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Broadway - Times Square
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!
NEW YEARS EVE !!!!
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
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.
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Times Square - heart of the theaterland
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.
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Times Square...oh my goodness!!!!
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.
Do you want a real New York bargain?
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
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
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
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
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,
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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.
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I wanted to go, All my life!!!
Times Square Tourist Information
When visiting Times Square, stop by the neighborhood's most informative location - the Times Square Information Center. Located in the newly renovated Embassy Movie Theatre on 7th Avenue, between 46th and 47th Streets, The center is open daily from 8am to 8pm.
Times Square has it all. You can find first class lodging, all varieties of dining, entertainment, as well as tours of all parts of the city, shopping and nightlife in this exciting, vibrant and historic landmark in New York City. There are always events and attractions to be seen in Times Square, in the heart of the City that never sleeps.
Vistors to Times Square can find all sorts of fun, exciting and informative tours to explore other parts of the city. Choose from walking, bike, bus, food, limo, TV, landmark, ethnic or water tours. These tours will allow you to visit all major landmarks, sights, and attractions in every part of New York City, showing the diversity, culture, and history of this great metropolis.
Times Square offers an incredibly wide array of dining and food options. Dine in luxury at one of the area's five star restaurants, or enjoy a quick snack from one of the many street vendors. The area offers foods from every part of the world, with many different options to fit any budget.
Shopping in Times Square is almost limitless. An incredibly wide variety of shops and stores offer clothing, electronics, toys, and every sort of consumer good imaginable. The different and varied merchandise available will fit any need or budget. Find whatever you are looking for in your visit while shopping in Times Square.
Get your tickets for an incredibly wide variety of entertainment in Times Square. See a musical or play on Broadway, or go to a concert at a variety of nearby venues, offering all forms of live music. Enjoy a stand-up comedy performance, or see a movie in the area's many movie theatrERS
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Times Square, in my opinion the heart of the city. Located in Midtown around 42/47th street where Broadway and 7th Avenue meet you will find Times Square. The place has everything you can image. There are 2 TV studios here, the most interesting one are the MTV Studios from where they record Total Request Live. When stars make their appearance on this show, the crowd outside can take a look at them through the windows on the 2nd floor. Well known stores and restaurants are included, and bright flashy billboards are all over the place. And not to forget, everything is open 24/7 here.
Times Square is also a nice place to see how busy traffic gets.
Times Square is one of New York City's principal energy centers. For me Times Square is too crowded and too touristy, but I have to say that I really enjoyed my visit to Toys 'R Us which is situated at Times Square.
There is a cool site, which shows Times Square in live. There are couple of different cameras: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/
Fun improv comedy
If you're visiting New York, there's a good chance you're staying in Times Square. If you're looking for something fun to do at night other than a typical Broadway show, you should check out Monkeys in the Atrium, an improv troupe performing on Friday and Saturday nights in the back of Charley O's restaurant. The show costs $7 and there's a $10 drink minimum. There's an 8:30 show and a 10:00 show. If you've seen the television show Who's Line is it Anyway, you'll be familiar with their format. These guys are really funny, so call out some good suggestions and you'll be entertained. They're also going to start doing a show in the East Village at Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction, 34 Avenue A between 2nd & 3rd Streets.
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