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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.


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Aliz Hotel Times Square ¥9,322
Aliz Hotel Times Square

Aliz Hotel Times Square

310 W. 40th Street, New York, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of New York Times Building, Times Square, and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Broadway and New Amsterdam Theater are also within 10 minutes. Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 6 minutes by foot and 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is 7 minutes.

    Arlo NoMad ¥10,584
    Arlo NoMad

    Arlo NoMad

    11 East 31st Street, New York, NY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, and Macy's. 33 St. Station (Park Av. S) is only a 4-minute walk and 28 St. Station (Park Av. S) is 5 minutes.

      Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central ¥8,996
      Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central

      Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central

      220 West 41st St., New York, NY
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps from Times Square and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Macy's and Bryant Park are also within 15 minutes. Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is 5 minutes.

        TownePlace Suites by Marriott New York Manhattan/ ¥7,591
        TownePlace Suites by Marriott New York Manhattan/

        TownePlace Suites by Marriott New York Manhattan/

        324 West 44th Street, New York, NY
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Midtown, this aparthotel is steps from The Majestic Theater and St. James Theatre. Times Square and Shubert Theatre are also within 5 minutes. 49th St. Station is 8 minutes by foot and Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 8 minutes.

          Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
          Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square

          Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square

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

            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. 49th St. Station is 5 minutes by foot and 50 St. Station (Broadway) is 9 minutes.

            The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City ¥13,839
            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. Chrysler Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. 5 Av Station (W. 42nd St.) is 5 minutes by foot and 47 - 50 Sts - Rockefeller Center Station is 8 minutes.

              Arlo SoHo ¥9,515
              Arlo SoHo

              Arlo SoHo

              231 Hudson Street, New York, NY
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Manhattan, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New York University, One World Trade Center, and National September 11 Memorial. Federal Reserve Bank of New York is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away. Canal St. Station (Varick St.) is only a 2-minute walk and Canal St. Station (W. Broadway) is 6 minutes.

                Millennium Times Square New York ¥10,814
                Millennium Times Square New York

                Millennium Times Square New York

                145 W 44th St, New York, NY
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps from Times Square, Broadway, and Minskoff Theater. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Shubert Theatre are also within 5 minutes. 5 Av Station (W. 42nd St.) and 49th St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.