Experience Times Square

Experience Times Square
If you’ve ever wanted to really have the fact that you’re in New York City hit home, there are many options to choose from, but the most visually jaw-dropping is Times Square, the area where Broadway meets Seventh Avenue.

This bustling area is particularly spectacular viewed at night when the billboards and screens around you blaze with electronic light. It’s a great way to show New York City’s energy and life, as well as humanity’s technological prowess – and excess. The lights, colours and sounds are overwhelming so don’t bother looking for the stars, unless it’s along Broadway as you wander along to take in a show.

Times Square is also famous for its New Year’s Eve celebrations, and the ball dropping from the flagpole on the One Times Square building. If you happen to be there on December 31st, you could join the packed crowds to shout out the countdown of the last few seconds of the old year and welcome in the new.

Times Square hosts events throughout the year, such as art displays and Valentine’s Day events, so visitors should keep an eye out for these, and for scrolling proposals on the billboards.

Times Square Crowds
People resting in the middle of Times Square
Times Square at night
“Just this once, in the very heart of the busiest of cities, everyone was perfectly content not to move and hardly to breathe. And for those few minutes, while the song lasted, Times Square was still as a meadow at evening, with the sun streaming in on the people there and the wind moving among them as if they were only tall blades of grass.”

George Selden, The Cricket in Times Square

Unique Things to See and Do in Times Square

  • Be overwhelmed by the sheer blaze of light and the realisation of humanity’s technological capabilities
  • Attend a Broadway show
  • Find the famous New Year’s Eve Ball atop One Times Square – watch it drop if you’re there at midnight on the 31st of December!
  • Check out some of the messages and art on the billboards and screens around the area

New Year’s Eve at Times Square

Reportedly named for the fact that the One Times Square building used to house the New York Times, Times Square hosts a number of events, but it’s probably best known for the New Year’s Eve ball drop, when the 5,380 kg ball, covered in crystal triangles, drops for 60 seconds to signal the last minute of the old year.

The ball sits atop the One Times Square building and became a year-round fixture in 2009, so you can spot it during daylight no matter when you choose to visit. The Times Square Alliance says more than one billion people watch the ball drop worldwide, with about one million watching it in person.

A number of movies have featured the ball dropping as a way to move the plot forward, including When Harry Met Sally and (obviously) New Year’s Eve. Speaking of movies, while it didn’t feature the ball drop, the movie Vanilla Sky did feature Tom Cruise running through a deserted Times Square, a shot which the New York Post says cost more than $1 million to achieve, and which occurred in the early hours of a Sunday morning. For fans of the movie, be prepared for the complete opposite, with the Square a hive of activity and bustle during the day.

Getting to Times Square

Times Square, located in central New York City, is a busy place to be, and while there are apparently parking garages nearby, walking or catching the subway is probably your best option.  The nearest station is the 42nd Street Times Square Station. The subway system in NYC is reliable and affordable. You can also take the bus in or make like they do in the movies and hail a cab, with taxis reliable and comfortable (but requiring a tip).

Did you know…?

For the right price, you can get a message displayed on one of the many billboards and screens displayed around Times Square.

Billboards at Times Square

Did you ALSO know…?

Times Square is also known as ‘The Crossroads of the World’.

Times Square circa 1940's

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