Times Square


Photo: Thomas Rafael

Times Square is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. The epicenter of Times Square is 42nd Street and Broadway, where the New York Times was once located (and where the area derives its name from). In general, though, the term is used to describe the midtown blocks of Manhattan reaching from 39th Street to 52nd Street between 6th and 9th Avenues. More than a geographic area, Time Square is also a cultural hub - many of the theaters of Broadway, and many of the city's fine hotels, are located in the region.

Times Square is perhaps best known as the site of a massive New Year's Eve celebration, where enormous crowds gather to watch the New Year's Eve Ball drop at midnight from One Times Square. This celebration will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of its inception in 2007, and is sure to draw record crowds, as it did at the millenium year.

If you're visiting Times Square for the first time, try to do so at night, in order to get the full effect of the lights and magic of the famous area. In the day, be sure you have ample time to visit the many shops, and if you're looking to see a Broadway show, try standing in line at the TKTS booth for discount tickets: you'll get the benefit of money saved while having a delightful people-watching opportunity. Whatever your reason for coming to Times Square - whether it's to scream outside the MTV studios, to shop, to see a show, or just to experience a one-of-a-kind thrill, don't forget your camera!

Molly O'Neill