For your enjoyment, here is Bill Clinton's recollection of Times Square when he visited as a young man from Arkansas in 1964:
When I was 18 years in November of 1964, a freshman at Georgetown, I first went to Times Square. I bought a steak at Tad’s Steakhouse. I heard a guy ream his mother out, poor working woman, because she’d given him a hi-fi instead of a stereo speaker. I remember everything about it. I saw a hooker approach a man in a gray flannel suit. Pretty heavy stuff for a guy from Arkansas. My view is it’s way better now. You have to look at the overall numbers. Yes, look, I still have vivid memories of it. Romantic, fascinating.
Clinton Recalls Old Times Sq.: ‘Hookers’ and Steak [City Room/NYT]