This is the one attraction in New York City you will not want to miss! Huge neon billboards, unique street performers, and Broadway theaters draw over 37 million tourists to Times Square every year, while 500,000 people come to Times Square on New Year’s Eve alone.
Known as the Crossroads of the World, Times Square is located where Broadway and 7th Ave intersect at 42nd St. More than 30 Broadway theaters are located between Broadway & 8th Ave from 41nd St to 53nd St. A growing number of Off-Broaday theaters can be found along 42nd St west of 8th Ave.
Bus: M6, M7, M10, M20, M27, M42, M50, M104
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Hours: Here’s where you’ll truly witness The City That Never Sleeps.
When the Metropolitan Opera House opened at 39th St & Broadway in 1883, it drew lavish theaters and restaurants to the area. Before the New York Times moved here in 1905, the area, was known as Longacre Square – a center for livery stables and harness makers. The American Horse Exchange remained at 50th St & Broadway, the present site of the Winter Garden Theater, until 1910).
During the 1920’s movie palaces added the glamor of neon to Broadway. In 1928, the New York Times erected a 25-story tower with the world’s first moving electronic sign to post news.
After World War II, the popularity of these movie houses waned and sleaze replaced the glitter. During the 1990s, the peep shows and X-rated movie houses were closed and a redevelopment program has brought the public and bright lights back to the area.
The first Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration was held in 1904, since 1907 — the year of the first Ball Lowering celebration — the tradition of the Ball Lowering in Times Square has become a universal symbol of welcoming the New Year. The Ball Lowering is held atop One Times Square, formerly The New York Times building that was constructed in 1904.
The Times Square Visitors Center, located between 46th and 47th Streets, is open daily from 8 am to 8 pm. There you can pick up free city information, book a tour of Manhattan, purchase metro tickets, stamps, and tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows from the Broadway Ticket Center. Alternatively, you can visit the Times Square TKTS Booth for discounted same-day theater tickets.
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Every Friday at Noon the Times Square BID offers a free, behind-the-scenes walking tour of Times Square. The tour leaves from the Times Square Visitors Center, 1560 Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets. For more information, visit www.timessquarebid.org.
For more information about Times Square restaurants, hotels, theaters, and special events; call (212) 768-1560 or visit the Times Square Visitors Center located at 1560 Broadway, between 46th and 47th Streets (open 8:00am 8:00pm daily).
Nearby Places of Interest:
- ABC Times Square Studios (Good Morning America)
- Condi Nast Building
- Madame Tussaud’s New York
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not
- Broadway Walking Tours
- Central Park Bike Tour
- Top Double Decker Bus Tours
- MTV Headquarters
- NASDAQ Headquarters
- New Amsterdam Theater
- New York Times Headquarters
- NYC & Company (Convention & Visitors Bureau)
- Paramount Building
- Port Authority Bus Terminal
- Shubert Alley
- TKTS (Discount Ticket Booth
- Theater District