Times Square in New York City is a place like no other. This famous intersection has earned the nickname “Crossroads of the World” and is one of New York City’s most popular tourist attractions.
In many ways, standing in the middle of Times Square New York City really does feel like being in the center of it all.
Scrolling tickers report the world’s latest news and stock quotes. Jumpotrons flash giant illuminated ads for companies like Coca-Cola, Toshiba, and Samsung. Taxis fly by. People crowd every street corner. There is so much going on, it’s hard to take it all in.
Times Square in New York City truly embodies the “city that never sleeps” notion. Some times of the day are calmer than others but this place is “on” 24 hours/day.
Even for people who find Times Square a bit much for the senses, it’s worth visiting this energetic hub, if only briefly.
Because of its location in the middle of the Theatre District of Midtown Manhattan, a walk through Times Square can easily be combined with going to see a Broadway Show.
The TKTS booth is located in the middle of Times Square. Besides being a great place to buy discounted Broadway tickets, the glass “bleacher style” staircase above the TKTS booth provides one of the best views of Times Square. Climb the 27 steps for a panoramic view of the area. Accessing the stairs is permitted until 1 a.m.
Times Square is now more pedestrian friendly! The city recently closed down Broadway from 42nd to 47th Streets to make a pedestrian plaza that has tables and chairs. You can now sit down to enjoy a moment’s rest (if rest is possible in Times Square) or have a snack.
It’s more photography friendly too. You no longer have to stand in the middle of traffic to get a great shot!
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Dining near Times Square
Times Square has many restaurants, including familiar chains. Because of the large number of tourists in this area, the prices can be high.
Instead of eating in the immediate vicinity of Times Square, we recommend walking west two blocks to Ninth Avenue. This avenue, in the area known as Hell’s Kitchen, is lined with cute and reasonable restaurants.
Times Square is located in the Midtown area of Manhattan and is centered around the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue.
The closest subway station is Times Square – 42nd Street (N, R, Q, S, 7, 1, 2, and 3 trains). The 42nd Street – Port Authority station (A, C, and E trains) and the 42nd Street – Bryant Park station (B, D, F, and M trains) are a short walk away.