Times Square

Location: According to Wikipedia, Times Square is located in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets.

Flashing neon lights and giant digital billboards. Brilliant Broadway marquees. Costumed characters and musicians. Time Square is big, bright and unforgettable. Its main junction is filled with popular retailers—plus the TKTS discount booth, which offers up to 50 percent off theater tickets. Walk to the top of its red steps—you may know them from the "Empire State of Mind" video—for a sweeping view of the area. People-watchers will love the pedestrian-only zones furnished with tables and chairs.

Time Square New York is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination and entertainment center at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as "The Crossroads of the World" and "The Center of the Universe.” Times Square is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, approximately 330,000 people pass through Times Square daily, many of them tourists, while over 460,000 pedestrians walk through Times Square on its busiest days amounting to over 131 million visitors a year. As of 2013, it had a greater attendance than each of the Disney theme parks worldwide!

Excluding residents, Times Square is the world's second most visited tourist attraction, behind the Las Vegas Strip. The high level of pedestrian traffic has resulted in $4.8 billion in annual retail, entertainment and hotel sales, with 22 cents out of every dollar spent by visitors in New York City being spent within Times Square including Times Square restaurants.

Times Square was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times newspaper moved its headquarters to the then newly erected Times Building – now One Times Square – the site of the annual New Year's Eve ball drop which began on December 31, 1907, and continues today, attracting over a million visitors to Times Square every year. However, for the millennium celebration on December 31, 1999, published reports stated approximately two million people overflowed Times Square, flowing from 6th Avenue to 8th Avenue and all the way back on Broadway and Seventh Avenues to 59th Street, making it the largest gathering in Times Square since August 1945 during celebrations marking the end of World War II.

In 2009, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that traffic lanes along Broadway from 42nd Street to 47th Street would be de-mapped starting Memorial Day 2009 and transformed into pedestrian plazas as a trial until the end of the year. The goal was to ease traffic congestion, with the results to be closely monitored to determine the success of the project and if it should be extended. Bloomberg believed the street shutdown would make New York more livable by reducing pollution, cutting down on pedestrian-vehicle accidents and helping traffic flow more smoothly. The pedestrian plaza project was originally opposed by local businesses, who thought that closing the street to cars would hurt business. Although the plaza had mixed results on traffic in the area, injuries to motorists and pedestrians decreased, fewer pedestrians were walking in the road, and the number of pedestrians in Times Square increased. In February 2010, Bloomberg announced that the pedestrian plazas would become permanent.

Many of our tours go through Times Square including: The Downtown Tour, The Uptown Tour, The Night Tour and the Bronx Tour. You can’t miss!!

 

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