Times Square is located in the midtown Manhattan district, and it is often referred to as “The crossroads of the world.” Set a stones throw away from the bright lights of Broadway, it’s the perfect base for those who want to experience the hustle and bustle of everyday New York City life. From the sight of the impressive skyscrapers to the aroma coming out of the many eateries, you will experience the daily routine played out before your eyes with a trip to this special part of the Big Apple.
What’s more, flight prices are becoming ever more competitive, meaning cheap holidays in New York are accessible to all. Below you will find some tips for getting the most out of Times Square.
Catching a show is high on the list for most visitors and it’s not hard to see why; many an unknown actor including Anthony Hopkins, has spent time gaining valuable experience this way before getting their big break. The theaters and their productions are second to none, and for fans and aspiring actors the world over, it’s seen as the mecca for the industry.
One of the best ways to get your hands on discounted tickets is to pre-book through reliable and up- to-date sellers, although you do have to register for some services it’s generally free to join and discounts of up to 50% can be made if you are booking quite far ahead. Plenty of big-name shows like The Phantom of the Opera are discounted, although this isn’t always the case for the very latest productions. Shows that have lit up the Broadway stage include Wicked, The Lion King and Matilda, to name just a few!
The Rockefeller Center
Visitors are given the opportunity to sample the breath taking panoramic views of the city by way of the Rockefeller’s observation deck at the summit of the building. Once inside the center, you can also explore the Channel Garden, a green expanse of plants and paintings and an oasis of calm in a bustling city. If you’re making the trip stateside during the winter months, be sure to sample the delight of the ice rink. With a limited capacity for the amount of skaters allowed on the rink, it’s a very personal and memorable experience.
Times Square is also a fantastic place to eat – with hundreds of options comprising every flavor and national dish at your fingertips you will never be short of choice when it comes to dining. There are places to suit every budget from the high-end, world famous restaurants, to the simple roadside carts.
If you’re looking for a truly unique dining experience head to Ninja New York on Hudson Street. The restaurant is a ninja themed eatery, where the wait staff really add to the experience by performing magic tricks and seemingly appear from the walls to serve your food! This is a fantastic place to take the kids and for those who are looking for a more memorable, informal atmosphere. Alternatively, fish fans will enjoy sushi at Blue Fin, while those who want to keep it simple should try the renowned pizza at Don Antonio by Starita.
New York truly is a city full of choice and variety, so why not take the plunge and experience life as a New Yorker for yourself in Times Square!
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