Times Square Remade:
The Dynamics of Urban Change

Tue, Oct 24, 2023

MIT Press, 2023

What is it about Times Square that has inspired such attention for well over a century? In her new book, Times Square Remade: The Dynamics of Urban ChangeLynne Sagalyn examines the three main forces that have shaped and reshaped Times Square—theater, real estate, and pornography—and explains the politics and economics of what got built and what has been restored or preserved. Twenty years after her widely acclaimed Times Square Roulette, Sagalyn returns to New York's most popular and symbolic urban space, analyzing how the public-private transformation of 42nd St. has impacted the entertainment district and adjacent neighborhoods.

After her talk, Lynne will be joined in conversation with Alison Isenberg, Professor of HIstory at Princeton University.

Lynne B. Sagalyn

Lynne B. Sagalyn is Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor Emerita of Real Estate at Columbia Business School, as well as a real estate professional. She is the author of Power at Ground Zero: Politics, Money, and the Remaking of Lower Manhattan (Oxford University Press, 2016), Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon (MIT Press, 2003), and Downtown, Inc.: How America Rebuilds Cities (coauthor, MIT Press, 1989).

Alison Isenberg

Alison Isenberg is Professor of History at Princeton University, where she co-directs the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities. She is the author of Designing San Francisco: Art, Land, and Urban Renewal in the City by the Bay (2017) and Downtown America: A History of the Place and the People Who Made It (2004).


The video begins with an introduction of the author Lynne B. Sagalyn and the guest Alison Isenberg by Museum Director Carol Willis. Sagalyn's talk follows, then a dialogue with Alison Isenberg.