Times Square

Times Square, New York City: Address, Phone Number, Times Square Reviews: 4.5/5

Times Square
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Central area in NYC that has many shops, restaurants, office buildings and flashing billboards around it.
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Steve G
Brownsville, TX93 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
I’ve been to NYC a lot of times. My first visit was in 2007. I loved seeing Time Square for the first time. I was happy to visit an iconic landmark. The second visit, I was happy to see it again. But by the third visit, I had lost interest in seeing it. After my 3rd visit, I moved away from the touristy places. I’ve been to NYC a total of seven times since ‘07. There is so much more to see, explore, discover outside of touristy locations.

That being said, I would never discourage a first time visitor to ignore Time Square. By all means, go look. Walk around Time Square. Take pics.

I happened to go to Time Square this December, for purposes of photographing my elf. The tourists are one thing, but the street performers are another thing. They often clog up the area with gimmicky performances while asking for money. What baffles me is that tourists so easily give them $20’s for something not impressive at all. Some of these performers will round up volunteers and ask for a donation prior to a stunt. Do not fall for this. Most of these street performers can be found at night time. Time Square during the day is different.

Go if it’s your first time. But be cautious around street performers asking for your money. It can get crowded at night, so mind your wallet and purse.
Written December 21, 2021
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stanDublin
Dublin, Ireland177 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We stayed right beside Times Square and loved the buzz of the place. Great for Broadway Theatre. Good selection of bars and restaurants (recommend the Perfect Pint bar and Tonys Italian restaurant)
Lots of NYPD around so felt very safe. Lots of people around gave a great buzz to the place.
Written March 12, 2022
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Brian T
London, UK5,502 contributions
Dec 2021
t’s inevitable that most visitors to New York City will find their way to Times Square. And so they should. It’s an iconic landmark on an international scale. We visit New York from the U.K. frequently, and will always end up there at some stage - three times on this trip. I love the atmosphere, vibe and colour of this spot.

Here’s a few tips for making your visit as easy and as safe as possible:
1. It’s crowded, day and night, every day. Expect that!
2. Keep your wits about you for visiting safely. Put your wallets and phones safely in an inside pocket, and not in a backpack or handbag. And if you have to carry handbags, backpacks and camera bags, keep them in front of you. Pick pockets operate!
3. If solo, do not hand your phone to a stranger for them to take your photograph. You may never see it again.
4. Visit both during the day and in the evening. You’ll see the landmark from different perspectives. The neons will dazzle you in the evening, and it’s fabulous for colourful photography, but it’s also when Times Square is at its busiest.
5. Think carefully about where you are going to eat, if a meal or a snack at Times Square is your intent. Many restaurants are only interested in providing visitors with poor quality food at extortionate prices. There’s many good restaurants a short walk away from the immediate environment of Times Square. We love Juniors, at 1626 Broadway - good food at reasonable prices.
6. Be patient; take your time; enjoy your surroundings and don’t feel pressured by the surge of crowds.

Don’t miss it, but take care!
Written February 2, 2022
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Love2travel-Mtl
Montreal, Canada117 contributions
Mar 2022
As expected except the smell of weed sometimes overwhelming (gladly kept masks on outside). Hoped to see more vendors to buy a purse or sunglasses. Souvenir stores did not offer many deals except for some selected caps and ugly T-shirt’s. the nicer souvenir clothing and key hai a and cups were expensive. Gyro vendor was very rude. Street performers we stayed for were very good but turned off when they insisted on more money from a man they selected to participate. His wife had already given money.
Written March 6, 2022
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,562 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
We did the obligatory visit to Times Square so that the rest of the family could experience it for themselves for the first time.

The big billboards dominated the skyline with their eye catching graphics. Chain and specialty stores (M&M, Pele Soccer, Line) drew in the crowds of shoppers. People milled around, wandered with the flow or just sat around especially on the banks of seats at each end of the square. The TKTS store selling half priced Broadway tickets also was another draw to the area.

We did not go back in the evening having experienced that a few years ago.
Written March 15, 2022
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Evan L
Gig Harbor, WA70 contributions
Sep 2021
The tickets are for the wax museum as Times Square is free. Great place to walk at night and a few square blocks so plenty to see. The street performers are decent, but obviously not worth what they're asking. Bring some 5s and 1s to tip them as they always ask for 10s and 20s. The shops and street vendors give you plenty of options for food; try Junior's for cheesecake and a Reuben (the sauerkraut there is legendary). I got some great pictures of the New Years' ball and if you get close enough you can see the crystal grid (4000 individual crystals, thanks full city tour guide).
Written September 14, 2021
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Rea S
Arlington, TX25 contributions
Mar 2021
A cold Sunday evening around 6 pm, I made my way down to Tiime Square. Shops were open and street vendors were at every corner. The bleachers were nice although I did not go to sit down.. I enjoyed the artistic displays of lights and visuals on the super large screen. There were dancers in the middle of the square entertaining all who wanted to see and various skateboarders riding about. So many places to eat and drink were available, along with the food vendors with their parked trucks selling cheap eats. There were artist available to sketch details portraits or caricatures lined up and down the streets. From knock-off designer goods to cheap souvenirs, it was all there. If one is tired, it is easy to get a carriage rider to give you a lift, but it is not cheap. Coming out of the store, I saw a heavy presence of NYPD, this was because a social issue parade was being led. New York is always awake, popping, full of culture and diversity.. You have to see it for yourself. It you like a fast past place with lots of bright lights, places to shop, street eats, drink and like to see a unique set of human-beings, visit time square. You won't be disappointed.
Written March 31, 2021
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kaydub86
Charleston, WV95 contributions
Jul 2021
So much to see and do here. The people watching alone is amazing. There are so many stores for shopping, attractions for viewing and a ton of restaurant for eating. We took advantage of one of the chauffeured bike rides to see the city at nightfall and it was absolutely magical. While there are homeless people and beggers, it's not outrageous and I never felt unsafe.
Written September 6, 2021
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Rachan S
Bangkok, Thailand13 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Overall time square is a nice happening place.
Be careful of several food trucks selling Kebabs and filafel, they do not have prices mentioned on their food trucks. If you do not ask prices before ordering and you are a tourist they will double the price. The standard price is 7-8 $ i was forced to pay 15$.
I was conned by the one on intersection of 42nd street and 7 Avenue..
Written September 4, 2021
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Ronnie Adventurer
Barbados240 contributions
Nov 2019
In November 2019. I visited New York city to attend a training programme and took the opportunity to tour a few locations. Among these were: Times Square, Bowling Green in the Financial District to see the Charging Bull, the 911 memorial and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Due to the time of the year I visited, the Bowling Green, 911 memorial and the Brooklyn Bridge areas were not crowded so one was able to take some pictures in quick time. Times Square while not very crowded, took some time to maneuver.

The Times Square location is very commercial and there are plenty of vendors on the street. At night you see a sea of lights not only from the headlights of cars but also the advertising screens on many of the skyscrapers.

For a person who likes to experience a fast-paced city, bright lights and street entertainment, I would recommend a visit to New York.
Written February 26, 2020
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