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Ultimate Times Square Guide

by staff, 02/02/2015 [Updated 05/22/2015]

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  • Introduction
    Nothing can prepare you for the sensory overload the first time you step into Times Square. The sidewalks are filled with a tremendous concentration of humanity—roughly 300,000 pedestrians pass through every day—and the intersection's high-wattage marquees ensure that it's always bright, even late at night. 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. It's the place to catch the famous New Year's Eve ball drop, the glittery shows on Broadway and an array of other attractions. 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. — staff

    Where it is: Times Square proper encompasses 42nd to 47th Streets, from Broadway to Seventh Avenue, but the neighborhood extends from around 40th to 53rd Streets, between Sixth and Eighth Avenues.

    How to get there: Take the 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, R, Q or 42nd Street Shuttle to Times Square-42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station.

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