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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.

When you think about what is one of the most iconic sights in New York what comes to mind? Well, Times Square of course! It is probably one of the first places that visitors want to see when they get to New York. It is always crowded, filled with a colorful cast of characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, The Statue of Liberty, Spiderman and the Naked Cowboy!

Times Square New York is at the junction of Seventh Avenue, Broadway and 42nd Street and is often referred to as the “crossroads of the world.” On average, over 300,000 pass through Times Square every day and on the busiest days almost a half-million people visit Times Square!

Why is it called Times Square anyway? Back in 1904, the New York Times newspaper moved there at the time of the opening of the subway at 42nd Street. The building where the Times was then located is now One Times Square, the location of the annual New Year's Eve ball drop. The first New Year’s Eve celebration was held in Times Square starting in 1907 and continues to attract in excess of a million visitors a year. Did you know that the New Year’s Eve ball is made of Waterford Crystal? It weighs almost 12,000 pounds and is made up of nearly 2,700 crystal panels. The ball is weatherproof and is displayed year round on top of the One Times Square building. The New York Times newspaper is no longer located in Times Square, but they are still nearby on Eighth Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets in a building designed by well-known architect Renzo Piano.

One of the places that you should definitely visit in Times Square is the TKTS discount booth. Under the red bleachers (which are a great spot to grab a seat and do some people watching) you can buy theater tickets at discounts of up to 50% off regular ticket prices. You can purchase tickets in the afternoon (starting at 3 pm, 2 pm on Tuesdays) for evening performances and in the morning (starting at 10 am, 11 am on Sundays) for matinee performances.

In 2009, the pedestrianization of Times Square began on a trial basis. The objective was to ease traffic in the area and to cut down on pollution. The experiment was a success and in 2010, it was announced that the pedestrian plazas would be made permanent. The fact that so much of Times Square is a pedestrian area makes it a great place to stroll around, check out the souvenir shops, go to one of the many Times Square restaurants, see a play and check out all the amazing billboards. At night when everything is illuminated, and the neon is glowing, Times Square is an unforgettable sight!

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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This page was edited by Steven Thomas