Times Square, New York City

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    watch out the naked cowboy!

    by barbskie Updated Apr 10, 2006

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    As we were walking along the busy Times Square, we spotted a naked man in the middle of the streets. A muscular, brooding man in tighty whities with a guitar. People yelling, whistling, clapping and others shouting "I love you baby"! Almost everyone stopped to look. For a tourist, a nice photo with him isn't bad......but missed it.
    The Naked Cowboy is Robert John Burck, a pisces born from Ohio. He is a New York City street performer and a fixture in Times Square. Also known to some parts of the world.

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    Toys R Us - incredible toy store

    by supercarys Updated Apr 6, 2006

    Toys R Us was fantastic, we bought tickets to their Ferris wheel (yes a Ferris wheel inside the shop!) straight away. The cars were M&Ms, Monopoly, Nicolodeon, Toy Story, Fisher Price, Tonka, Matchbox, Cabbage Patch, Barbie and others.

    There was the Jurassic Park entrance with a very lifelike animatronic t-rex roaring its head off next to it. There were GI Joe paratroopers, a wooden railway, a Spiderman hanging from the roof mid leap, heaps of figurines of movies - X-men, Spider man, Star Wars - there was Luke on a Taun taun!, Lord Of The Rings, it was awesome! There is even a refreshment floor inside this 4 story toy emporium.

    This is a great place to spend an hour or two, you'll need it.

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    Times Square

    by CandS Updated Apr 1, 2006

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    Times Square is a busy and exciting place...especially at night! We visited during the day and at night...the bright lights at night definitely livened the place up a lot! :) It was amazing to see all those signs for the various shows, products etc.

    We got some discounted tickets to see "The Producers" at St James Theatre at the TKS ticketing booth one day too...they had heaps of shows with discounted tickets although they seem to sell out quickly...

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    You gotta see it to believe it...

    by wreckloose Updated Mar 27, 2006

    This is just one of those places you HAVE to see when you come to New York. You always see it on TV, in video games, in magazines, newspapers etc. It's awesome in the daytime, and even better at night because of all the bright lights.

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    Broadway - Times Square

    by PetraG Written Mar 9, 2006

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    Broadway, as its name implies is a big, wide avenue that runs the entire length of Manhattan Island in New York City. It passes through the middle of the Theater district concentrated around Times Square and has lent its name to those spectacular musical productions known as the Broadway play. No visit to New York City would be complete without seeing at least one Broadway musical production.
    In 1904, the New York Times built the Times Tower on 43rd street just off Broadway to replace the premises in Downtown. The square facing the building was called the Longacre square, but was soon renamed Times Square. The name is now used for the area between 40th and 53rd street and 6th and 9th avenue.
    At the start of the first World War, Times square was the center of the Theater district and attracted a large number of visitors. This made the square an ideal place for billboards. In 1917 the first large electric display billboard was installed. 11 Years later, the first running electric sign was let for the first time, to announce Herbert Hoover's victory in the Presidential elections. The billboards have become such a tourist attraction for the area, that the zoning now requires the buildings to be covered with billboards!

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    NEW YEARS EVE !!!!

    by MELEBR Updated Mar 3, 2006

    Everyone must watch the ball drop in person at least once in thier lifetime. It was amazing. We were cold, it was raining/flurries but it was awesome. It is truely a zoo a people. Check out www.timessquarenyc.org for everything you want to know about NYE. It is all there.

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    As Electric as Anywhere in the World

    by mydreamquest Updated Feb 22, 2006

    With the exception of maybe Tokyo, Hong Kong or Beijing, Times Square on 42nd Street is as electric as anywhere in the world. It seems to be the hub of advertisement in the Streets of New York City. After dinner, my buddy Brian and I found ourselves here and just enjoyed the moment at around 11pm at night. It was a Wednesday on a very hot day. That night, there were still many people walking about.

    On the streets were artists selling their work and offering to sketch. There is an amazing buzz the first time you find yourself on top of the World in New York's Times Square.

    Just in case you get misled, that "War of the Worlds" picture is an advertisement for that Steven Spielberg/Tom Cruise movie that was released in the summer of 2005.

    Do not watch it. It is a horrible movie. I just do not want you to think I am advocating that movie via the picture.

    Here I am in Times Square, June 2005 The Movie Buzz in Times Square in June 2005 The Slew of Night Lit Advertisements
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    Times Square - heart of the theaterland

    by aukahkay Written Feb 16, 2006

    Times Square is the heart of the theater district of New York. By night, it is a dazzle of advertising neon lights. The most current musicals and plays perform at the various theaters on Times Square. Besides, there are numerous fast food restaurants, American-style grills and pizzieras at every corner to satisfy the hungry traveller. Street artists from China do portraits and paintings at street corners for a small fee of $10 - 20. I must say that Times Square is really for the tourist. At any one time, there are more tourists and non-New Yorkers than native New Yorkers.

