|42nd Street facing East towards 7th Avenue.|
During a visit in July 2000, I saw that the street was completely transformed. The gleaming jewel on the block was the New Amsterdam Theatre restored and operated by Disney Theatrical Productions hosting the initial Broadway run of 'The Lion King' into its third year. Across the street the Ford Center for the Performing Arts (now the Foxwoods Theatre) was playing the first major revival of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. A new branch of Madame Tussauds wax museum opened and the Roundabout Theatre Company was to premiere it's brand new Broadway house named the American Airlines Theatre in the former derelict Selwyn Theatre. Two multi-screen theaters near the 8th Ave end would ensure that both New Yorkers and visitors would be patrons of the revived street. Also just opened was the towering 44-story Hilton Times Square.
|The New Amsterdam Theatre|
The street is loud, crazy and crowded but at least it feels far safer than when I first visited the area sixteen years ago. The character that is now the new 42nd Street should be expected in a destination like New York City. But rather than engrossing myself further in the madness, I quickly picked up a slice of pizza at the Pax Wholesome Foods shop (by the way with awful service), washed it down with a Red Bull and headed into the Foxwoods Theatre. With three major Broadway venues on the street, there's no doubt I'll be visiting 42nd Street again.
|42nd Street facing west.|
(all photos: TheHopefulTraveler)