How Much Electricity is Used in Times Square
The answer, lots. Well, of course. We knew that. But, how much? It turns out, the answer is impossible to know for certain, as Times Square, which runs from 42nd St. to 47th St. at the intersection of 7th Ave. and Broadway, is part of the larger Theater District, which stretches out several blocks more in all four directions. Additionally, the Theater District shares a distribution grid within Manhattan with its next door neighbors.
So, what's the estimate? The associate at Con Ed estimated that at the peak of the peak electrical use in the Theater District is approximately 161 Megawatts of electricity being used at any one time. We have read that 1 megawatt could power 1 thousand U.S. homes. That's 161,000 U.S. homes - and Americans aren't exactly known as energy conservationists. That would keep an small power plant busy just on its own.
Learn more about this and other interesting trivia on our Midtown Manhattan Tour.