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Times Square
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Times Square which includes street scenes, night scenes and nightlife

New York’s infamous neon wonderland is hustle and bustle at its best, and an essential stop for all tourists.

Locals might bemoan Times Square’s touristy hustle and bustle, but the neon wonderland is undeniably New York City's beating heart. Loud and chaotic, the crowded epicenter is one of the world’s most visited and recognizable tourist attractions.

This neighborhood was named for The New York Times, which moved its headquarters to the district in 1904. (the newspaper is now on Eighth Avenue; a stones throw away.) Times Square is nestled between West 42nd and West 47th Streets on Seventh Avenue. Having shaken off its reputation as a somewhat seedy area, visitors come in droves to experience the quintessential New York.

Lit up 24 hours a day, Times Square’s whirring news tickers, flashing stock exchange information and brash advertisements add to the ambience. There’s often a great assortment of local color to entertain visitors. You may find African drummers, jugglers, and dancers on any given day or night. For years the Naked Cowboy has been a tourist attraction: a street busker famous for playing guitar in his underwear. Impromptu musical performances and dramatic public speeches are common, and don’t be surprised if Mickey Mouse sneaks up behind you for a kiss. For a more sedate experience, Madame Tussauds Museum offers celebrities immortalized in wax. Broadway’s theater district extends off the center of Times Square. Hundreds of show-goers typically line up at the TIX outdoor booth to score half-priced tickets on the afternoon of performances in one of the 40 venues.

Those with a sweet tooth can get their fill at the enormous M&M’s and Hershey’s chocolate stores. Those seeking to watch the madness unfurl can pull up a chair in the square’s center, which is closed to passing traffic. Or, catch a movie in one of the area’s huge multiplex cinemas.

Times Square is brimming with memorabilia stores, from the upmarket to the kitschy, where you can snap up souvenirs such as “I Heart NYC” T-shirts and New York Yankees caps. There are also a wide variety of places to catch a meal, from fast-food to those famous New York delis that serve up huge bowls of Matzo ball soup and humongous sandwiches.

Times Square is located in the heart of New York City, on the west side. There’s a major subway station there and it’s easy to find a bus route through the area. Grand Central Terminal, the railway hub, is also located there.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Millennium Times Square New York
DoubleTree by Hilton Millennium Times Square New York
4 out of 5
145 W 44th St, New York, NY
The price is $78 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps from Times Square, Broadway, and Minskoff Theater. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Shubert Theatre are also within 5 minutes. ...
3.6/5Good! (4,577 reviews)
"Front desk service was fantastic, Syed at the desk went above and beyond in being very helpful."

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

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DoubleTree by Hilton New York Times Square West
DoubleTree by Hilton New York Times Square West
4 out of 5
350 W 40th St, New York, NY
The price is $91 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of American Lyric Theater and New York Times Building. Times Square and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum are ...
3.7/5Good! (3,192 reviews)
"It’s OK"

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

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Millennium Premier New York Times Square
Millennium Premier New York Times Square
4 out of 5
133 W 44th St, New York, NY
The price is $111 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps from Times Square and Broadway. 5th Avenue and Minskoff Theater are also within 5 minutes. 5 Av Station (W. 42nd St.) ...
3.8/5Good! (1,500 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 5, 2021

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DoubleTree by Hilton Millennium Times Square New York
DoubleTree by Hilton Millennium Times Square New York
4 out of 5
145 W 44th St, New York, NY
The price is $78 per night from May 16 to May 16
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DoubleTree by Hilton New York Times Square West
DoubleTree by Hilton New York Times Square West
4 out of 5
350 W 40th St, New York, NY
The price is $91 per night from May 10 to May 10
DoubleTree by Hilton New York Times Square West
Millennium Premier New York Times Square
Millennium Premier New York Times Square
4 out of 5
133 W 44th St, New York, NY
The price is $111 per night from May 9 to May 9
Millennium Premier New York Times Square
Arlo NoMad
Arlo NoMad
4 out of 5
11 East 31st Street, New York, NY
The price is $89 per night from May 9 to May 9
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Park Central Hotel New York
Park Central Hotel New York
4 out of 5
870 7th Ave, New York, NY
The price is $107 per night from May 9 to May 9
Park Central Hotel New York
New York Marriott Marquis
New York Marriott Marquis
4.5 out of 5
1535 Broadway, New York, NY
The price is $187 per night from May 12 to May 12
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InterContinental - New York Times Square, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental - New York Times Square, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
300 W 44th St, New York, NY
The price is $189 per night from May 12 to May 12
InterContinental - New York Times Square, an IHG Hotel
Club Quarters, Times Square - Midtown
Club Quarters, Times Square - Midtown
4 out of 5
40 W 45th St, New York, NY
The price is $95 per night from May 9 to May 9
Club Quarters, Times Square - Midtown
Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
4 out of 5
305 West, 46th Street, Manhattan, New York, NY
The price is $84 per night from May 10 to May 10
Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
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