Must-See Times Square
by nycgo.com staff, 12/25/2012
Times Square aerial photo by Jen Davis • TKTS kiosk photo by Marley White
Times Square remains one of New York City's most beloved attractions. The neighborhood, which stretches from 42nd to 47th Streets, from Broadway to Seventh Avenue, and spills out into the surrounding area, hosts more than 39 million visitors per year. It's easy to understand why: the "Crossroads of the World" is home to Broadway theaters, the annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop and, of course, those famous billboards—plus much, much more. Named for The New York Times, whose 1 Times Square address served as the newspaper's headquarters from 1904 to 1913, the area is now an entertainment district and business hub, serviced by one of the busiest subway stations in the world. During the latter half of the 20th century, the neighborhood turned seedy, but over the past two decades it has become a safe, family-friendly destination that no visitor will want to miss. In this slideshow, we've collected tips on what to see, where to shop, what to eat and even insider info on some of the many colorful characters waiting to be discovered on its streets. For more information, read on.