Times Square, New York City

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Manhattan, NY 10036 (212) 768-1560
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    Discovery Times Square

    by Donna_in_India Written Aug 4, 2013

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    I LOVE this place! I have seen three exhibits here (Terracotta Warriors, Pompeii, & Harry Potter) and enjoyed them all. As different as the first two were from Harry Potter, they were all so well done, educational, and incredibly interesting. I saw Harry Potter with a huge HP fan so that made it more fun. Pompeii - especially the body casts - was just so moving, and seeing the Terracotta Warriors will at Discovery will hold me over until I get to see them in China.

    All exhibits are limited-run and at any time there are at least two exhibits on. You can easily spend a couple of hours at any exhibit. Each exhibit has an interactive/immersive aspect - Pompeii, for example, had a time lapsed movie representation of Vesuvius' explosion (you could feel the rumble) and the sad aftermath.

    I wouldn't hesitate to see any exhibit here. To save some money buy a combo ticket. Another option is to sign up for NYC Groupon (www.groupon.com). The Groupon can save you quite a bit of money.

    To note:

    No strollers, backpacks, etc. allowed but there is a complimentary coat check.
    No photos allowed inside the exhibits.
    On the lower level is a gift shop and a cafe/bakery.
    Audio guides are available for an extra charge.

    Address: 226 West 44th Street

    Directions: 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue

    Phone: 866.987.9692

    Website: http://www.discoverytsx.com/

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    Musicals, on and off Broadway

    by Tijavi Updated Sep 28, 2012

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    I am a great fan of musicals and of course New York is where you find the world's best (or is it London?). While major productions are fantastic and are great entertainment, other less known musicals produced by smaller outfits and staged at smaller venues (technically, 100-499 seats) - "Off-Broadway" as they're called - sometimes offer more than just entertainment. Some have embedded commentaries on social issues, while others could be quite philosophical in their approach.

    Directions: 42nd Street, Brodway & 7th avenue

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    Neon extravaganza

    by Tijavi Updated Sep 28, 2012

    One of New York's most photographed attractions is the neon extravaganza on show on Times Square. These vestiges of capitalism - mainly to lure consumers into consuming more - have become attractions themselves. Of course, the best time to see them would be night time when they're all lit up in there fantastic glory.

    Directions: 42nd Street, Brodway & 7th avenue

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    Walking Times Square

    by WBeall Written Sep 11, 2012

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    This is one experience I absolutely loved! Despite the massive amount of people crowed in one street, all of the tall buildings and lights where a magnificent view and the best picture taking place. If you go to NYC you need to visit Time square at lease one of the nights.

    Address: 42nd Street, Brodway & 7th avenue

    Directions: Times Square

    NYC Taxis around every corner! make sure you stop at a pub and have a pint! Sooo many people
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    Times Square - Crossroads of the World

    by TravellerMel Written Feb 6, 2012

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    At least once in your life, you have to see Times Square. The cacophany of lights and sounds and constant movement can be overwhelming to the senses. There is definitely an energy here - and a sense of familliarity. You've seen it in movies, on tv, in books and magazines, and yes - every New Years Eve you've ever spent with Dick Clark. :-)

    There are restaurants and stores and theatres here, and also the TKTS booth for getting half-price same-day tickets to Broadway shows. It is truly an amazing place to see.

    Address: West 42nd to West 47th Streets

    Directions: 42nd Street, Brodway & 7th avenue

    Website: http://www.timessquare.org

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    Times square

    by Benson35 Written Feb 6, 2012

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    With our hotel being a 5 minute walk from Times Square, this is where I came every morning to read the news with a Starbucks in hand!

    There is so much to see in Times Square! There are souvnir shops, resturants such as Bubba Gump Shrimp and TGI Fridays, the Hershey's shop, Toys 'R' Us, Sephora and much more!
    Of course, there is also the 'naked cowboy'! He is a man wearing a cowboy hat, stood in the middle of Times Square, playing a guitar and singing! There is always a crowd around him and he hasn't got a bad voice either!!
    The building where the 'ball drops' on New Years Eve is situated here and also MTV headquarters where it's not unusual to see crowds stood outside waiting for their idols to enter the building! The New York Police Department is also in Times Square which is lit up so there is no chance of missing it!

    Go at night and see the neon lights of Times Square - brilliant.

    Times Square is also a pick-up/drop-off point for all bus tours of the city.

    Directions: 42nd Street, Brodway & 7th avenue

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    Times Square

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jan 1, 2012

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    Late on evening, I wanted to stretch my legs, so I wandered around the city for a little bit, and landed in Times Square. The area is certainly an assault on the senses - the bright lights and city sounds hit you from the moment you walk into it. There are tons of shopping options (many large stores of places you know - M&M Store, Hershey, etc.) and also places to eat. Perhaps most fun is to just stand to the side and watch the world go by. While I was also there in the morning, it doesn't feel nearly as alive as it does at night.

