Broadway, Union square & Times square
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I figured that my hometown Zadar and New York have some things in common: Long Island, in Zadar county being the Dugi Otok island, a 1,5-hour-ferry-ride away from the city; the Flatiron building, in Zadar being the Peglica (little iron) though similar in shape to the NY one, still much, much smaller; and Broadway, in Zadar the Kalelarga (meaning broad way), the main street going straight through the old town.
The two broad way's shared characteristic is being the artery of the city, a cultic (correct english?) area, a symbol of the city. The difference lies in the size. Obviously, the Kalelarga can fit a hundred times into Broadway. Or even more.... Definitely more.
When coming to Manhattan, Broadway you cannot miss. Wherever you go, the Broadway will pop up sometime. Going through all of Manhattan, it has as many faces as there are neighbourhoods - the somewhat impersonal north, the glamourous Upper Side, glittering Midtown and calm Downtown.
At some point Broadway reaches Union Square, with its lively green market on mondays, wednesdays, fridays and saturdays.
Times Square is different. Colourful, yeah. Hustle and bustle, yeah. Relaxing, nope. Exciting, yeah! The large animated, digital advertisings spread an invigorating energy, and it's just exciting to be there. There's also the Times Square Information Center where you can get any info about tours and Broadway shows, supply yourself with flyers and brochures (many have discount coupons on various venues), and go online.
Speaking of Broadway shows: GO! Absolutely! A Broadway (or off-Broadway) show is unique, don't miss it!!!
Nearby on 42nd street is the "Madame Tussaud" wax museum. Apsolutely worth a visit!
And another thing maybe interesting to know about if you're a 'musicophil': on Broadway and 49th street there's a shop called "Colony", that sells a large variety of music on all medias. It's like a treasure box for us music freaks.