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Times Square, New York

Times Square – New York at its flashiest – once called “The Crossroads of the World”, the one-time symbol of Manhattan glitz and glamour is an area New Yorkers love to hate and visitors flock to see every night of the year. With Neon signs, huge advertising boards, live TV broadcasts, great stores – Lego & M&M’s especially – gigantic American restaurants and not to mention Broadway Theatres.

The junction of Broadway and 7th Avenue became known as Times Square in 1904 when the offices for  the New York Times were opened and almost immediately, the invention of neon lights, the opening of the first subway line and the decision to site the city’s New Year celebrations here all conspired to make this triangular square the de facto centre of Manhattan. It is a must see place while on your New York holiday.

Since the 1990’s Times Square has seen a re-birth, the area has been cleaned up and re-glamourized, it is now as safe as any crowded urban area can be. Night-time is when Times Square really comes alive, it can get very crowded but if you’re on your first New York city break you will want some photos.

The Times Square Information Centre originally the attractive landmark Embassy Theatre is now dominated by a branch of McDonald’s but is a great place for buying tickets and obtaining useful information. If you are planning on going to a Broadway Show during your New York city break, it is best to book in advance to guarantee availability – go to the official Broadway Tickets site.

Broadway Theatres span out from Times Square, some of the highlights include:

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Broadway Shows, neon signs

Ed Sullivan Theatre – 697 -699 Broadway, “The Ed Sullivan Show”, the longest-running TV show was broadcast from here, today it is famous as the home of the “Late Show with David Letterman”.

Lyceum Theatre – 149 West 45th Street – it is Broadway’s most imposing structure with its magnificent Beaux Arts facade.

New Victory Theatre – 209 West 42nd Street – built by Oscar Hammerstein in 1899 and is the city’s family-orientated performing arts centre.

Paramount Theatre Building – 1501 Broadway – is crowned by a four-faced clock with a glass globe, a focal point of the area that is visible for miles when it is illuminated. The World Wrestling Entertainment’s 2,000 seat theme restaurant is in the old theatre space.

Times Square may not be your favourite experience on a New York holiday but at least once in your lifetime you need to go and visit.