Times Square, New York City

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    Times Square at Night

    by littlesam1 Written Dec 15, 2003

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    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.

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    Visit Times Square!

    by J.I.M Written Jan 22, 2005

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    Times Square is the incredible central square of Manhattan, named after the once-headquarters of The New York Times. It's abundant with neon lights and advertisements, busy traffic and hundreds of the famous yellow taxis! You should be careful when walking along, in case you get distracted by the many signs! You are constantly reminded, when in New York, of how America always does things "big." I look at Times Square and see Picadilly Circus only super-sized, and American-style!

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    by Dabs Written Jan 30, 2005

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    Sometime during your visit you must go to see Times Square, preferably at night when all the neon and lights are glowing. At one time this was a rather seedy area but when Guiliani became Mayor he cleaned up the neighborhood and now it is safe to visit day or night.

    Times Square, originally known as Longacre Square, was renamed in 1904 when the New York Times built an office building on the site.

    If you watch the New Year's Eve celebration in New York on TV, you have seen Times Square, this is where the giant ball drops at midnight. Other notable things in Times Square include the TKTS discount ticket booth, Madame Tussaud's and the MTV headquarters.

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    Give my regards to Broadway

    by bugalugs Written Jun 12, 2005

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    This is a statue of George M Cohen, I didnt really know anything about him when I was snapping away with my camera which I am ashamed to say. However he was born in Providencem Rhode Island in 1878 to vaudeville parents. He wrote over 40 musicals and plays. Even I know some of his songs namely 'Give my regards to Broadway' and 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'. He died in 1942 of cancer. The statue was placed here in 1958 in his memory.

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    Times Square

    by clairegeordio Updated May 3, 2004

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    Times Square is great as it is so colourful with so much to see! It is a must to visit both day and night. I was staying in a hotel just off Times Squre, the Milford Plaza. Any time of day Times Square is full of people though, so avoid if you don't like crowds! The restaurants on Times Square are ok, nothing special, many diner-type places such as TGI Fridays. Please look at my travelogues for photos of Times Square at night.

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    Times Square

    by kazander Updated Oct 26, 2004

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    When I asked my boyfriend what he thought was a "must see" in New York City, he said Times Square. I'm not sure it would've been my first choice, but I guess when you really think about it it is somewhat impressive. A bustling square with so many lights and things going on, it's like a sensory overload.
    In season, you might see the now famous "Naked Cowboy"

    The TKTS office is also located here. This is the place to go for great prices on Broadway shows. You'll know exactly where it is just by following the long line of people!

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    Time Square, New York defined

    by seamandrew Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If there is anything New York is famous for is it's bustling crowds, it's musicals, it's bright lights, and of course, a city that never sleeps! Well Times Square epitomizes this to the fullest. In fact, the only time Times Square is ever quiet is just before morning rush hour. Otherwise, it is one of New York's busiest spots. Pedestrian traffic and automobile traffic for one, musicals, restaurants, hotels, shops, you name it. No trip to New York is complete without a stop at Times Square.

    Be sure to visit the Visitors Center at Times Square for more information about the Square and about New York.

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    Times Square

    by 1Ailsa Written Apr 7, 2004

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    Times Square is such a buzz, its usually packed with people rushing around snapping pictures! every second shop Is tourist gift shop which are always good fun and well priced, Also other shops for electronic goods have massive sales!!
    There are some really nice burger bars scattered around times square which are a must, if you can handle American sized portion!! Times Square at night is even better everything lit up so it’s hardly dark atoll, just a magical feeling. If you get a restaurant in Times Square make sure you get a good table so you can see out, it’s great!

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    City of Light

    by pure1942 Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    Times Square is located at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and reaches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets in the New york borough of Manhattan. Times Square is one of the most recognisable New York landmarks and is a sight familiar all around the world.
    The square is instsntly recognisable from it's hoards of bright neon advertising boards which might sound gaudy but actually make an amazing sight in their own. the area is a huge commercial area with shops and restaurants stretching along it's lenght.
    Times square used to be known as Longacre Square but was renamed Times Square after the The New York Times which was based at One Times Square.
    On New Year's Eve a huge crowd descends on Times Square to countdown to midnight when a giant ball drops from One Times Square to signal the start of a new year.

