Times Square, New York City
A Major commercial intersection TIMES SQUARE is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District in midtown Manhattan. It is at the junction of Broadway and 7th Avenue and stretches from west 42nd to west 47th Streets. It is one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections with over 39 million visitors annually. It is also the site of the annual Ball Drop on New Year's Eve.
Only in Las Vegas have I seen such a huge number of animated neon signs - the largest of them called "Jumbotrons". Notable signs include the Toshiba billboard, the 7 story NASDAQ sign, the curved Coca-Cola sign and the large LED display by Samsung.
As Times Square is pedestrianized, you will find many characters parading around the Square looking for tips if you want your picture taken with them.The "Naked Cowboy" - who is not actually naked - is a fixture in Times Square. Two women in our bus group got pictures with him - lucky ladies. You will also find Elmo, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the Statue of Liberty, Batman and Spiderman. All in all - a crazy place!
To all who gave advice, thank you !! We have returned after having a fabulous visit to a most magical city. All of your advice was taken and utilized accordingly. Thank you, Thank you!
1. "Taxi" from LGA to Manhatten/Times Square!! No question.....
2. For those who need cushion on their feet - tennis shoes you would enjoy! NO Flip Flops...in the Fall. Too much construction and the trash bags do sit on the sidewalks for pick up... Just saying... (like the movies)
3. Take the tours in early morning! (we did and then saw the lines scheduled for 1pm tours... Yikes!)
4. People ARE friendly.
5. Must see a Broadway show and/or Musical. "Wicked" was phenominal... Puts a new twist on The Wizard of Oz.
6. Always check with folks on "Virtual Tourist" to get it straight!!
Fondest memory: The Best Italian Atmosphere, Food and Personal Touch Restaurant in Manhatten:
** Da Marino Ristorante Italiano Wine Bar ** on the sidewalk just down from Crowne Plaza.
You don't have to be "all" dressed up.... sassy casual (and some did wear blue jeans)... So relaxing but upbeat Piano Bar... Fan Dang Tastic!! You will NOT be disappointed....
I now miss the Hustle Bustle of the big city... Horns honking, taxi's screeching and people scurring... Enjoyed every moment...
Favorite thing: you can get a metro pass for 7-14 days unlimited use on buses and subway you get it from machines in the subway the only place it is no good is the air train too and from the airport that cost $5.00 but you can get the subway to the air train by useing the card we just left new york the other day it is a great pass we used it so much we were there for 10 days. be carefull of anybody offering free cd's in time square they come up to you saying they are just getting there music out for people to hear and they are from the bronx when they get the cd in your hand there is another 2 up to 5 others pushed cd in your hand they all tell the same type of story then they sign the cover asking your name and then they ask for a donation whatever your want to give but whatever you give one the others then start asking for there money
Times Square is a symbol for the vibrancy of Manhattan. With 27,000 residents and an estimated 26 million annual visitors each year, Times Square has changed a lot since it's inauguration 100 years ago. The theaters of Broadway and the huge number of gaudy animated neon and television-style signage have long made it one of New York's iconic images, and a symbol of the intensely urban aspects of Manhattan.
Fondest memory: Times Square is the only neighborhood with a zoning ordinance requiring tenants to display bright signs. One notable example is the NASDAQ sign which cost $37 million to build. The sign is 120 feet high and is the largest LED display in the world. NASDAQ pays over $2 million a year to lease the space for this sign. This is actually considered a good deal in advertising as the number of "impressions" the sign makes far exceeds those generated by other ad forms.
Directions: 42nd Street, Brodway & 7th avenue
As in most cities, there is a lot of advertising in New York City. But in the Times Square area it is incredible!
Huge billboards for all the well-known brands of the world, with giant friezes and models protruding from them.
I particularly enjoyed the art deco type theatre billboards in theatre land. Huge, glitzy and in your face – that’s the game here!
The colours and typography and pizzazz just hit you from all sides, you don’t know quite where to look.
It’s quite spectacular!
For many tourists, Time Square, where 42nd Street meets Broadway, is the heart of New York City. For certain, there seems to be more tourists here than in any other part of the city as it is the centre of the Theatre District. I have never been overly impressed by Time Square but I still recommend that you stroll through. It is probably the best place in New York to people watch.
When I first visited New York in 1989, Time Square was evolving into a more family friendly environment. 42nd Street was still saturated with porno shops and looking very much like it does in "Taxi Driver". Today this has changed immensely. The street is lines with family oriented entertainment and theatres and ones grandmother walk down here. On Times Square itself there is all the usual chain stores from Disney to Virgin Records. These are never a draw for me but others might be thrilled. On the south side of the Square is the Times Tower, where the New York Times once had its headquarters hence the squares name. This tower is not much to look at but the famous digital headline new ticker and the huge advertisements. Still it a major symbol of New York.
A first stop to get pamphlets, flyers, discounts and info from experts is the NYC Tourist Center.
