Times Square

Times Square

The symbol of New York and the United States, Times Square is not called the world's crossroads for nothing, as only on one day more than 300,000 New Yorkers and city guests walk here. This is the place that reflects the entire palette of the New York mood in the heart of Manhattan. The name of the square originated in 1904 after the famous newspaper, New York Times, the headquarters of which is called Times Building and was built here in the early 20th century. On the New Year's Eve the square accommodates no less than a million people (while the live stream is watched by a billion viewers all over the world) to see the giant ball drop from the height of 23 meters reaching the lowest point exactly at midnight. It is noteworthy that the ball drop tradition dates back to 1907!

Today Times Square attracts millions of tourists with its spectacular choice of theatres, cinemas, various restaurants, high-class hotels and world-famous skyscrapers with colossal screens and neon ads. Right on Times Square you can stumble upon the Naked Cowboy with a guitar. This unusual street musician has long become a symbol of New York. He is popular among locals and tourists and his performance income can be several hundred dollars per hour. Moreover, anyone here can become part of an interesting flash mob. Not far from Times Square there is a statue near which numerous loving couples gather on August 14 to celebrate their love kissing and imitating the famous photograph taken on that square. The picture was taken on August 14, 1945 when president Truman announced Japanese surrender and the crowds were widely celebrating in Times Square. That was the moment when Life's photo correspondent Alfred Eisenstaedt took an unusual scene with a happy young sailor who was passing by a young nurse grabbed her for a few moments and passionately kissed her, then continued on his way. The photo became legendary and till today remains a symbol of peace for many Americans.

It is better to spend more than a day to get to know Times Square, so you might want to make a plan for sightseeing beforehand. Also you can start your morning here with a cup of coffee while participating in the crowd watching of popular Good Morning America show that ABC channel airs daily on the giant screen of its company building. In the square you will also find the 10-story Madame Tussauds museum, as well as Ripley's Believe it or Not! museum. On Broadway you will have a chance to see the best theatrical and musical performances, as all year round the hits from Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia and many other iconic productions can be watched here. Daily there is a huge line to TKTS booth because here you can buy tickets to Broadway theaters with considerable discounts. The tourists' attention is also grabbed by the world's biggest toy store called Toys 'R' Us.

In the northern part of Times Square there is small Duffy Square. Here stands a monument to Francis Duffy, a Catholic chaplain, who glorified his name during his brave service and assistance to the wounded on the battlefields during the First World War. Not far from here there is a statue to George Cohan, notable for his theatrical productions. Feeling the rhythm of life in Times Square, experiencing its expressiveness and brightness there is simply no chance you don't fall in love with New York.

Address: Times Square
How to reach: subway Times Square (1, 2, 3, 7, 7-express, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W, S); buses M7, M20, M42, M50, M104.