Times Square is famed for its digital billboards, New Year's Eve celebrations, grand Broadway theaters and dazzling neon lights. Pulsing crowds make their way through the square 24 hours a day in the city that never sleeps, walking to catch a famed musical, conduct business in the financial capital, or eat along Restaurant Row where global establishments stand side by side. Ranked as one of the world's top visitor attractions, Times Square hosts dozens of famous sites, historic buildings, movie and television shoots, and nearby hotels and amenities of every stripe. The bustling heart of Manhattan, New York, is a maze for different tastes and budgets to investigate.
The most famous intersection in the world is the meeting place for Broadway, Seventh Avenue and West 42nd through West 47th streets. Top attractions include entertainment destinations like Radio City Music Hall, “The Great White Way” and the Ed Sullivan Theater, home of David Letterman's and Stephen Colbert's TV shows. Here are some of the Square's highlights…
Diners can rock their senses with food, drinks and memorabilia from great rock-and-roll legends like Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley, Nirvana and The Beatles. Modern artists are also represented in this 708-seat restaurant, while the 1,800-square-foot Rock Shop is the place to pick up souvenirs, and private events can be booked for the outdoor dining space above the building's marquee.
New York City stores in Times Square include M&Ms World at 48th Street—a chocolate-lover's dream world—and Toys R Us at 45th Street, where Lego constructions of Tyrannosaurus Rex and other Jurassic Park dinosaurs delight visitors. The Disney Store provides kids with trademark Disney magic, including interactive magic mirrors and movie clips of classic animated films.
Located just east of Times Square on 42nd Street, the NYC library boasts the famous lion statues Patience and Fortitude at the entrance to the ornate Beaux-Arts building. Bryant Park, which abuts the rear of the library, offers a French carousel, art shows and festivals throughout the year, as well as the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival.
The world's most famous theater district, Broadway's 40 venues with over 500 seats each serve as a barometer of theatrical success. New York visitors can save money by getting tickets from individual theater box offices, or at the Visitors Center in Times Square.
Temperatures in New York City are seasonal, but with each variation comes fresh appeal. In the fall, comfortable temperatures and holiday decorations transform Times Square into a wonderland. Spring is magnificent with fashion shows, outdoor markets, open-air dining and signature events. Summers are hot, when street festivals and exciting nightlife are key attractions. Even the coldest months of winter offer advantages for travelers, because hotel rates drop and crowds diminish slightly.
Times Square hotels offer every kind of amenity and price, from budget-conscious accommodations to luxurious penthouse suites overlooking the revelry and excitement of the neighborhood. Inexpensive-to-moderate hotels include The Time Hotel, Wellington Hotel, Doubletree Guest Suites and The Westin New York. Indulgent hotels in Times Square range from The Algonquin, Plaza Hotel, Renaissance, Intercontinental and Hotel Sofitel to the Waldorf-Astoria - a beautiful hotel where the grand Tower Suites even have their own entrance.
You can get to Times Square easily from any of the five boroughs of New York City, or from New Jersey, Connecticut and the surrounding suburbs by train, the Long Island Railroad, shuttle, subway, taxi or bus. La Guardia Airport (LGA), JFK International (JFK), and Newark Airport (EWR) have shuttle services, parking lots, rental cars and an AirTrain service.
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