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    Times Square Information Center

    by starship Updated May 24, 2010

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    There is so much to do and see in the Times Square area that you might need help, and a good way to manage it all is to start with a visit to the "Times Square Information Center."

    Located in the former Embassy Theater, this Times Square Information Center is a great place to pick up maps, brochures on attractions, information about restaurants, transportation, and have your questions about the Times Square, or New York City. You can also purchase tickets here for Broadway shows, and book Gray Line/Circle Line bus tours. Consider joining a "Times Square Exposé Free Walking Tour" which meets on Fridays at Noon for a "free, behind-the-scenes walking tour of Times Square. Visit historic theatres, new sites, and the best of the neighborhood during this walking tour through the Crossroads of the World." This tour is offered by the Times Square Alliance. This is one of several great opportunities for tourists whose budgets will not allow for more expensive tours.

    At the Visitor's Center you may also find coupons or discount offers for restaurants and attractions in addition to all those brochures. Don't forget to get to purchase souvenirs from your trip to New York City at the visitor's center as well--books, posters, memorabilia, magnets, postcards, etc.

    The Visitor's Center is located on 7th Avenue between 46 & 47th Street.
    Open Monday - Friday from 9am to 7pm
    Saturdays & Sundays from 8am to 8pm.

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    The Thrill of Times Square

    by rmdw Written Aug 23, 2003

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    Standing in the middle of Times Square, one can't stop thinking you're in the middle of the Universe!

    It seems to be busy nearly 24 hours a day.

    If you've never been then no words can adequately describe the sights & sounds you'll experience.

    Well worth seeing!

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    Best (almost) Free Thing #11: Yee-ha

    by goodfish Updated Mar 20, 2009

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    And now, as the Pythons would say, for something completely different...

    Robert John Burck, AKA The Naked Cowboy™, has been a fixture in Times Square for years and has made a business as tidy as the whities he wears of providing photo ops of his exceedingly ripped physique for his adoring (need I say, female?) fans. Ladies, $2 gets you a snap each of pecs and glutes. And as he's insane enough to strut his package even in the dead of winter, I would say he probably deserves it. OK, so he's not REALLY naked but he looks like he COULD be if you get your first eyeful from the front, with his guitar strategically placed over his, um, naughty-bits region. Hilarious.

    The Cowboy has his own website, and also recently expanded his repertoire by becoming an ordained minister. For a mere 500 smackers, he'll officiate your nuptials - in the middle of Time's Square. I'm very sure the NYPD just loves the traffic hairballs THAT creates but it beats the Elvis Chapel. He might even provide some music although I never saw him actually play that six-string - not that any red-blooded woman with a pulse really cares. He was, alas, a failed contestant in season #1 of American Idol so maybe it's best he be seen and not heard?

    I will admit, I took these shots with a zoom, from the safety of the curb, before I knew about the required fee so Dude, I'll get'cha next time.

    See? He looks nekkid... ... but he's not - quite.
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    by Nixter01 Updated Feb 18, 2004

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    This is a great place to visit and to find out if you have any long lost ancestors. Unfortunately for I did not.. But never the less it was very interesting, and eerie, to think of all those people that had come to America in search of a new life.. I wonder what and where their offspring are today ? ?

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    Toys R Us

    by geanster Updated Aug 18, 2003

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    This was one of the most amazing toy store's I've ever stepped foot into. There were massive Lego sculptures of everything from the Empire State Building to the characters of the Harry Potter books, a more than life-sized Barbie's dream house front and a working ferris wheel. A must-see for the kids and kids-at-heart.

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    Times Square "the heart of New York"

    by Vintom Written Aug 14, 2003

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    Times Square does not look that good in the damp greyness of a wet New York morning, with just a few of the bright neon lights on, you don’t get the real feel for the place. In fact it looks just like any other busy city centre in the rain, but come the night time this place takes on an atmosphere all of it’s own.

    You will find on any visit to New York that Times Square will be a place you see a lot of.
    it takes time to appreciate it all, in fact you can overlook a lot of it's better points. Take the time to discover the area, you won't be dissapointed.

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