42nd Street
42nd Street
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4.5
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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY4,510 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Quite frankly we aren’t big fans of 42nd Street. It’s a bit more gritty and cheesy compared to the other streets in the midtown area. Of course I’m old enough to remember just how sleazy it used to be. Still with the improvements we have only seen a couple of plays on 42nd Street over the years. One bright spot was the “ Stranger Things” exhibit they had that was there near 7th Avenue. It’s a free event but online reservations are necessary. We saw it before going to see Mrs. Doughtfire that evening. And yes, they sell some cool Stranger Things merchandise to take home.
Written December 19, 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I've read a lot about this very important cross-town street as it has an extremely important history. At the East you have the lovely apartments of Sutton Place and then the beautiful Ford Foundation building. The highlight in Grand Central Terminal which may be the world's most beautiful train station. Near it are some new skyscrapers and then the Art Deco marvel Chrysler Building. At the west end you have what is left of the famous theaters. Most have been torn down and this stretch has been cleaned up with lots of tall apartment buildings near the Hudson.
Written July 4, 2023
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Pete
Fredericksburg, VA1,201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
It’s NY’s theater district. How could anyone possibly think low rating? According to the internet, 11 of the theaters were built in the beginning of the 20th century. I found a very nice theater gift shop on 44th Street that I thought would have enough business to expand. Besides the typical t-shirt, sweatshirt stuff, a theater fan can also find things like sheet music books for all the musicals on Broadway and 42nd Street. I highly recommend stopping by Theater Circle Gift Shop.
Written April 10, 2024
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Irina
United States13,509 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A two-mile long 42nd Street crosses Manhattan from the East River in the east to the Hudson River in the west part of NYC, and it is known for its busy pace, heavy traffic, theaters -- New Amsterdam Theater, New Victory Theater, Regal E-Walk Theater complex, movie theater AMC Empire 25, also Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. All these attractions are in the east part of the street, in the area of Times Square and Broadway. Then the street crosses the 8th Avenue and goes further down to the Hudson River.

The skyscrapers flanking the 42nd Street in the Theater District, are decorated with some stunning neon billboards and digital screens. The aerial views of the 42nd Street from the top of some high-rises show a very busy, non-stop street life; and in the evenings the 42nd Street lightens up even more, after the shows theater goers fill up the pedestrian walk lanes on their way to Broadway, that welcomes them with even louder buzz and entertainment.
Written February 9, 2023
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
PROS
• Famous and iconic
• A lot of stuff there

CONS
• Busy and congested

“I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… on my walking expedition through midtown Manhattan (26K+ steps).

Full disclosure- I crossed this street at Broadway, but then found myself walking along 43rd or 44th Street towards my next destination- Bryant Park and Fifth Avenue.

TIP
• Read other reviews to decide if you want to visit
• Be careful and watch your belongings and the surroundings
Written June 22, 2022
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Alec D
Seattle, WA2,603 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
If you really want to see 42nd St. then by all means go...but it would not be on my list of recommended places to visit. (unless you have a specific reason) As a few others have said it's very commercial and very touristy
Written April 18, 2019
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The Five Road Trippers 🚙🎡🎢🧳
Long Island, NY16,137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
When I was young growing up on NYC in the 1980s, 42nd Street was a dump. Peep shows, strip clubs, and sex shops. Drug addicts walking up and down the street begging for money. Now it's cleaned up with shopping and restaurants. On the west side, it's an extension of Times Square.
Written November 10, 2018
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Carol K
New York City, NY427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
Here you will find the south end of the United Nations at the eastern end of the street, then the handsome Ford FOundation building with its grand indoor garden, opposite a cliff-top housing complex of the 1920s called Tudor City. Then you pass the old Daily News Building, whitish brick with terra-cotta and black spandrels and a large flat relief over the door. You continue past the Chrysler Building (go into its lobby), and Philip Johnson's triangular buildings, and then Grand Central Terminal (go into that, too), and then the New York Public Library (a must-see once the great reading room, 315, reopens after some repairs, probably in fall 2016), then Bryant Park and a sloping building opposite it, then some new (and old) skyscrapers en route to Times Square with its famous lights and the half-price theater-ticket booth, then lots of small theaters, and also the art moderne McGraw-Hill Building (greenish glazed brick) and at the far west end, the Javits Convention center near the Hudson River. No wonder "Forty Second Street" gets its own song!
Written February 19, 2016
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bob2bkk
Bangkok, Thailand5,927 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
I lived in NYC for 18 years, actually the back of my building was on 42nd street, and was recently back for a visit. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly, and happy to say that it now represents its famous reputation as best as ever. The street cuts east west thru Manhattan from the east river to the Hudson River. If you would like to take an easy tour of the street, take the number 42 bus either near the United Nations (east side) or near the circle line boat depot (west side) and ride the bus from one end to the other. You will get to see everything that the street has to offer. You will pass Grand Central Terminal at Park Ave. That is a visit in itself. Most people will congregate near Times Square so you will be between 8-9th avenue and Broadway and 6th avenue. It is an extremely busy area, both foot traffic and vehicular traffic, but it is very safe, just use common sense, watch wallets and bags and have a great time at the theaters, restaurants, bars, street performers, shopping and fabulous sights.
Written October 12, 2014
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Senthil Palanisamy
Coimbatore, India60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
All time crowded still very interesting place to take a walk with people. . International languages, different culture you will come across. . So many fast food shops, flim theater. . I like the street very much. .
Written August 10, 2014
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