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WalterC WalterC
389 reviews
Times is especially at night! Jul 25, 2016
One of the most iconic locations of New York City, Times Square is one of the most well-known places to visit, and has gone through major changes over the years.

Located in mid-Manhattan, along the junction of Broadway and 7th Avenue, between 42nd and 47th Streets, Times Square dates all the way back to the early 20th century, and probably even before that. The annual ball drop on every New Year’s Eve has been happening here since 1907. And has gone through major changes throughout the decades. From the 1960’s to 1980’s, it was the porn district, with its XXX theaters and shops. But by the 1990’s, efforts were made to clean up the place, and making it a family-friendly place, that does make it very much worth visiting.

Today, Times Squares is basically advertisement-galore, with its bright lights and billboards, along with videos and news crawls being played all the time. And everything basically being in your face. Probably fits in with what the culture of New York City is all about.

Yes, this is basically the very definition of a tourist trap, where one can easily spend a lot of money in this place, with a lot of options. But it does not have to be that way. For me, just seeing the bright lights and people-watching, were more than enough reason to fully enjoy this place.

Other things to see include a set of bleachers in the middle of it all, along with the statues of George Cohan and Father Duffy. And a neon-lit American flag on display.

The best time to see this place, is at night. I think that goes without saying. Mainly to see this place really shine. Literally! But it will be very crowded as well, not only with people, but a lot of those yellow taxi cabs as well. And yes, at times, you will have to walk onto streets at times, as the sidewalks can be way too crowded. It is complete chaos.

Regardless, I think a visit to Times Square at night is a must for any visitor to New York. Yes, it will be crowded and crazy, but I think this is one of those places that has be seen at least once, and decide whether it was worth it or a waste of time. This is worth for tourists to get trapped in! For a short time anyway.
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hanleyscot says:
I know it's touristy but if it's your first time in NYC...you kinda have to see Times Square at night. It is definitely a spectacle.
Posted on: Oct 11, 2016
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ys484 ys484
177 reviews
The center of NYC Jan 11, 2016
After I came back to Japan, I often watch the scenes of Times Square on TV. Every time I watch the scenes, my heart is filled with joy. The memories of the most gorgeous, exciting place of the world came back to me. Times square was within walking distance of our hotel, so we went there everyday. Times Square had not been crowded because we visited on weekdays in a cold winter. Our Japanese guide warned us be aware of touts. But actually a pink bunny's girl kindly taught me that I dropped my wallet. The theater district is close to Times Square, so you will enjoy the nightlife after theatergoing.
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monkeymia79 says:
I love how bold it is with all the lights, reminded me a lot of Piccadilly Circus in London.
Posted on: Mar 05, 2016
tlenot tlenot
43 reviews
Times Square Mar 19, 2015
It doesn't get better than free. Of course there are so many tourists in this area just relaxing, walking, people watching, and taking pictures. Time square should be checked out since you are in New York City, and this is one of the main attraction of NYC. There's of course a bunch of shops and restaurants. At night, people in costumes walk around and you can get pictures with them for tips. What surprise me about Time Squares are the steps they have that you can take to take better pictures. Also there is a statue dedicated to Father Duffy which I also never knew.
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matthewlaraway matthewl…
4 reviews
Amazing the centre of New York Aug 30, 2012
I been working in New York for 4 months, so I get to see the Time Square quite alot, and I never get bored of it. They’re nothing like it in this world, night time is must and make sure you take alot of photos! :)

Do go to my fav cake shop called Como! It is all over in NYC. I have tired different cakes shop and Como is the best! So many choices. Heard they doing a deal with Starbucks, so that are good news!

Please don’t buy hot dog in the square, cost you a bomb! Buy it elsewhere or save your money for a steak! Or spicy chicken from the Hooster place!

Getting around New York is it so easy when you get to know the subway system. Please not to try to use the taxi as cost a lot of money. Subway is usually $30 dollar for a week.

You must check out Long Beach, it is amazing! Go when Surfing comp is going on.

There were one café had amazing cookies! I’m a cookie monster! Haha.