They have brochures and discount coupons to a diverse selection of destinations throughout the city. Info on hotels, culture, dining, shopping, sightseeing, events, attractions, tours and transportation. The Centers have discount coupons to attractions and theaters.
there are 3 centers, and 2 kiosks around town. I went to the one just a couple blocks north of Times Square, 810 Seventh Avenue, between 52nd & 53rd Streets. The others are at the Apollo in Harlem and the Financial District/Wall St and two Visitor Kiosks (located Downtown at City Hall Park and in Chinatown)
I love everything about Manhattan! It's sort of like being in Rome: millions of people, crazy traffic, and too much to see! One of the cool things was Times Square and all of those huge advertising boards and video signs--won't find any of those in Rhode Island :o) That's a pic of Times Square.
Fondest memory: Seeing the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Avenue--then I REALLY know I'm in NYC.
Times Square at night draws people from everywhere, most nationalities would be present each evening. The abundance of colourful neon lights injects sparkle into the district and everyone is there for a good time.
The New York Police department have a strong contingent on duty, both men and women officers and the few times we visited Times Square during our short stay we felt safe and secure.
New York - what can I say. The most amazing city I have ever been to. The people there are very helpful and friendly and the city itself is remarkably clean.
I have visiting NYC a few times now at various times of the year. Last time was to celebrate New Year. We stayed at the Millennium Times Square Hotel in the centre of Times Square. Great rooms, very plush and clean. We also had a decent view of the square which was good. The first time we stayed at The Bentley Hotel in the upper east side of the city and again, I would really recommend this hotel. Although it is a bit farther away from the main part of the city, the NYC transportation system allows you to get back and forth with no problem what so ever.
Bentley Hotel - http://www.nychotels.com/
Millenium Broadway Hotel - http://www.millenniumhotels.com/MCIL.nsf/lu_hoteldoc/58$$hoteldescription?opendocument
Fondest memory: There are far to many things that I love about this city to mention but I will try to list some.
FOOD!! - lots of it, everything you could ever imagine - Try John's Pizza and Ellen's Stardust Dinner - food with entertainment!!!! - http://ellensstardustdiner.com/
Theatre - You have to take a show. I say Aida and Mama Mia - great stuff
Zoo - If you want to visit a good zoo - go to the Bronx Zoo. Great animals to see and wonderful zoo. http://www.bronxzoo.com/
Park - Has to be Central Park. Go for a horse and carridge ride through the park. Also visit Turtle Pond. You might even see a turtle . Link - http://www.centralparknyc.org/
I would also recommend a visit to the American National History museum. Will take quite a while to go around this. I took a day!!! Great for the little kids and the big kids!! http://www.amnh.org/museum/welcome/
SHOPPING - Well it goes without saying really. Anything you could dream off!! For a great outlet, visit the WOODBURY CENTRE Outlet - great bargins but check the weight limit on your flight before you visit!!! http://www.icsc.org/srch/sct/current/page68.html
SPORT - If you enjoy sport, try and visit Madison Square Gardens. You can see loads of stuff here - we saw the New York Rangers (Ice Hockey) and the New York Knicks (basketball).
SIGHTS - There are TONS of sights to see in NYC from the obvious ones like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State building, to the smaller sites like the Flatiron building and Radio City. I would also recommend a trip in a helicopter. Some breathtaking sites on a good day.
What's amazing about NYC [New York City] - is that one can expect to see the unthinkable at anytime !! One will never get bored. This really amazes me.
The picture on the left, taken on 42nd Street (Times Square) in 2003, shows a funny one-man-only costume. At first sight it looks like a two-men costume. But it is not. It's one-man only !!. Creativity is always all over the place. One will NEVER get bored just by walking by in New York. Fabulous.
Just absorb being there in one of NYC's biggest areas. Make sure, if you can, to catch a Broadway show. I didn't all the times I've been there, which is unfortunate, but either my time was limited or no money.
Fondest memory: Seeing all the advertising signs in Times Square.
I had many favorite things about NYC, including the variety of things to do. It's truly a city that never sleeps that's for sure.
Fondest memory: Going to the McDonalds in Times Square constantly to get a quick bite to eat before going back on the cruise ship.
I can't get enough of just people watching and absorbing all the advertising signs in one of New York City's busiest areas. It's a whole other world on itself. Everything's in relative walking distance as well.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory would have to be smelling the foods of the NYC delis as I'd walk by. Also the Brooklyn accents.
My favorite thing about NYC was all the people. I met so many friendly people from all over the place.
Fondest memory: Times Sqaure and Cipriani's tops my list! Times Square was absoulutly nuts!!! There were sooooooooo many people but everyone was having a good time even though we were all freezing cold and wet from the snow/flurries. This is something everyone should do at least once in their life. There were people of all ages, not many "little" kids, there were even people in wheel chairs. The people in wheel chairs get the best viewing spot, they have an area all of their own right in the front.