Why Everyone Loves Times Square

Some people travel to New York for the shopping, some for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and some for the cronuts (a croissant-doughnut pastry invented by Chef Dominique Ansel that costs $5 at his New York City bakery, but that sells for $100 a pop on the black market). But Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, the Statue of Liberty and hot dogs, aside, what attracts all tourists worldwide to the Big Apple is Times Square.

Guides in New York will take you everywhere from the jazz bars of Harlem to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as to the decorated streets of the Lower East Side and teach you how to tour like a local. Each one of them specializes in food, history, street art, gangster culture, the list goes on, but local tour guides will tell you that Times Square is not to be missed.

Known as “The Crossroads of the World” and “The Center of the Universe,” Times Square is a major commercial intersection in Midtown Manhattan that’s brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements. Not only that, it’s the hub of the Broadway Theater District, something that walking tour guides in the area can give you the lowdown on. But because of its dynamism, Times Square lures in over 39 million visitors annually, and mixed with the locals that pass through daily en route to work (fun fact: approximately 330,000 people pass through Times Square each day!), the area makes for one fascinating place to interview people. The result: this video documenting exactly why people flock there.

While, on their tours, New York’s guides explain in detail why their city is so captivating, the following video produced by Michael Tapp and Bill Novak sums up beautifully why Times Square is a place nobody should miss out on experiencing at least once in their lifetime. Between the fascinating tours NYC’s lifestyle and sightseeing guides offer, you won’t need much convincing to pack your bags and travel to The City That Never Sleeps, but for the final boost of encouragement that New York’s worth the airplane ticket, simply watch the following video. Enough said.

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