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Named in honor of Father Francis Patrick Duffy (1871-1932), a military chaplain and a priest in the Times Square area, this site has been a magnet for tourists, a staging area for public rallies, and a scene of victory celebrations. In 1973, Mayor John V. Lindsay, a passionate supporter of the Broadway theatre, was instrumental in creating the original TKTS booth with the Theatre Development Fund, making Duffy Square ever since a destination point for those in search of reduced price theatre tickets.
Once dominated by an eighty-ton, fifty-foot statue entitled Purity (Defeat of Slander) by Leo Lentilli in the early 20th century, today the square is defined by the iconic red glass steps that were completed in 2008 to house the TKTS booth.
In 1999 The Theatre Development Fund sponsored an international competition, administered by the Van Allen institute, to design a new permanent booth which would transform both the park and Times Square. The winning design concept by Choi Ropiha was the catalyst for a complete redesign of the park, spearheaded by the Times Square Alliance, and its realization was due in no small part to the
The red steps, designed by Perkins Eastman and engineered by Dewhurst MacFarlane and Partners, represent the cutting edge of glass technology; red glass steps supported on glass stringers and spanning all-glass, load-bearing walls, are illuminated from within by red L.E.D. lights. In addition, a geothermal system that descends 400 feet below Times Square, in between two subway lines, heats and cools the glass structure and fiberglass ticket booth, which itself was custom fabricated by the builders of America’s Cup sailboats.
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York
Adrian Benepe, Commissioner, Department of Parks and Recreation
City of New York Parks and Recreation
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Entertainment • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1973.
Location. 40° 45.543′ N, 73° 59.104′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from Broadway south of West 47th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Duffy Square, New York NY 10036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Father Duffy Memorial (here, next to this marker); Former School of Performing ArtsSamuel J. Friedman (about 700 feet away); Schubert Alley (about 700 feet away); Stage Door Canteen (about 700 feet away); John Golden (about 800 feet away); Battalion 9 9/11 Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of Eugene O'Neill (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. The marker is flat into the black marble wall/seats in the area of the Father Duffy statue and the tkts booth. It is the only NYC Parks marker I've seen that deviates from the standard green and white format.
Regarding Duffy Square. The tkts Booth is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
Also see . . .
1. Duffy Square. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on November 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Father Duffy Square History. Official NYC Parks description (Submitted on November 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.