Times Square is the emblem of the city of New York and it is unthinkable to leave the Big Apple without being overwhelmed by its chaotic vortex of neon lights and huge billboards and having slipped into the frantic comings and goings of the millions of people who pass through here every day.
Times Square is not really a square, but identifies the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and extends from West 42nd Street to West 47th Street. An exciting mix of technology, confusion, advertising, speeding taxis and pure magic. The feeling of being in a movie is inevitable.
Are you planning a trip to New York? So here's everything you need to know about a visit to Times Square: How to get there, prices and advice!
- Where is it and how to get there
- Hours and prices
- Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- What to see and how to visit Times Square
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Where is it and how to get there
- On foot: taking into account that the nearby traffic can be really heavy, it may be a good idea to walk to Times Square; it is a nerve center and central point of the city, and you will often pass by here - Get directions
- By bus: the bus lines that stop in Time Square are the M6, M7, M10 M20, M27, M42 and M104; buses are subject to the intense flow of vehicles passing through this area of the city; a single ride costs $ 2,50 (approximately € 2,30)
- By metro: the main station in the Trafalgar Square area is 42nd St. Times Square; the lines that pass through here are 1, 2, 3 of the red line, 7 of the purple line and N, Q, R of the yellow line; a single ride costs $ 2,75 (approximately € 2,50)
Hours and prices
- always accessible
- Best time to avoid queues: you will always find people, at any time of day or night; early in the morning can be a good time to visit it with more tranquility
Tours, guided tours and tickets online
What to see and how to visit Times Square
On this legendary square the shops of the most famous and famous brands overlook it, restaurants and pubs by names known throughout the world e some of the most interesting and particular museums in the city. Along with some "particular" characters. Here are the things to see and do near Times Square:
Practically every major brand also has its headquarters in Times Square. Fashion enthusiasts can find Levi's, Billabong, Foot Locker or Oackley here. Traveling families can't miss the Disney Store and the M & M's World candy universe. Those who love the world of beauty and make-up will lose themselves among the big Sephora, MAC or L'Occitane stores.
Being present with its own store in this nerve center of the city is one of the most popular in the world a must for any brand that wants to be successful.
Popular restaurants and clubs
Even foodies have something to indulge in here, and sometimes more than for the food itself, the huge clubs of Times Square attract with their glorious fame: a lunch or dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe or alternatively, a stop at Planet Hollywood or Bubba Gump Shrimp & Co.
The omnipresent Starbucks has its headquarters here, together with more well-known realities in America such as Junior's, an American diner. If you want a lunch with a view, you can book a table at The View restaurant.
In the heart of New York one of the main locations of the Wax Museum could not be missing: here you can admire more than 200 wax statues, maniacally faithful to reality, depicting world celebrities from the world of music, sport, cinema and entertainment or famous for any reason. If you dream of meeting Abraham Lincoln, having a chat with Einstein or admiring the ethereal beauty of Hollywood stars, this is the place. The museum is open every day from 9:00 to 22:00 and admission costs € 27,00
E if you're intrigued by the world's quirks and oddities, drop by Ripley's Believe It or Not!, halfway between a museum and an amusement park, it collects everything, whether extravagant, grotesque or unusual. From a tuft of Elvis' hair, to the cast of an albino giraffe, passing through a labyrinth of laser beams: let yourself be pleasantly confused by the guests of this bizarre museum. Open Monday, Tuesday and Sunday from 10:00 to 23:00 and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 1:00, admission costs € 23,00.
Theaters and shows
Times Square it is located right in the heart of what is called the Theater District, a true paradise for theater lovers. It is possible to choose from an infinity of shows, musicals and performances, with a schedule that varies throughout the year, leaving some super classics always on stage, such as The Phantom of the Opera or The Lion King.
Among the most famous historical theaters, the oldest is the Belasco Theater, built by the impresario David Belasco in the early 900s. If you want to see your favorite musical, stop by the TKTS ticket office, where you can find last minute discounted tickets for the day of the show. The TKTS box offices were born in 1973 with the dual objective of giving the possibility to go to the theater even to those who could not afford it and to be able to fill the halls of theaters. The ticket office opening times are as follows: Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 20:00, Monday and Friday from 15:00 to 20:00, Tuesday from 14:00 at 20:00, Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00.
Locals' favorite places
There are Times Square spots that they are a symbol of the city for both tourists and locals. One of them is Duffy square, a triangular space north of Times Square that many ignore is quite distinct from its more famous sister. Its red staircase is very busy and crowded both by those who are going to TKTS to buy a theater ticket and by those who stop on its purple steps for a break, or to sip a coffee.
Mingle in the crowd, sit down too and breathe in the crisp New York air. To feel even more part of the city pop into the Good Morning America recording studios, a program that since 1975 has been saying good morning to Americans amid good humor and illustrious guests. You may also want to plan ahead and participate in registrations as an audience.
Among the symbols of Times Square is a curious character, called Naked Cow Boy, or the naked cowboy, who has been wandering around the square for years now dressed only in boxers, boots and hat and his inseparable guitar, with which he sings songs and music and entertains the crowd. Don't leave Times Square without taking a selfie with him.
It might as well happen to meet several actors dressed as Disney characters, from cartoon characters or other bizarre subjects. Also take home a photo with them, against the backdrop of huge buildings and dazzling signs, an indelible reminder of the crazy liveliness of Times Square.
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: or stay up late; The semi-deserted Times Square at dawn is surprising, while in the evening shops and clubs stay open until late at night, the lights intensify to counter the darkness but security is still high
- Minimum time: it is good to consider that Times Square is not just a square, but a real concentration of attractions, museums and shops and corners to explore; impossible to see everything in a few hours, so choose carefully what you don't want to miss
- Buy the city card: for a visit to the city of New York there are several passes that include many different museums and attractions, and allow you to save on admissions; for example the New York: NYC Explorer Pass for over 85 tours and attractions
- Theater tickets: Consider purchasing theater tickets in advance for the Broadway show you wouldn't want to miss, or take advantage of TKTS's on-site discounts
- Be there on New Year's Eve: at the One Times Square skyscraper, since 1907 - at the stroke of midnight a giant luminous sphere is lowered on the roof of the building, to inaugurate the coming new year.
- Guided walking tours: consider interesting guided walking tours of this iconic area of New York, to make sure you don't miss a thing
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
A few centuries ago there was only a large agricultural expanse here that surrounded the residence of General John Morin Scott, under the orders of George Washington. It was in the mid-th century that these green expanses were sold to real estate companies to build the first buildings. In one of these, at the beginning of the twentieth century, the headquarters of the New York Times were established, in a skyscraper along 42nd, and the area took on its current name, which did not change even when the headquarter moved elsewhere. The same name was also given to the metro station, which was built here.
In Times Square scenes from famous films were shot including Big, Vanilla Sky, Friends of the Bed, Kong, Ninja Turtles, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Fast & Furious 8 and Lucy, to name a few.
It is always where it is Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous photograph was taken which immortalizes the marine kissing the nurse, August 14, 1945: since then, every 5 years Times Square invites couples to recall that kiss, which has become a symbol of peace and love.
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