Fodor's Expert Review Times Square

Midtown West Neighborhood/Street
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Hands down, this is the most energetic part of New York City, a cacophony of flashing lights and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds that many New Yorkers studiously avoid. Originally named after the New York Times (whose headquarters have since relocated to 8th Avenue), the area has seen many changes since the first subway line, which included a 42nd Street station, opened in 1904. While the area was once a bastion of the city's unseemly side, today it's a vibrant, family-friendly destination with pedestrian stretches that have lined Broadway Plaza with tables, chairs, and granite benches. There’s no longer a visitor center, but you can drop by the official NYC Information Center, a movable kiosk (usually located at West 44th Street) with maps, brochures, coupons, and a bilingual staff.

The focus of the entertainment may have shifted over the years, but showtime is still the heart of Midtown's theater scene, and there are 40 Broadway theaters nearby. Learn about Broadway's history... READ MORE

Hands down, this is the most energetic part of New York City, a cacophony of flashing lights and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds that many New Yorkers studiously avoid. Originally named after the New York Times (whose headquarters have since relocated to 8th Avenue), the area has seen many changes since the first subway line, which included a 42nd Street station, opened in 1904. While the area was once a bastion of the city's unseemly side, today it's a vibrant, family-friendly destination with pedestrian stretches that have lined Broadway Plaza with tables, chairs, and granite benches. There’s no longer a visitor center, but you can drop by the official NYC Information Center, a movable kiosk (usually located at West 44th Street) with maps, brochures, coupons, and a bilingual staff.

The focus of the entertainment may have shifted over the years, but showtime is still the heart of Midtown's theater scene, and there are 40 Broadway theaters nearby. Learn about Broadway's history and architecture with a one-hour walking tour ($50) by Manhattan Walking Tours (www.manhattanwalkingtour.com); or join the two-hour guided Inside Broadway tour ($35; daily at 4 pm www.insidebroadwaytours.com) that leaves from the George M. Cohan statue at West 46th Street and Broadway.

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Broadway between 42nd and 48th Sts.
New York, New York  10036, USA

212-768–1560-for Times Square Alliance

www.timessquarenyc.org

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