Times Square

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Times Square which includes street scenes, night scenes and nightlife

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.

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Top Hotels Close to Times Square

Row NYC
Row NYC
4 out of 5
700 8th Avenue, New York, NY
The price is ¥8,748 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps from St. James Theatre, Shubert Theatre, and Richard Rodgers Theatre. Times Square and Broadway are also within 5 minutes. ...
3.5/5 Good! (3,644 reviews)
"Great attitude good news York bed"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Row NYC
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
4 out of 5
145 W 44th St, New York, NY
The price is ¥9,566 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps from Town Hall, Times Square, and Broadway. Minskoff Theater and Shubert Theatre are also within 5 minutes. 5 Av Station ...
3.5/5 Good! (5,641 reviews)
"Loved the location, easy parking, friendly staff, great view from top floors. Roomy guest room."

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2022

Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
4 out of 5
305 West, 46th Street, Manhattan, New York, NY
The price is ¥9,156 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Located in Midtown, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Times Square and Broadway. Central Park and Rockefeller Center are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,839 reviews)
"Great friendly staff great location"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
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Best Lodging Options Near Times Square

Row NYC
Row NYC
4 out of 5
700 8th Avenue, New York, NY
The price is ¥8,748 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Row NYC
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
4 out of 5
145 W 44th St, New York, NY
The price is ¥9,566 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
4 out of 5
305 West, 46th Street, Manhattan, New York, NY
The price is ¥9,156 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
Arlo Midtown
Arlo Midtown
4 out of 5
351 West 38th Street, New York, NY
The price is ¥12,175 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Arlo Midtown
Pod Times Square
Pod Times Square
3 out of 5
400 W 42nd Street, New York, NY
The price is ¥9,435 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Pod Times Square
Club Quarters, Times Square - Midtown
Club Quarters, Times Square - Midtown
4 out of 5
40 W 45th St, New York, NY
The price is ¥11,275 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Club Quarters, Times Square - Midtown
M Social Hotel Times Square New York
M Social Hotel Times Square New York
4 out of 5
226 W 52nd St, New York, NY
The price is ¥11,499 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
M Social Hotel Times Square New York
RIU Plaza Manhattan Times Square
RIU Plaza Manhattan Times Square
4 out of 5
145 West 47th Street, New York, NY
RIU Plaza Manhattan Times Square
The New Yorker A Wyndham Hotel
The New Yorker A Wyndham Hotel
4 out of 5
481 Eighth Ave., New York, NY
The price is ¥10,129 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
The New Yorker A Wyndham Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.