Named after the 'New York Times', which moved here in 1924, Times Square is a vibrant, neon-lit area in the heart of the ... More
Named after the 'New York Times', which moved here in 1924, Times Square is a vibrant, neon-lit area in the heart of the Theater District. Over the years, this area has transformed with increasing number of hotels, office towers, and commercial businesses that have sprung up here. Conde Nast, megastores, and theme restaurants have also set up shop. Times Square remains the city's favorite venue for New Year's Eve, where a huge street party is highlighted by a glitter ball dropped from Times Tower. The Times Square Alliance, which was founded in 1992, works for the betterment and promotion of this most popular New York City attraction.
I understand why people are so taken with Times Square and all its brilliantly lit hustle and bustle, but as a New Yorker I know there's so much more to the city than Times Square--and in fact there's more to Times Square than many visitors even see. So many of the shops and restaurants along Broadway/7th ave. are completely overpriced and not all that great, especially respective to the fact that New York is one of the shopping and restaurant capitals of the world. My advice is to go to Times Square and take in all the sights & sounds, but bypass the obvious options in search of something more authenticly New York--I've personally never understood why people would travel to the city only to eat at an Olive Garden or Red Lobster (and one with higher prices than you'd experience in suburban areas, no less).
For example, if you wander up to 9th avenue, you'll find it lined with more Thai restaurants than you've probably even seen in one stretch before, or if you head to West 45th, you'll find Angus McIndoe--the restaurant/bar where the Broadway crowd (as in the people who are actually in the shows) convene for post-theater drinks & dinner--unassumingly tucked between more recognizable sights. If you're dead-set on sticking to the bigger, more well-known restaurants then head to Chevy's on 42nd & 8th . . . it's still overpriced and somewhat generic, but the food has always been fresh & decnt every time I've been, which is much more than I can say for my experience after having been dragged against my will by friends-of-friends to the Olive Garden or the neighboring Applebee's (which was somehow even more dreadful than I expected--something I would not have thought possible, considering how low my expectations were to begin with).
All in all, I'm not saying you should avoid Times Square completely, but if you do some research you'll experience a truer version of New York! And remember--there's a whole city out there to explore! For people who live here, Times Square is about as far away from day-to-day life as you can get.
I live in Manhattan and most of us New Yorkers avoid Times Square. It's really great to see - and certainly worth a visit - but what many tourists do is stay around there and they don't venture out to places that I believe are the 'real' New York (The Village downtown, Central Park uptown etc) Visit Times Square for an afternoon or evening and move on to other great and beautiful sites the city has to offer!
Last summer me, my boyfriend and our daughter decided to go on a whim. It was soooo much fun!! So many people, so many places to go... GREAT PLACE! We went to Bubba-Gump restraunt and the people were so nice, the food was awesome, you overlook times square in front of the ABC studio. We went to the Toys R Us and that was so much fun!! THERE'S A FERRIS WHEEL INSIDE! We bought some baby clothes, since I was pregnant at the time. Then we walked around, got some desserts, went to the Hershey store (which is so much fun!)... The only had thing was the TRAFFIC COMING HOME! We had to pull over a few times to make our daughter happy or feed her. But overall, I recommend to anyone. I wish I can go this year but we don't have enough money.
Lights, Lights, Lights, Oh, did I tell you that there were some Lights. Time Square is famous in itself. Movies, Music, shows have all been shot or filmed at this location in NYC. MTV is here along with Virgin Record Store. Also the advertising is grand and bright. Eat at Bubba Gump Shrip or just stand and make a 360 while looking up!!!
If you think of NY as \"bigger then life\" you're right...
By A Yahoo Contributor, 5/27/08
It's everything you've imagined you're whole life. The sights the sounds and the lights. While in NY you'll definitely get the feeling of it being bigger then life...it's a very unique city and in the right parts you'll feel very safe no matter what time of day.
I'll skip writing the usual positives and negatives...just expect traffic and to be amazed.
i loved it! its the best city in the world! so many things to do there, including sightseeing, museums, shopping, etc. many interesting things for the kids to see and do! there are delicious restaurants also. you might wanna try tavern on the green(near central park).
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