Not sure if anyone really knows who he is, but I have seen this gentleman on TV quite a number of times. He is not actually naked, but is cladely dress with his logo on his behind and dressed in his cowboy hat, boots and guitar.....lol! I must say he did attract a lot of ladies to have their picture taken right smack in the middle of Times Square. I found a site that belongs to him, very interesting...lol! You go cowboy!
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.
Times Square, the heart of the Theatre District and named after the headquarters of the New York Times newspaper, has seen mostly middle- and low-brow entertainment for the last century.
It's one of those places you "must" see because it's, well, sort of unique and visually exciting, but not so much because of what you can actually see, do or experience there - other than gazing at the light show and snapping some colorful pictures.
It's terribly crowded - tourists flock in herds and it actually feels very "un-New York" once you've seen (and familiarized with) other parts of the city. Other than the theaters in the area, Times Square feels kind of junky with all of its fast food places, cafés, shops that sell tourist kitsch and branches of stores like Disney Store and Virgin Megastore. Most of it is bloody expensive, too.
Neon billboards have been here since the 20's. After a long period of decline starting during the Depression, during which Times Square was a scene of sex shops, drug dealers and prostitution, "rejuvenation" (read : "Disney-fication") of the district began in the 1990's, with many themed stores and -restaurants, and, on the plus side, improved safety. You'll see plenty of police on patrol here so it's much safer than before - crime stats continue to drop considerably. Still, be aware of your surroundings when you take a stroll here, and mind your personal belongings.
-feel free to check my "tourist trap" entry for Times Square, "prepare to be disNYfied - resistance is futile" which has links to live webcams on Times Square, as well.
On New Years day this may be the best place to bump into a tourist cause way before the midnight ball drops there are 100 of 1000's of people packed into time square in the freezing cold.
Time Square is the major junction of Broadway & 7th Avenue and a dazzle of LED lights, people selling discounted tickets for broadway & a road full of hungry taxi drivers waiting for the unsuspecting tourist to leave the theatre.
The half price theatre ticket booth is just off time square although locals tend to use the discount booth at South Seaport.
Be wary of pick pockets as where there are hoardes of people there crime and a dirty water dog on every corner.
ESPN Zone is a playground for adults. The second floor has two sections, one is the Screening Room and a Skybox and the second section is the Bristol Suite which overlooks Times Square. You can go there and get some food/drinks and watch sports on their massive television screens. The third floor holds the sports arena. I came here once with friends, and another time with my mother and cousin and everyone had a great time. No matter what your age is –you will see young kids and older adults playing all sorts of games (car racing, bowling, basketball, guns, hokey, so many...) This is a great place for a sports fanatics! Go on their website and you will see what I mean.
The bright lights of Times square may not have the razz - a - ma - tazz of Las Vegas but they seem somehow more 'in you face' and 'Bling-bling' to me, perhaps because they are more than just mere advertising.
One of the most effective is the 7-storey high NASDAQ display that constantly updates all the world and market news.
I would certainly regard it as one of the Icons of New York City. Such displays also feature in many TV shows and Films, perhaps with the character on the big screen proposing his undying love....
Times Square does have "tourist trap" written all over it, but it is a must-see at least once, to take in all it's neon glory at night. Times Square has been the heart of the theatre district since 1899, but started a decline in the 1930's as many sex shows started taking over the old theatres. Rejuvination started in the 1990's, and when we visited late one night, was extremely safe, if not for the crowds, for the many police officers on duty.
There's so much to Times Square-shopping, restaurants, TV studios, New Years Eve, and people...lots of people. It wasn't that long ago that Times Square wasn't a safe place to be, especially for families. That's changed in the last 10 years.
One thing to watch out for: sidewalk vendors are all over the place, making a place that's never easy to navigate, even tougher. They take up lots of space on the sidewalks, selling just about anything: handbags, videos, etc...and they all "fell off the back of the truck".
Still, you haven't seen NYC without a visit to Times Square
The Naked Cowboy! Well what can I say about this guy? Properly that he makes a lot of money!