There are so many bars, clubs you can go to, I been to a lot of them and they are all awesome. I really like small bars with a pool table and cool music, which you can find near union square. Do check out West Village which have a lively nightout and popular gay community, people are really friendly in that area.

Don’t be fool by how big central park is, is HUGE! Took me 2 hours to walk one way! I need a good Starbucks after all that! But is it beautiful… just like what you see on telly. The weather is always sunshining! But it does it moment of heavy downpour of rain! People run like man. Not like in the UK, we just put up with it!

Do check out Brookyln, Jay Street area, you can have a picnic under the famous manhattan bridge. I worked down Jay Street, it is an awesome place to be, just only 5 mins ride from Broadway Ly Street. There is a beach at Brighton Beach, there is a fun fair too, which is about a hour and half from Time Square.

Do check out union square, they have farmer market everyday. Do go to TGI Friday and Best burger of New York City. It is to die for! Haha, please keep away from Maccie, you can have them back home.

Where you every go in NYC, do beware what around you, they are a lot of people nick things from your pocket when you never know it was taken. Mainly I would say New York City is a safe place, there are a cop in every street, well protect city. Do not muck about with NYC cops as they take their job seriously.

I been to New York City 5 times now, it is my second home. Wish I own a apartment there, so I just go and get some cakes and fly home haha.
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matthewlaraway says:
Thank you all again! Made me smile. :)
Posted on: Nov 03, 2013
CorneliaA says:
I'm going in a week, and these are great advise :) good review! :) thumbs up!
Posted on: Nov 03, 2013
monky says:
Congrats on your featured review Matthew that area is so nice and like symbol of beautiful NYC!:D
Posted on: Mar 12, 2013
mayerel mayerel
46 reviews
Overrated tourist trap Jun 24, 2012
While in New York I tried to squeeze as much into my time as possible. I decided Times Square would be a good "touristy" thing to do and wouldn't cost too much since, well, I'm always tight on cash.

I kinda...didn't get it. It's a big square, with big TV screens and a ton of people. Really, there's not much else. It was loud, crowded and rather overrated. Maybe if there were something going on it would have been more entertaining, but probably not.

I came, I saw, I moved on.
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six2midnight six2midn…
12 reviews
New Years Ball Drop Aug 10, 2011
So to ring in 2012 me and my friends decided to go to Times Square and see the ball drop. As you can imagine there is a lot of planning with this since they close down the area at around 3pm or when it reaches maximum capacity. First advice it to use public transportation it is easier to move around the city and it is much cheaper. So when we arrived we walked around site seeing(one of our friends were from CA and it was her first time in NYC), we got to go ice skating at Rockefeller Ice Rink, the line was a long wait and seemed not worth it since you had such a limited time on the rink.We then moved on to a couple of bars, for which i wish i remembered the names to. The environment was pretty relax and everyone was in good spirit. We then headed to the actual ball drop, i have to say it was one of the most memorable experiences in my life. its one of those things you have to do before you die, the wait is long and of coarse there are those douche bags who are drunk or just miserable around you. But it was all worth it being around so many people with all the bright lights made it the best memory in my short life.
woods89 woods89
3 reviews
alone in New York May 26, 2011
Was so cool to go to times square after hearing soo much about it and seeing it in TV.

I traveled to NY alone and loved it! I would highly recommend it! great experience.

Watch out for thoses street hustlers though.... lmao guys claiming to be rappers selling CDs on the street in times square.... i fell for it ha dick head ah? :P
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adamhickman_uk adamhick…
3 reviews
Fantastic must see Apr 19, 2011
On your visit to NYC, checking out Times Square is a must. It's a free attraction so budget isn't a problem. Much better to see at night with all of the neon signs lit up.

Loads of great shops along times square too, along with great restaurants. Also very cheap to get a limo to Times Square. I'm recommend checking out the Toys R Us and M&M World.
HuBison HuBison
417 reviews
You can't visit NY without stopping in Times Square Jun 09, 2010
For the most part, Times Square is great early in the morning, in the middle of the day and after sunset. Even in the early hours, it's busy for what most people consider. During the day, if you can snag a chair (because part of the street has been sectioned off from traffic), it is a GREAT place to sit and people-watch while enjoying a hotdog (don't pay more than $2 for one) or a slice of pizza!

