Beyond the impressive aesthetic qualities of his work, Joe McKindry deserves praise for the meticulous, thorough research he put into creating these illustrations for his book about New York City’s Times Square, ‘ONE TIMES SQUARE: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World.’

The Brookline, Massachusetts-based illustrator and artist began his research in 2006 and finally completed the book this year. Looking at his work, it seems that old adage that "good things come to those who wait" rings true.

Whether it is a cluttered street scene or an iconic landmark, McKindry depicts life in Times Square down through the ages.

From HBO’s 'Boardwalk Empire’ to Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ to Baz Lehrmann’s upcoming film adaptation of the Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby, looking back into the past seems to be part of a wider pattern of cultural introspection.