Times Square has been the commercial heart and soul of Midtown Manhattan since the early 20th century. From Broadway theaters and comedy clubs to shops and bars to New Year’s Eve and the annual ball drop event, this vibrant district offers seemingly endless urban amenities for tourists. More than 10 NYC Subway trains serve this important hub in the City That Never Sleeps.
A Bit of History
Times Square was first named Longacre Square changing its name in 1904. The New York Times built the Times Tower in 1904 on 43rd street to replace its premises in the downtown area. Even after in 1913 when The New York Times moved once again across Broadway, the name stuck with the natives and never changed. There were more than 250 shows by 1928 and more than 75 theaters that developed.
Adolph Ochs, The New York Times publisher consulted with the mayor about the construction of a nearby subway station. This was when the rise to building boom accelerated and the electronic advertising began. After the Great Depression is when visitors stopped visiting. The next few decades were filled with tons of criminal activity giving visitors and locals a decline to visit.
The Embassy Theatre was built in 1925. Ran by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, this high society motion picture house made history by being the only theatre ran by solely woman. It was in 1929 when the Embassy sparked a trend that went national for becoming the very first newsreel theatre in the USA. When you visit the Embassy Theatre, which is now the Times Square Visitors Center, you will be able to watch the 5 minute documentary that tells the Times Square story presenting the stories over the past century.
Attractions and Highlights
Times Square is home to some of the most notable Broadway theaters, such as the Minskoff, Lyceum and Shubert. As you walk the district’s glamorous streets, you’ll probably see plenty of enormous billboards that promote the latest Broadway productions. You can also purchase tickets for shows at the official TKTS booth that’s centrally located in a high-traffic area. Your eyes will also be drawn to the dozens of other digital billboards that advertise everything from fashionable attire and gadgets to upcoming events and breaking news.
This vibrant neighborhood is also lined with souvenir shops and flagship stores with seemingly endless piles of goods. For example, M&M’s World and Hershey’s Chocolate World satisfy your cravings for chocolate treats in dozens of unique flavors. Would you like to pose with life-size figures of your favorite celebrities? Visit the Madame Tussauds New York Wax Museum in Times Square. This premium attraction features interactive exhibits, such as the Mission: Undead and Kong: Skull Island.
If you have a generous budget, you might be fortunate enough to reserve a room in one of the high-rise hotels that dominate the local skyline. Featuring more than 50 floors, the New York Marriott Marquis is one of the premier lodging venues in Midtown Manhattan. This skyscraper hotel even offers on-site entertainment at the Marquis Theater. Other notable hotel towers in the district include the Sheraton New York and Crowne Plaza.
The congestion of the crowds brings forth the true authenticity of what Times Square is all about. The Times Square Visitors Center is where to visit first as it provides services such as the ability to purchase tickets to all Broadway shows, tours, upcoming attractions and maps and free brochures of Times Square.
Several New York City subway lines stop at a massive underground complex in Times Square. Some busy routes that serve this bustling part of Midtown Manhattan include the 1, A, 7 and Q lines. The subway station in this district has multiple entrances and exits on 42nd Street. You can also make smooth transfers from subway trains to dozens of bus routes at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
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