If you want to see a Broadway or an off-Broadway show for half-price, there is a TKTS booth in the middle of Times Square. The line starts early and you could be on line for an hour or 2, but it would be worth it to see the Lion King and other shows for half price. For some shows, I want a good seat and I'll just pay full price. Some of the TKTS tickets are for obstructed seats, but if you get on line early, you're more likely to get a good seat selection.

There are many stores to visit and you're kids will friggin love the ToysRus. I did. They have a huge ferris wheel that you can pay for.

T-shirts vendors and souvenir stores sell "I love NY" shirts, other shirts, and other tourist-must-haves. Many have the same items and walking around a bit will pay off, even wandering from Times Squares down Broadway to Madison Square Garden on 34th street is a healhty walk, but that's what NYers do-walk! Anyhow, some of those places just outside of Times Square has items that are a little cheaper. Why buy 3 shirts for $10 when you can buy 5; you're only gonna buy them to give to other people back home or to sleep in.
The Naked Cowboy in Times Square
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Tinktinkie says:
Nice review! Thank you for sharing.
Posted on: Oct 21, 2010
Glynnes says:
The Naked Cowboy is also in Times Square in the dead of winter. I LUV NYC. Thanks for the review.
Posted on: Jun 09, 2010
Chokk Chokk
1733 reviews
Just a place I had to visit Apr 01, 2010
I had really been looking forward to visit Time Square on my short New York visit. In my original plan I had wanted to visit Time Square on New Year’s evening, but I was really happy to stand there the first evening of my visit to the Big Apple.

Shortly after I had entered my hotel I had agreed with my friend Maxime to walk towards Time Square because it was a magnet for me; when I entered the area I was taken by the colours of the commercials and the enormous amount of visitors having the same bent over neck position like me.

Back in Copenhagen I have a painting which is 2.00 meters x 2.40 meters of Time Square hanging in my living room painted by a young American artist – and I really love the colours that he has used and this was almost better.

One of the first buildings I spotted was naturally the building at 1 Times Square or also known as 1475 Broadway, New York Times Building and New York Times Tower. The building is a narrow 25 story, 110.6 m high skyscraper at 42nd and Broadway.

When it was built it was the second tallest building in the world which today is funny to think about; and it is known for the famous New Year's Times Square Ball drop which is performed annually from its roof. This was what I always wanted to see, but I guess that I have plan it better; this time I was 3 months late.

The building hosting the ball drop was originally built to be the headquarters of The New York Times and The Times was to start the tradition of dropping the ball because the newspaper held a celebration of the opening of its new headquarters with a display of fireworks on January 1, 1905, at midnight. This celebration at Times Square continues to this day and the famous New Year's Eve Ball drop tradition started already as far back as in 1907.

The dropping of the ball was adapted from the United States Naval Observatory practice of lowering a time ball with a flag to signal the time of noon. The tradition has been going on since 1907 except during World War II, where the ball lowering was stopped for two years due to wartime blackouts and energy conservation. A celebration was still held, but the crowds observed a minute of silence for the wartime efforts.

In late 2008, for the 2009 New Year's Eve celebration, the roof of the building was redesigned to accommodate an enlarged flagpole for the new version of the New Year's Eve Ball, which was doubled in size and is displayed year-round at a new height of 148 m. Before New Year's 2009, the ball was taken off the flagpole shortly after New Year's and stored probably in a museum somewhere.

In 1928, the famous electric news ticker display near the base of the building created and was first used to announce the results of the US presidential election of 1928. Spanning the base of the entire building, the sign was originally made of 14,800 lamps.

The ticker was dark between 1975 and 1980, until Newsday sponsored the revival of the display. The ticker is now sponsored by Dow Jones, the parent of The Wall Street Journal. The Times sold the building to Douglas Leigh in 1961. Leigh then sold the building to Allied Chemical in 1963.

