Times Square, New York

Times Square, New York (must see)

Times Square is a major commercial intersection at the junction of Broadway and 7th Avenue in Manhattan, stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Broadway theaters and a huge number of animated neon and LED signs have long made this spot one of New York's iconic images, and a symbol of the intensely urban aspects of Manhattan. Times Square is the only neighborhood with zoning ordinances requiring building owners to display illuminated signs. The density of illuminated signs in Times Square now rivals that of Las Vegas. Officially, signs in Times Square are called "spectaculars", and the largest of them are called "jumbotrons." Times Square is also the site of the annual New Year's Eve ball drop. On December 31, 1907, a ball signifying New Year's Day was dropped in Times Square for the first time, and has become part of the main New Year's celebration in New York City ever since.

Times Square's shopping scene is quite enticing and won't leave you penniless thanks to the abundance of low- to medium-priced stores specialized in clothing, shoes, beauty and fragrances. For women, the best place to start their Times Square shopping trip is the stretch on Broadway Avenue between 42nd and 48th Streets with places like Loft, H&M, The Gap, Old Navy, and Levi's. The latter four also carry men's attire, plus there are some designated menswear stores, like Champs, U.S. Polo Association, and Men's Warehouse.

Nothing livens up an outfit like the right makeup, so if you are looking for makeup or beauty buys, here are some of the options – Sephora, Mac Cosmetics, Sabon. If jewelry is a girl's best friend, then accessories are her constant companion; accessories and jewelry stores in Times Square include Sunglass Hut, Swatch, Swarovski, and Pandora. If you seek to buy watches in Times Square, check out Fossil and Invicta. Shopping with kids in Time Square can be fun if done at Disney Store, Forever 21, Hershey's or M&M. For yummy treats, check out Carlos Bakery, Junior's, Magnolia Bakery or Ben & Jerry's. Plus there are a few specialty outlets like The W Store and Yankees Clubhouse.

Why You Should Visit:
If you like the buzz of the city that never sleeps, then this is your place. Lots of people, neon signs, video screens; open 24/7.
Broadway shows in the theater district and Restaurant Row on 47th Street make Times Square a great hub to go for adventures.
Times Square is a mid-price shopping mecca with plenty of budget-friendly stores for women, men and kids!

Tip:
With so many people in a small space, watch your valuables!
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Times Square on Map

Sight Name: Times Square
Sight Location: New York, USA (See walking tours in New York)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Manhattan Shopping Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Grand Central Station to Union Square

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Brooklyn New York Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
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Times Square to Central Park

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A leisurely self-guided stroll from Times Square to Central Park will take you to some of NYC’s prominent locations, each worth visiting in their own right.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles

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