Times Square | The World’s Most Famous Intersection

by Denise Marie

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.

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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.

Transportation Options

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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Beacon Theatre in New York City

by Denise Marie

The Beacon Theatre is located on Broadway in New York City, New York. It is operated by Madison Square Garden and is the number one live music hall in the country. Built in the late 1920’s, this historic landmark offers three different levels of concert and event space that accommodates hundreds of patrons for each event. The Art Deco building is inviting with its Brazilian wood floors making this the most versatile space for any event.

History
Sister site to Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre has been a legendary rock house since 1926 when Herbert Lubin conceived the building with dreams of turning it into the Roxy Theatre. The goal in mind was to become a part of the movie places in New York City hosting 6000 seats and to become the number one entertainment capital of the world.

The theatre was designed by Walter Ahlschlager, a Chicago architect in Art Deco design. It was first opened to the public as an opera, movie, musical production and vaudeville acts venue. It was named as a national landmark in 1979 by the National Register of Historic Places. The Beacon Theatre was the very first concert venue to offer IMAX in 1991 for the Rolling Stones at the Max film.

The Theatre joined MSG Entertainment in 2006 becoming part of the world class venue family and continues to grow to what music lovers know as the rock house of the world.

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Concerts and Events, Past and Present
The theatre is known for its flawless acoustics that was designed for moving pictures and musical events, past concerts, events and current shows. Many rock concerts have taken place as well as awards shows, president’s birthday celebrations and much more.

It has become a favorite destination since the twenties and gains in popularity daily for its rock concerts, R&B events and other musical genre.

Some of the greatest names in the music industry have and continue to make their appearance at the Beacon. Aerosmith, Queen, Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones, James Taylor and Jerry Garcia are just some icons of the music industry that have performed in past shows. The Allman Brothers have an annual concert that takes place every spring.

This is known as the Beacon Run and has been a memorable event since 1989.
Many operatic events take place such as Madame Butterfly and Ballet on Broadway. Rental space is available with catering upon request and other amenities.

Visiting the Beacon Theatre
Concessions and restrooms are available during normal business hours. Ensuring each visitor experiences nothing but entertainment and the right accommodations, there are disabled services available for patrons that need assistance. Emergency Medical Technicians are in-house for each event. Ticket prices and hours vary depending on each event.

Visit the Beacon Theatre website for detailed information and to browse through the calendar of events to plan your trip to the number one iconic theatre of New York City. For accommodations the Beacon Hotel is located across the street offering Beacon Theatre visitors special rates.