Times Square Guide

Times Square is one of the most famous areas of New York City, and it’s certainly easy to see why. The iconic neon lights shine 24/7, the area’s bustling activity is infectious, and it’s where the famous ball drops each New Year’s Eve. Located in midtown,  the neighborhood is the center of all things Broadway as well as a popular shopping location.

 

Times Square is a major hub of the city’s tourism industry, but that wasn’t always the case. The neighborhood got its name in 1904, when the New York Times moved its headquarters to the square. The first New Year’s Eve ball drop ceremony was held that same year, laying the groundwork for decades of celebration and tradition.

 

The live performance industry first flocked to Times Square in the early 1900s. Vaudeville shows thrived, celebrities regularly starred in theatre productions, and successful film theatre’s quickly followed. But as the economy shifted in the ‘60’s and ‘70s, Times Square’s main industry switched to adult shows, shops, and films. For many years, the area was considered dangerous and unapproachable.

 

Fortunately, in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, the neighborhood was revitalized and became much safer. As New York City on the whole made a comeback to a safer, more economically successful city, Times Square returned to its vibrant roots. Today’s the neighborhood is a space where you can joyfully bring your family to take in the bright lights, catch a Broadway show, do some shopping, or experience a tour.

 

What To See In Times Square And Midtown

  • Broadway Theatre’s, as well as Shubert Alley and Theater Row (check out the TKTS booth, also in Times Square, for discounted tickets)
  • Duffy Square’s Bright Red Steps
  • The Times Square Museum and Visitor Center
  • The Ride Bus Tour
  • Bryant Park
  • The New York Public Library
  • Grand Central Station
  • The Chrysler Building
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • The Empire State Building
  • ABC Studios
  • The Museum of Modern Art
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Times Square is one of the most famous areas of New York City, and it’s certainly easy to see why. The iconic neon lights shine 24/7, the area’s bustling activity is infectious, and it’s where the famous ball drops each New Year’s Eve. Located in midtown,  the neighborhood is the center of all things Broadway as well as a popular shopping location.

 

Times Square is a major hub of the city’s tourism industry, but that wasn’t always the case. The neighborhood got its name in 1904, when the New York Times moved its headquarters to the square. The first New Year’s Eve ball drop ceremony was held that same year, laying the groundwork for decades of celebration and tradition.

 

The live performance industry first flocked to Times Square in the early 1900s. Vaudeville shows thrived, celebrities regularly starred in theatre productions, and successful film theatre’s quickly followed. But as the economy shifted in the ‘60’s and ‘70s, Times Square’s main industry switched to adult shows, shops, and films. For many years, the area was considered dangerous and unapproachable.

 

Fortunately, in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, the neighborhood was revitalized and became much safer. As New York City on the whole made a comeback to a safer, more economically successful city, Times Square returned to its vibrant roots. Today’s the neighborhood is a space where you can joyfully bring your family to take in the bright lights, catch a Broadway show, do some shopping, or experience a tour.

 

What To See In Times Square And Midtown

  • Broadway Theatre’s, as well as Shubert Alley and Theater Row (check out the TKTS booth, also in Times Square, for discounted tickets)
  • Duffy Square’s Bright Red Steps
  • The Times Square Museum and Visitor Center
  • The Ride Bus Tour
  • Bryant Park
  • The New York Public Library
  • Grand Central Station
  • The Chrysler Building
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • The Empire State Building
  • ABC Studios
  • The Museum of Modern Art

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