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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Manhattan, NY 10036, USA

Opening Hours

24 hours

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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"Visit Times Square late at night or very early in the morning to avoid the overwhelming crowds and really appreciate the neon spectacle; and for a unique perspective, grab a bite at a nearby rooftop bar to see the hustle of the square from above."

What is Times Square?

Times Square is a buzzing metropolis of lights, energy, and activity, located at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets in New York City. It's not just a square, it's a cultural phenomenon, a symbol of the Big Apple, and known as "The Crossroads of the World." Here, digital billboards light up the night sky, street performers dazzle passersby, and the pulse of the city is felt with every heartbeat. This is where the world gathers to celebrate New Year's Eve, where the ball drops and a million voices join to welcome the promise of a new year.

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History of Times Square

It all began in 1904 when the New York Times moved its headquarters to the then-named Longacre Square. The square was subsequently renamed to Times Square to honor the newspaper. Over the years, Times Square saw its highs and lows, evolving from the glamorous theater district of the 1920s to a less savory neighborhood in the 1960s and 1970s. A massive clean-up and revitalization effort in the 1990s transformed it into the tourist-friendly, entertainment-packed destination it is today. In my lifetime, I've witnessed the rebirth of this iconic space as it has become a beacon of New York City's resilience and dynamism.

Why is Times Square Important?

Times Square's significance stretches beyond its physical boundaries. Its impact is global; it's a media hub, a stage for massive cultural events, and a bustling commercial area. Billions of eyes watch the New Year's Eve ball drop, an event that has become synonymous with Times Square itself. The area is important for the city's economy too, as it houses the Broadway Theater District and attracts over 50 million visitors annually. For many, Times Square is New York City in microcosm – fast-paced, bold, and endlessly vibrant.

Things to Do & See at Times Square

Visitors to Times Square can experience a whirlwind of activities. Take a moment to gaze at the colossal billboards and let the neon lights wash over you. Catch a Broadway show or explore the multitude of shops, from the flagship M&M's World to the Disney Store. Delight in the street performances, which can range from breakdancing groups to costumed characters. And for a unique view, ascend to the top of the red stairs above the TKTS booth – a perfect vantage point for people-watching and spectacular city views.

  • Witness the New Year's Eve ball drop, a century-old tradition.
  • Explore the many theaters showcasing both long-running classics and groundbreaking new shows.
  • Take the behind-the-scenes Broadway tour and learn about the artistry and history of theater in Times Square.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Times Square known for?

Times Square is known for its bustling atmosphere, bright neon lights, billboards, and as a hub for Broadway theaters. It's also famous for the annual New Year's Eve ball drop.

How can I get to Times Square?

Times Square is easily accessible by subway, bus, and taxi. The most common subway lines that stop near Times Square are the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, and W lines.

Are there any free activities to do in Times Square?

Yes, you can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, people-watch, visit the red steps at the TKTS booth, and see the 'Midnight Moment' which is a monthly digital art exhibition on the electronic billboards.

What are the best times to visit Times Square?

Times Square is an all-day attraction, but it's particularly lively in the evening when the lights and billboards are fully illuminated. It's less crowded early in the morning.

Are there guided tours available for Times Square?

Yes, there are various guided walking tours that include Times Square, providing historical insights and highlighting key features of the area.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Manhattan, NY 10036, USA

Opening Hours

24 hours

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

Find it on google maps