Times Square is New York's ode to commercialism. There are probably any places on Earth that is more filled with advertisements, corporate logos and all other commercial paraphernalia.
If you like that, Times Square is just the place for you. You can stare the endless rows and columns of blinking lights, news and stock information flashing on the walls, advertisements of all kinds and generally feeling being fast-forwarded in life.
Besides the lights, Times Square has a plethora of shops and restaurants to spend some time and money. Most of them are part of a chain, so don't expect to see anything too special. The shops, however, have focused a lot in showing off and some of them are really worth of visit.
I have to admit, I spend more time walking around and taking in all of the lights and bustle than I do actually participating in the fun when I'm in New York. Times Square is a must see for anyone in New York City... I never miss it! New York gets the reputation for being the city that never sleeps from this jumbo intersection alone I think! Unless you look up, you don't even notice when the sum goes down and the lights take over.
If you are lucky and in-season you may even get to run into the Naked Cowboy! He's a landmark all on his own by now, and can usually be found in the center of the square, donning no more than his guitar, boots, hat, and Fruit of the Looms. I can't vouch for whether or not he is a good singer though, his time is usually taken up with striking a pose for cameras and with tourists.
I've never seen so much traffic in my life - both foot and car! Times Square is hopping all day, every day!!! And the best time to go is at night when everything is lit up. Lots of shops, restaurants and bars line both sides of Broadway so if you can actually get in the door to something, there's plenty to do...or else you can just walk up and down and check out the people!
This square is where N yorkers celebrates all new years...Times Square, the most bustling square of New York is known for its many Broadway theatres, cinemas and supersigns. It is one of those places that make New York a city that never sleeps.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.
In the 1980's redevelopment proposals were submitted, with little result. This changed a decade later, when the Walt Disney Company opened a Disney store on Times Square. This attracted more family-friendly businesses to the area, leading to a so-called 'Disneyfication'.The area is - like most of New York City - a lot safer now than in the early nineties and is once again a magnet for tourists and a center of New York's social scene.
I liked Times Square back in the old days when you had to navegate W. 42nd between Seventh and Eighth Aves with the drug sellers, prostitutes, pimps and X-rated movies. Now it's out of Disney and it stinks. It has no redeeming factors except that it's "Times Square." Everyone from out-of-town mentions this as the thing they must do. There is nothing good about the location except the proximity to the theatre. If you're wowed by lots of mind boggling, flashing lights and crowds, then this is for you. It is like San Marco Piazza in Venice but without the pigeons (a plus). The restaurants are generally chains, so there is nothing distinictive about them. Restaurant Row has more character but the food is not up to par either because they can get away with it.
The stores are all selling junk and tourist things and they are not cheap. I had to kill an hour there last week before a show started and I couldn't find anything to do.
Check out the article on the Carter Hotel in the New York Times--it is a classic!
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.
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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I lucked out and manage to squeeze through the crowds to see the live NFL Kickoff Concert at Time Square. The concert had Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Alisha, Eve and others offering a free show to the masses. It was an amazing experience!
Times Square is one of the most touristy areas of NYC and, despite attempts to
"clean up" the area, it remains on of the most gawdy. The area is almost always a mass of people, mostly tourists, moving in slow motion under larger than life billboards and lights, past shops, fast food restaurants and panhandlers and in queues outside the theatres. It is loud, overcrowded and obnoxious in many respects. But don't leave New York without visiting it.
Want to be in the middle of action when the ball drops? Plan to stay in the times square area all day on new years eve. Pick your spot around 5:00 and stay there! Yes it sounds early but its a sure way to e in the action. One year I didn't get down to the square untill 9:00, all the streets from the middle up to central park were blicked by police becuase the streeats were already filled with people!!!
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.
When in NYC, dont miss the Naked Cowboy, who has been serenading the girls with his naked 3 chord riffs since God knows when...
Usually out in the middle of the intersection somewhere in Time Square... (Always a favourite with the girls, I suppose....)