What to see and do in Times Square, the heart of Manhattan and New York

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Times Square is a square located in Midtown, a district of the borough of Manhattan in New York, And is the most visited tourist attraction in the world. Visiting the square it is easy to understand why thousands of tourists from all over the world come here every day.

The neon signs, enjoy watching a famous musical, shopping in the area, but also just enjoying the unique atmosphere, are some of the things that make this corner of New York so special.



What to see and do in Times Square

Whether you're there during the day or at night, there is plenty to do and see in Times Square. The square is always crowded from morning to night, is the heart of Manhattan.
One of the most interesting things to do is sit back and observe the hectic life of the New Yorkers who pass through it during the day, while in the evening the large neon signs that illuminate the square, give a unique atmosphere.

One of the must-do things is a photo or a selfie in this suggestive place. Not for nothing is it considered the most famous square in the world and one of the most used locations in films.

Shopping a Times Square

Around Times Square are present huge and incredible shops where you can buy everything, and especially where to find good gift ideas. When it comes to fashion and beauty, Times Square has a lot to offer.

There are great shops where to buy beauty and makeup products, for clothes shopping and those dedicated to children, including the famous Disney Store and Toys R Us.



Where to eat in Times Square

If you are looking for a good place for a lunch or dinner, Times Square offers an endless choice. Anyway, remember that eating here costs a little more than other Manhattan tourist districts.

If you don't want to spend a lot, you can opt for it street food. There are many cloisters and fast food places where you can enjoy some of the most typical New York foods such as hot dogs and hamburgers. If you don't want to eat, you can sit at the 24-hour Starbucks, enjoy a great coffee and admire the square.

Entertainment and Shows

One of the biggest attractions in Times Square are, of course, the musicals. The variety of Broadway musical changes over the years, but the beautiful theaters and the high quality of the shows remain constant.

To purchase tickets to attend the shows, it is advisable to visit the various shops on the square. One of the most convenient is the TKTS present under the red stairs on the square or the online purchase.

Events throughout the year in Times Square

There are many events throughout the year which take place in Times Square, especially on public holidays. If you happen to be on a public holiday, you will most likely find yourself attending some parade or collective event.

The main event in the square takes place on the evening of December 31st. For the New Year more than a million people gather on the square. People wait for the New Year by counting down until midnight, when the sphere on One Times Square is dropped and a myriad of confetti invades the square.


What to see around Times Square

If you have time besides Times Square you can explore Midtown Manhattan, the neighborhood that houses the famous square.


Driving along 7th Avenue in just over 10 minutes you will arrive at Central Park, a beautiful park in the heart of New York. The distance between Times Square and Central Park is 1,1 km. Once in Central Park on the left you can also admire the Columbus Circle and Time Warner Center.

East of Times Square is a park, the Bryant Park. In the summer, it's a great place to relax amongst the skyscrapers, and in the winter, it hosts New York Fashion Week! Next to Bryant Park is the New York Public Library, and a little further east, the Grand Central Station and Chrysler Building.


South of Times Square stands the other famous skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, theEmpire State Building. There are also other shops around Herald Square, such as the renowned store Macy's. Close to Macy's is the Madison Square Garden.

West of Times Square is located Hell's kitchen, also known as Clinton, the trendy neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan. There are some of the great Off-Broadway theaters, small boutiques and a fantastic selection of restaurants and cafes. In the area there is the New York Times Building skyscraper, which with its 319 meters high is the fourth tallest building in the city.


How to get to Times Square

Getting to the square is very easy, especially if you are already in Manhattan. The subway lines that stop at Times Square are: 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q and R. The metro is the cheapest and fastest way, especially during the busiest hours.

You can get there even on foot from many of Manhattan's top attractions, many are just over a mile from the famous square. Times Square is located atintersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue, and between West 42nd Street and West 47th Street.

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