Times Square is the most well-known square in New York and without a doubt, the busiest place in the city because you will always find people in this area.
Its lights and huge billboards are a symbol of the city and its 24-hour atmosphere makes New York the nickname “the city that never sleeps”.
It is located at the intersection between 7th Avenue and Broadway and at any time of the day or night you will find people in this place full of shops, restaurants and theaters.
History of Times Square
Times Square owes its name to the New York Times newspaper that moved to Longacre Square, as the square was then called, in 1904.
Over the years, the area gained a lot of popularity and grew thanks to the cinemas and theaters that were installed there.
Although little by little it was degrading becoming an area of prostitution, crime and drug trafficking.
In the 1990s, the then mayor Rudolph Giuliani decided to clean up the neighborhood and convert it into the tourist and commercial area that it is today, eliminating all traces of what it was in previous decades.
Today we can see large stores of all kinds and the most famous restaurants in the world.
What to see in Times Square. Their environment
In Times Square we can find many shops and restaurants of all kinds, some of them open 24 hours a day.
That’s why we can always find people here.
Among the outstanding stores are those of sweets and chocolates such as M&M and Hershey’s, the children’s Disney Store, Sanrio and Toys «R» Us, or Forever 21 and American Outfitters clothing.
Among its famous restaurants we can find Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock, Friday’s or Bubba Gump.
Also located in Times Square is the TKTS booth where you can buy tickets to Broadway musicals at a very low price. The drawbacks are that they have to be tickets for the same day because they put on sale those that are left over at the box offices of the theaters, and that you will have to queue quite long.
In Times Square it is not uncommon to see filming of series and movies or the live broadcast of the most famous ABC program, Good Morning America, in the middle of the street.
In a nearby street is the wax museum, Madame Tussaud. And of course, it is the area of Broadway musicals and here you have all the most important theaters in the city.
You will never feel alone in Times Square, sometimes it can be overwhelming, and the illuminated billboards will always make you think you are in the area during the day even if it is early in the morning.
Without a doubt, it is our recommended place to stay because you will have everything close by.
Official page: Times Square.