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Phantom of the Opera On Broadway
Ranked #8 of 1,175 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: The most famous theater district in the world.
Reviewed January 18, 2014

Excellent place to visit, just so busy. Better to go early morning when there are less people around!

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Reviewed January 18, 2014

Broadway runs the whole length of the island of Manhattan. It starts at Bowling Green, opposite Battery Park in the Lower Manhattan financial district; at the very northern end of the island it crosses into the Bronx. Walking is enjoyable anywhere along its course; it passes many important landmarks. As anywhere in New York City, it's worth bringing a copy of the architectural guidebook AIA GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY.
In Lower Manhattan, there is Trinity Church (1846), then St Paul's Chapel (1766), then the Woolworth Building (1913); the latter has an obnoxious sign on the Broadway-side entrance saying "no tourists beyond this point" - just enter on Barclay Street instead (which has no sign), to see the magnificent lobby. Just after this is City Hall (1812), which you can most definitely NOT enter! Soon after this, at Duane Street, is the African Burial Ground (enter from that street).
Further Uptown, you pass Tribeca, then SoHo. In this neighborhood, a major shopping strip, you go through the SoHo Cast-Iron Historic District (see the SoHo review). After this you pass Greenwich Village on the west, with NoHo on the east; Broadway then passes Union Square, a beautiful park with a fine equestrian statue of George Washington (see that review). By now, New York's famous grid system has set in in earnest, & Broadway follows a diagonal course through Manhattan; it soon passes the even more beautiful Madison Square Park (see that review). Here it intersects with 5th Avenue at one of Manhattan's many small triangle parks.
We are now in Midtown, & Broadway, just like any street, is flanked by tall buildings. Broadway intersects with 6th Avenue at Greeley Square (33rd Street) & Herald Square (34th Street); both "squares" are interesting - at the latter is Macy's, said to be the world's largest department store; at both squares you have a view of Empire State Building, a block to the east. After this you pass through the Garment District; at 39th Street take a quick detour to 7th Avenue to see the "Needle Threading a Button" sculpture, & the Garment Worker statue (very clearly an Orthodox Jew). At 43rd Street to 46th Street Broadway intersects with 7th Avenue; this is Times Square (see that review).
After passing many busy Midtown blocks, Broadway intersects with 8th Avenue at 59th Street/ Central Park West. This is Columbus Circle, with a statue of Christopher Columbus & a miniature copy of the Unisphere (for the original, see the Corona Park review). On the west are the glassy twin towers of the Time-Warner Center (2003); on the north-east is the south-eastern corner of Central Park; & on the north is the Maine Memorial, commemorating those who fought in the Spanish-American War.
Here Broadway enters the Upper West Side (see that review), passing the Lincoln Center on the western side; immediately after this, at 65th Street, Broadway intersects with Columbus Avenue (in Midtown called 9th Avenue); then, at 72nd Street with Amsterdam Avenue (10th Avenue). Broadway now straightens out, eventually merging with West End Avenue (11th Avenue). Broadway enters Morningside Heights, passing Columbia University; it then goes through Manhattanville (western Harlem), Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights & Inwood; in the latter neighborhood, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (1785), at 204th Street, is well worth visiting (see that review).
After this, Broadway soon crosses the Harlem River on the Broadway Bridge into the Bronx, which has a wealth of things to see & do - New York isn't just Manhattan! By the way, also the Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee, is worth visiting, as is Broadway Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma!

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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Spiderman show on broadway was recommended by someone so we decided to see the same on our visit to NY in September last.The weather was good and we went and bought discounted ticket from discounted ticket window at Times Square for broadway shows.However we learned later on reaching Pinewood Theater that last minute ticket was even more discounted at theater window.
The show was very good and with one interval it lasted two and half hour.No Photography is allowed inside the theater.We now plan to see another show on broadway when we visit Times Square next time.

Thank ashoksaxena99
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

We chose to go downtown on a weekend evening, in August this past year on our first visit to NYC. Do not go in the summer if you have allergies! Between the millions of smokers, cars, bbq street vendors, and exhaust from buses, it is a nightmare! Everything was so filthy and the nasty air came up from the subway below too! I don't know how anyone can breathe in so much polluted air and not get sick! The street actors and peddlers were quite pushy too, how do you escape from Hello Kitty and a woman with a painted outfit on who are trying to rob you! The noise, traffic, throngs of people, and horrible smells seemed like a bad nightmare for about an hour that we were down there! Never again!

Thank Barbisurf
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

Don't limit yourself to Times Square but walk to the Ground Zero through Chelsea. A lot to see and interesting shops

Thank Neil W
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