening of Times Square's gleaming new TKTS, the theater district's famed discount-tickets booth. "Times Square is known around the globe as the greatest stage for theater, the best place to celebrate the New Year and the crossroads of the world, and these improvements will make the Times Square experience even greater," Bloomberg said.

Hundreds of tourists and New Yorkers line up daily at the TKTS booth to buy discounted same-day tickets to Broadway and Off Broadway shows. Set on a traffic island at Broadway and Seventh Avenue, the new, glass-enclosed booth sits under a glowing, red glass staircase.

Pedestrian space on the once-crowded island, known as Father Duffy Square, also has been enlarged by 115 percent.

Construction on the project was supposed to begin in 2000, but it was delayed by factors including the 2001 terror attacks and a leadership change at the Theatre Development Fund, which runs the TKTS program.

The discount tickets outlet had been housed in trailers since it opened in 1973. During the renovation, there was a temporary booth on West 46th Street.

There are also TKTS booths in downtown Brooklyn and at the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan.

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