Allied Chemical greatly modified the building's facade, replacing intricate granite and terracotta elements with marble facing and simple concrete panelling. This refurbishment made a majority of the buildings exterior a sheer wall, with the exception of floor-to-ceiling windows on the 16th floor. The 16th floor was a restaurant space for some time, allowing diners to eat their meals in Art Deco elegance at eye level with the glittering towers all around the square. However, the restaurant space has been closed since the 1980s.

In recent times the building has been vacant except for occasional tenants in the retail space. In the late 1990s, a Warner Bros. retail store filled the first three floors, but most of the building remained vacant. For three weeks in March 2006, the first three floors were occupied by a "JC Penney Experience" store.

The building's first three floors currently house a flagship Walgreens pharmacy, which opened in November 2008. I was in there trying to find some stuff a couple of days later and I was amazed how narrow the building felt inside.

On opening day, Walgreens launched the largest LED sign in Times Square. Walgreens' 1,600 m2 sign with over 12 million LEDs dwarfs the previous largest LED sign in Times Square, the NASDAQ sign on Broadway. The Walgreens sign, designed by Gilmore Group and built by D3 LED, runs diagonally up both sides of the building and loops around the front, and weighs 250,000 pounds. Most of the remainder of the building was sheathed in a white fabric shortly before the Walgreens sign came online.

In late 2007, Toshiba contracted the uppermost sign on One Times Square. It displays the iconic New Year's countdown on its screen, as well as messages, greetings, and advertisements for the company. The digital signs on the building are considered to be the most valuable in the world. They can often be rented by the day or by the hour for product launches or other special events. The rental rates can be as high as $10,000 per hour.
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Chokk says:
I totally agree as you can read:)))
Posted on: Apr 22, 2010
Travelbuddys says:
Yes it is anamazing place!
Posted on: Apr 22, 2010
Africancrab Africanc…
777 reviews
Majority of visitors to New Yorkk Visit Time Square Nov 22, 2009
New York is a generally expensive destination which ever way you look at it. It also happens to be the major port of entry into the USA when one flies into the country. It is estimated that atleast 80% of tourists to New York make it a point to stop at Time Square.A record 20 -40 million people visit New York every year, making Time Square the most visited attraction in the USA.

Perhaps the busiest time of the year is during the count down to the New Year, when the ball gets dropped. This spectacular event takes palce in Time Square every year with millions gathered as they wait for the count down.
dennisvanweeghel dennisva…
14 reviews
Times Square New York Aug 03, 2009
Times Square is volgens mij een van de drukste punten in New York. In het donker zie je veel reclame verlichting en mensen. Erg bekend van het nieuwjaar wat daar groots gevierd word.
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perfektewelle perfekte…
54 reviews
Jun 09, 2007
What could be more thrilling that the constant motion of city lights and advertising? I strongly recommend visiting Times Square. It is truly one of a kind. There are several very interesting shops to browse...

Hershey - yay for chocolate and candy.

MTV store - always interesting.. they have decently priced clothing (for nyc) I got a t-shirt but it cost me 28 dollars.. anyway, interesting to see.

TOYS R'US- inside you will find a HUGE ferris wheel where the seats are all different toys... I think it costs like 5 dollars to ride.. and there are toys everywhere!

Madame Tussauds is there also.. the wax museum. Can't say that I have been there... the wax michael jackson at the main entrance was quite the deterrent .. and I was on a school trip...

Mcdonalds - surprising as it may be, theres something quite interesting about eating at the times square mcdonalds.. your table will light up and change color ;-)

There are tons of stores to "shop" or window shop at... tons of restaurants... and TONS of interesting signs and lights...

go at night!
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perryk51 says:
Mcdonald's tables lighting up and changing colors sounds cool...Times Square eh...must check that out when I travel there in May...Thanks for the tip..
Posted on: Jan 04, 2008
jps3r says:
This is great...unless you're a New Yorker. I would say that there are many other wonderful places to visit (after you've gotten TS out of your system and seen a bunch of Bway musicals). For example, the West Village, the East Village, the Upper West Side, Harlem. All fabulous places you should check out while in this incredible city.
Posted on: Jun 11, 2007
Eric says:
Great title ;)
Posted on: Jun 10, 2007

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