After many tours back and forth across the country, countless photo shoots, live performances, The Naked Cowboy slowly became an entertainment icon. Now boasting national recognition as an urban legend of sorts and several notable TV appearances (Friends, MTV, Today Show). Standing, as he is daily, at the intersection of 45th Street & Seventh Avenue in the heart of Times Square, he may look the very picture of sideshow clown or outright lunatic (especially when the temperature drops below freezing). When we saw him, it was December and freezing cold. Whether you like him or not, it’s the only walking, talking, and singing tourist attraction of New York.
Situated on Times Square is the Times Square Information Centre which is in a restored theatre which was originally called the Embassy Movie Theatre. From here you can get information, free maps, postcards, buy theatre tickets, you can even go on a free walking tour with a guide pointing out things that you may otherwise not know about. These tours are every Friday at 12pm.
The information centre is open everyday from 8am -8pm.
This photo shows where Times Square forks out into two roads. You'll recognise Times Square from many movies. In particular, I always remember "Vanilla Sky," where Tom Cruise stands in the middle of Times Square while it's completely empty!
Of course, if you want to do the same, then you'll have to come at about 4 o'clock in the morning! :o)
This area (formerly known as Longacre Square) became Times Square in 1904. Named Times Square after the New York Times building which became the cornerstone of the new district.
Right from the start, Times Square gained a reputation for being flashy and vibrant. Over the years, this area has had its highs and lows. It reached its lows in the 60s, 70s and early 80s. But, starting in the late 80s and early 90s, Time Square was cleaned up (or disneyfied :) ) and was restored to its prior glory. Today, Times Square is a tourist mecca and is vibrant with people going to shows.. shopping or just people watching.
Arriving in the morning:
I would take a cab from LGA (Laguardia Airport) into the city (about $25 with tip). Get dropped off at the Plaza Hotel on the South East corner of Central Park. Grab coffee and a bagel with cream cheese and enjoy some of Central Park in the morning. Wander down 5th avenue and do some window shoppint at some high end stores. Rockefeller Center is at 49th and 5th avenue (10 min walk) After you are done there take a bus down 5th ave and see out the window the Main Library at 42nd street, Empire State Building at 34th St. Then get off at 23rd street. Check out the Flatiron building and see Manhattan Park. This is a great part of NYC. Walk 7 blocks south on Broadway to Union Square. If you like poke your head into ABC carpet on broadway and 20th street and see a real NY treasure of furniture and design. Overpriced but fun to experience and free to look. Continue down broadway to 17th street and then head into Republic, its a Noodle restaurant, very clean and fun and cheap. Have your lunch then wander Union Square a little bit (we hope you have great weather on this day) then get back on a bus on the south side of Union Square on Broadway and continue south, through SoHo, past Chinetown, past the City Hall area and get off at Fulton Stop. Check out the World Trade Center site and maybe go over to wall street. It should be about 2pm by now. Get on the A train at the Broadway/Nassau Stop ( anyone should be able to point you there) that train will take you to JFK in about an hour you would be at your terminal by 3:30 and you will have seen some good part of NYC. If you must see Times Square you can do it but its not that big of a deal.
Buy a $10 metro card at a newpaper vendor near Rock Center and it will give 2 people 3 rides each. Enough for this trip and to get you to the Airtrain at JFK
Times Square in New York is called the crossroad of the world. And this is a good description. Nothing else quite compares with the size, the crowds, the lights, and the feeling you get standing in Times Square. Be prepared for crowds and lots of shoving and pushing as you walk the sidewalks and cross the street. But its all part of the excitement of Times Square.
You can see my head in the bottom of the picture. As usual I look a little awe struck in Times Square. You can also see my good friend Gordon with the hood over his head. It was a cold day when we visited Times Square in this picture taken December 2003.
When visiting New York you should see Times Square both in day and in the evening. Its always busy and always exciting. But there is a change in feeling from the day to the evening. Its hard to explain. You will need to experience it to understand. In the evening when the neon lights brighten up the sky Times Square takes on a magical look and feeling. After experiencing the crowds here on a typical day I can not imagine what it must be like on New Years Eve when the streets are literally filled with millions of people. I think I would be a little overwhelmed.