    I have just watched Sunset Boulevard Times Square by day
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    Times Square...oh my goodness!!!!

    by sugarpuff Written Feb 5, 2006

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    We had saved this place for last as we both thought that at night time it would look a lot more impressive with all the lights, and boy were we right! It was incredible! Again, like the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero, we both thought it would be a lot larger, but maybe we've just got it stuck in our heads that EVERYTHING in the States is HUGE!!!! Apart from the size though, it was the noise...it was like Leicester Square times one million....!Lights so bright you thought you were walking there during the daytime, noise from different radio stations and news corporations blaring out of the speakers, people EVERYWHERE and of course the NYPD! We found that there was a large force of them dotted all around the city, and I dont know if this is helping crime come down, or if they are there because crime is up?!

    The amount of photos we took was incredible, and I dont know if they came out well or not as I havent checked them yet, but the place was staggeringly amazing! I dont know if the locals go there at all, but there were so many people and it was so exciting. It also started to snow a little bit which was perfect for me as I always think about being in New York in the winter when its snowing!Unfortunately it was bitterly cold and I had to go on a hand drier search pretty quick!

    There are all kinds of shops round there all mainly geared towards the tourist mind you, but aside from those, there was a Virgin Megastore and several comedy clubs and of course the broadway theatres. There's a 'tkts' booth which Im sure you've all heard about where you can buy your tickets to go see shows at a reduced price. I didnt go to see a show but I did pass by the 'tkts' booth and saw that most shows had a 35%-50% reduction on them, so it is well worth going there to have a look.

    The 'tkts' booth

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    Do you want a real New York bargain?

    by Rita_ Updated Feb 1, 2006

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    If you love the theater but you can't afford the full price of the ticket, visit Duffy Square, the center island of 47th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue and look for TKTS booths!!! :)
    Established in 1973, TKTS sells unsold tickets on the day of performance for all Broadway shows for 25-50% off the box office price plus a $3.00 service charge per ticket.

    The electronic signs in front display what shows are available for that day. Be aware, TKTS ONLY accepts cash and traveler's cheques. And get there early!!!! Lines can get long very quickly - especially during good weather and the holiday season! Sometimes you have to wait on line even for an hour or more, but it can be fun to watch people in line or you can get some reading done! ;)

    TKTS is run by the Theater Development Fund, TDF

    In the picture I am queuing in front of TKTS to get a ticket for "The Phantom of the Opera": I finally got it for 50$ instead of 100$!!!!!! It was well worth waiting on line!!! ;)

    Box Office Hours - Duffy Square
    Evening Performances Monday - Saturday 3 PM - 8 PM
    Matinees Wed. & Sat. 10 AM - 2 PM
    Matinee & Evening Sunday 11 AM - 7:30 PM

    Waiting on line for TKTS!!! TKTS Booth in Time Square

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    Times Square

    by dejavu2gb Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    Before the arrival of Television, Times Square was the nation's largest space for glittery advertising. Also known as "The Great White Way" after its bright lights and to describe Broadway's profusion of theatres in Times Square.
    Approximately 24 million visit Times Square every year, making it a very popular spot for tourists.
    Times Square is particularly well known for the crowds it attracts during New Years Eve. Up to million people gather here to see a brightly lit ball decend from the roof of One Times Square at midnight. The whole drop lasts about 90 seconds.

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  • Audio Walking Tour for Your iPod

    by duckwora Written Jan 16, 2006

    This is a great tour of the theatre district and Times Square and you can listen to it on your iPod at your leisure. These audio tours are pretty nifty and very reasonable priced. I've done all four in Manhattan from Sounds for Sights. They're only five dollars and combine a good amount of history with more recent information for a well-rounded tour. I would suggest it.

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    Glaring Neon Lights

    by Icemaiden02 Updated Jan 6, 2006

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    Pretty much any subway line should end up in Times Square (if it ends up at Grand Central, take the S shuttle to Times Square). Located on 42nd Street and Broadway, it's the part of the city that never sleeps. The lights and the sounds will dazzle you beyond belief.

    Times Square used to have the reputation of being a bad area to find drugs and prostitutes. Now, after mayor Rudy Giuliani had a crack at it, it's a safe tourist attraction with glitzy neon lights to vow any visitor.

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    Open top buses

    by dawnandash Written Dec 27, 2005

    We wanted to get a good view of New york from every angle, so we jumped on a greyline bus, We pre-booked our tickets costing $39.00 each and caught our bus outside Macys, We had a guide, talking about what we were seeing, View from the top of the bus was great, we went through everywhere, China town, Grennwich village, 5th avenue, central park, Times square, Fantasic value, It started snowing as we were going round, just magical, We were on and off bus for 6 hours, we loved it, but it may not be everyones cup of tea,

    Our bus stop, outside Macys Downtown, bus top view World trade centre site 5th Avenue 75ft Christmas tree Times Square
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    Melting pot

    by pakistanibrain Written Dec 15, 2005

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    This is probably the coolest place in New York City. It is really colourful and full of life, but also loud.

    There I saw drummers playing on buckets instead of drums. I saw a policeman on a horse for the first time in my life.

    In one word: A must see, when you visit the Big Apple.

    I'd recommend to go there twice: Once during the day and once in the evening when it's dark.

    Me on Times Square
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