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Times Square

New York’s infamous neon wonderland is hustle and bustle at its best, and an essential stop for all tourists.

Locals might bemoan Times Square’s touristy hustle and bustle, but the neon wonderland is undeniably New York City's beating heart. Loud and chaotic, the crowded epicenter is one of the world’s most visited and recognizable tourist attractions. 

This neighborhood was named for The New York Times, which moved its headquarters to the district in 1904. (the newspaper is now on Eighth Avenue; a stones throw away.) Times Square is nestled between West 42nd and West 47th Streets on Seventh Avenue. Having shaken off its reputation as a somewhat seedy area, visitors come in droves to experience the quintessential New York. 

Lit up 24 hours a day, Times Square’s whirring news tickers, flashing stock exchange information and brash advertisements add to the ambience. There’s often a great assortment of local color to entertain visitors. You may find African drummers, jugglers, and dancers on any given day or night. For years the Naked Cowboy has been a tourist attraction: a street busker famous for playing guitar in his underwear. Impromptu musical performances and dramatic public speeches are common, and don’t be surprised if Mickey Mouse sneaks up behind you for a kiss. 

For a more sedate experience, Madame Tussauds Museum offers celebrities immortalized in wax.

Broadway’s theater district extends off the center of Times Square. Hundreds of show-goers typically line up at the TIX outdoor booth to score half-priced tickets on the afternoon of performances in one of the 40 venues. 

Those with a sweet tooth can get their fill at the enormous M&M’s and Hershey’s chocolate stores. Those seeking to watch the madness unfurl can pull up a chair in the square’s center, which is closed to passing traffic. Or, catch a movie in one of the area’s huge multiplex cinemas. 

Times Square is brimming with memorabilia stores, from the upmarket to the kitschy, where you can snap up souvenirs such as “I Heart NYC” T-shirts and New York Yankees caps. There are also a wide variety of places to catch a meal, from fast-food to those famous New York delis that serve up huge bowls of Matzo ball soup and humongous sandwiches.

Times Square is located in the heart of New York City, on the west side. There’s a major subway station there and it’s easy to find a bus route through the area. Grand Central Terminal, the railway hub, is also located there.

There's no place anywhere on the planet exactly like Times Square. To help you make the most of your time here, we've put together a list of some of the top things to do:

Take a look at our New York things to do page to learn about many more activities in the area.


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Hotel Pennsylvania ¥6,079
Hotel Pennsylvania

Hotel Pennsylvania

401 7th Ave, New York, NY
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madison Square Garden, Macy's, and Empire State Building. Times Square and Broadway are also within 15 minutes. 34 St. - Penn Station (Fashion Av.) is only a 2-minute walk and 28 St. Station (7th Av.) is 4 minutes.

    YOTEL New York ¥8,136
    YOTEL New York

    YOTEL New York

    570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Times Square and Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Broadway and Central Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 12 minutes by foot and 34 St. - Penn Station is 14 minutes.

      Paramount Times Square ¥7,982
      Paramount Times Square

      Paramount Times Square

      235 West 46th Street, New York, NY
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Midtown, this romantic hotel is steps from Richard Rodgers Theatre, Times Square, and Music Box Theatre. Broadway and Minskoff Theater are also within 5 minutes. 49th St. Station is only a 3-minute walk and Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 8 minutes.

        Park Central Hotel New York ¥9,235
        Park Central Hotel New York

        Park Central Hotel New York

        870 7th Ave, New York, NY
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Carnegie Hall, Central Park, and Broadway Theatre. Columbus Circle and 5th Avenue are also within 10 minutes. 7 Av. Station (E 53rd St.) and 50 St. Station (Broadway) are within a 5-minute walk.

          The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City ¥8,730
          The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

          The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

          45 E 45th Street, New York, NY
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center are also within 10 minutes. Grand Central - 42 St. Station is 5 minutes by foot and 5 Av Station (W. 42nd St.) is 5 minutes.

            Park Lane Hotel ¥12,570
            Park Lane Hotel

            Park Lane Hotel

            36 Central Park S, New York, NY
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps from Central Park and 5th Avenue. Madison Avenue and Tiffany & Co. are also within 5 minutes. 57 St. Station is only a 3-minute walk and 5 Av.-53 St. Station is 6 minutes.

              Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan ¥12,665
              Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan

              Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan

              1605 Broadway At 49th St, New York, NY
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly New York hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Walter Kerr Theatre, Ambassador Theatre, and Circle in the Square Theater. Duffy Square and Eugene O'Neill Theatre are also within 5 minutes. 49th St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and 47 - 50 Sts - Rockefeller Center Station is 5 minutes.

                Row NYC ¥7,057
                Row NYC

                Row NYC

                700 8th Avenue, New York, NY
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps from The Majestic Theater, Music Box Theatre, and St. James Theatre. Times Square and Broadway are also within 5 minutes. 49th St. Station is 6 minutes by foot and Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 7 minutes.