Times Square

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New York’s infamous neon wonderland is hustle and bustle at its best, and an essential stop for all tourists.

Locals might bemoan Times Square’s touristy hustle and bustle, but the neon wonderland is undeniably New York City's beating heart. Loud and chaotic, the crowded epicenter is one of the world’s most visited and recognizable tourist attractions.

This neighborhood was named for The New York Times, which moved its headquarters to the district in 1904. (the newspaper is now on Eighth Avenue; a stones throw away.) Times Square is nestled between West 42nd and West 47th Streets on Seventh Avenue. Having shaken off its reputation as a somewhat seedy area, visitors come in droves to experience the quintessential New York.

Lit up 24 hours a day, Times Square’s whirring news tickers, flashing stock exchange information and brash advertisements add to the ambience. There’s often a great assortment of local color to entertain visitors. You may find African drummers, jugglers, and dancers on any given day or night. For years the Naked Cowboy has been a tourist attraction: a street busker famous for playing guitar in his underwear. Impromptu musical performances and dramatic public speeches are common, and don’t be surprised if Mickey Mouse sneaks up behind you for a kiss.

For a more sedate experience, Madame Tussauds Museum offers celebrities immortalized in wax.

Broadway’s theater district extends off the center of Times Square. Hundreds of show-goers typically line up at the TIX outdoor booth to score half-priced tickets on the afternoon of performances in one of the 40 venues.

Those with a sweet tooth can get their fill at the enormous M&M’s and Hershey’s chocolate stores. Those seeking to watch the madness unfurl can pull up a chair in the square’s center, which is closed to passing traffic. Or, catch a movie in one of the area’s huge multiplex cinemas.

Times Square is brimming with memorabilia stores, from the upmarket to the kitschy, where you can snap up souvenirs such as “I Heart NYC” T-shirts and New York Yankees caps. There are also a wide variety of places to catch a meal, from fast-food to those famous New York delis that serve up huge bowls of Matzo ball soup and humongous sandwiches.

Times Square is located in the heart of New York City, on the west side. There’s a major subway station there and it’s easy to find a bus route through the area. Grand Central Terminal, the railway hub, is also located there.

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Row NYC
Row NYC
4 out of 5
The price is HK$661 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps away from Shubert Theatre and Richard Rodgers Theatre. Minskoff Theater and Times Square are also within 5 minutes. 49th ...
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"i enjoyed my experience throughout the duration of my stay. the convenience of the location from the subway and dining options was the best part"

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Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
4 out of 5
The price is HK$786 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps away from Times Square, Broadway and Minskoff Theater. Shubert Theatre and Richard Rodgers Theatre are also within 5 ...
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M Social Hotel Times Square New York
M Social Hotel Times Square New York
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,183 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
This family-friendly New York hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps away from August Wilson Theater, Broadway Theatre and Ed Sullivan Theater. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (825 reviews)
"M Social was a hit for us. The bar tender Reggie made us his favorite drink and we enjoyed the sights and sounds of Times Square. I like the vibe and games in the lobby. The room service was not perfect but the hotel has a great vibe that matched their excellent location"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2021

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The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel
The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is HK$593 per night from 26 Oct to 26 Oct
The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
4 out of 5
The price is HK$786 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Row NYC
Row NYC
4 out of 5
The price is HK$661 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Row NYC
M Social Hotel Times Square New York
M Social Hotel Times Square New York
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,183 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
M Social Hotel Times Square New York
Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
4 out of 5
305 West, 46th Street, Manhattan, New York, NY
The price is HK$997 per night from 9 Nov to 9 Nov
Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
Pod Times Square
Pod Times Square
3 out of 5
The price is HK$700 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Pod Times Square
The Belvedere Hotel
The Belvedere Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$925 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
The Belvedere Hotel
Doubletree by Hilton New York Times Square South
Doubletree by Hilton New York Times Square South
3.5 out of 5
525 8Th Ave, New York, NY
The price is HK$902 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Doubletree by Hilton New York Times Square South
Hotel Mela Times Square
Hotel Mela Times Square
4 out of 5
The price is HK$763 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Hotel Mela Times Square
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