    Directions: 42nd Street, Brodway & 7th avenue

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    Times Square

    by mickeyboy07 Written Nov 14, 2011

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    Times Square is a major commercial intersection in the borough of Manhattan,at the junction of Broadway and 7th Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th streets.The extended Square also called the 'Theartre District',consists of the blocks between Sixth and Eighth Avenues from east to west,making up the western part of the commercial area of Midtown.
    Formerley named 'Longacre Square'it was renamed in April1904 when the New York Times Newspaper moved it Headquarters to the newly erected Times Building,which is now called one Times Square and is the site of the annual Ball Drop on New Years Eve.The square is famous for its 24 hr neon light advertising and constant news bulletins from around the world including the national deficit clock.Its a popular meeting point for locals and you will find it busy almost all day every day,a real New York City expierience.

    Directions: 42nd Street, Brodway & 7th avenue

    Website: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/

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    Don't be a sucker.

    by StreetSmartSOB Updated Nov 10, 2011

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    If you really have to walk around Times Square, just be aware that this is a haven for street hustlers. Stay around 42nd and 7th thru 52nd and 7th. 8th Ave is sleazy with gangs, peep shows, topless bars, and people trying to get money from you. Port Authority (42nd and 8th Ave) is the worst to walk by. Always some piece of garbage guy standing around observing targets to molest or rub or hustle. My best advice for anyone not from New York City who wants to walk around Times Square is to be aware, don't stare, don't act afraid, be cool and try to act like you've been there and done that. Ignore everyone who approaches you in the street for something. I mean that. Sometimes it's just a trap. Ignore them. You don't have to be nice and smile and say no or yes to whatever it is that they are asking you. Just keep walking and wipe the dirt off your shoulders. Move on. You didn't come here for some lame unfunny comedy club tickets, to donate something for some irresistable cause, to give some bum a dollar or nickel, discuss for an hour of your time about becoming a Jehovah's Witness, buy fake gold, help some bum pretending he needs $3.50 to get home, or fall prey to some BS scheme . Only take a yellow cab. Don't get ripped off (overcharged) by the crooks who drive the town cars. The moment they tell you how incredible and difficult it is to get anywhere without them, give them the ol'Bronx cheer (figuratively speaking). Walk away from them. say "that's okay. no thanks. " They don't need to know your business. Many of these cabbies (even the ones in yellow cabs) ask you questions because they want to feel you out. "Oh so you here on vacation?"- this means if you are, I will take you an extra 12 blocks the wrong way to jack up the price on the meter. "I know a good place, you can go" means -I will drive you all over and around New York not 'cause I'm nice but because I think you are a sucker and I can make a fortune off of you. "oh is this all I get as a tip?" means can I suck up more money out of you even though you've tipped me generously already.

    Address: Times Square

    Directions: 42nd Street-52 st, Broadway to 7th avenue

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    Times Square

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Sep 22, 2011

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    Times Square just screams New York! Having been a temporary resident of Manhattan, I didn't really trek out there much, but when my out-of-state friends came for a visit, Times Square was just one of those touristy sites I had to take them to. It’s so alive and so full of energy and the epitome of the NYC nightlife, but oh man, the foot traffic is simply awful and irritating. Consequently, the only time I ventured out there, aside from showing my friends around was to catch the musicals on Broadway, which you definitely must do if in the city. If you're interested in attending one yourself, find a TKTS booth to purchase discounted tickets for same-day performances.

    Directions: 42nd Street, Broadway & 7th Ave.

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  • Times Square by night

    by Tom400C Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Standing on Times Square for the first time (during the day) I wasn't too impressed. But this place really comes to live at night. I don't know how to describe it. There's this special atmosphere in the evening / night. Is it the bright neon lights?. Whenever I'm in NY my evening walk always includes a visit to Times Square :)

    Directions: 42nd Street, Broadway & 7th avenue

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    by grkboiler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Times Square is tourist hell. But you have to see it once if you have never been to NYC before. The lights are bright and distracting, there are overpriced places to eat, and plenty of souvenir shops and street vendors selling cheap NYC memorabilia. Did I mention it was overcrowded with camera-wielding tourists?

    Directions: 42nd Street, Brodway & 7th avenue

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    The Rejuvenated Light Show District

    by Christophe_Ons Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    -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.

    Address: Midtown Manhattan @ 42nd Str, Broadway & 7th Ave

    Directions: Subway at 42nd / St Times Square - Broadway

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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.

    Address: 1560 Broadway, between 46th and 47th streets

    Directions: 42nd Street, Brodway & 7th avenue

    Phone: (212) 768-1560

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    Times Square

    by virtualpatrick Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Times Square:
    Bright Lights - Big City. Here it is, the center of the theater district and "crossroads of the world". Lots of people. Walk around and you may see the Naked Cowboy, see a pop star at the MTV Studios, a wrestler at WWF Cafe, grab a burger at Planet Hollywood, watch a game at ESPN Sportszone, ride the ferris wheel at the Toy's R Us, and catch the latest headines at the ABC studio and Nasdaq tickers. Most locals avoid Times Square during New Year's Eve since there are alot of out of towners watching the ball drop.

    Queue up at the TKTS booth to catch Broadway shows at half price.

    The Times Square Visitor Center (www.nycvisit.com) is on Broadway between 46th & 47th Sts.

    Directions: 42nd-47th Sts & 7th Ave-Broadway

    Phone: 212-768-1560

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