Palaces in the U.S. will be closed for business at Times Square this week as the iconic New York City landmark will reopen for the summer.
The city announced the closure on Friday.
Times Square will reopen Monday for “the most exciting summer we’ve had,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
The move comes on the heels of a $2.4 billion upgrade of the square and the renovation of Times Square’s iconic Macy’s department store, the tallest building in the world.
De Blasio said the reopening is not a matter of whether Times Square is closed, but rather, a matter “of the integrity of our community.”
New York is the largest U.K. city with more than 400 million people.
Times square opened in 1890 as a meeting place for New Yorkers during World War I. The park is named after the 18th century Dutch merchant and philanthropist George Van der Zee, who helped build the U-boat fleet and who later helped found the New York Public Library.