When you think of New York, you probably think of Times Square. The place seems like the beating heart of the city, and the famous electronic billboards that rise up the side of buildings are NYC icons. When you are lucky enough to visit in person, you will realise that it really is just as busy in real life as you saw in photos and in the movies!
Times Square is a major commercial intersection and neighbourhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as The Crossroads of the World. One of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections, it is also the hub of the Broadway Theatre District and a major centre of the world’s entertainment industry. Times Square is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, drawing an estimated fifty million visitors annually. According to the NYPD, approximately 330,000 people pass through Times Square each day.
I was lucky as my hotel was pretty close to Times Square (although not in it literally, as hotel prices here are WAY too expensive) so every morning and evening I made a habit of walking through Times Square to enjoy the atmosphere, take some photos, and grab myself a burger! Apart from a classic McDonald’s lining the streets, you can also find M&M’s World, Disney Store, the Coca-Cola neon sign, the Chevrolet digital clock, and a Planet Hollywood restaurant. It is very much entertainment central here, much like Leicester Square in London. Both of those locations are primarily focussed on the tourism trade – and there are the crowds to prove it!
Whatever time of day I visited Times Square, there was always something happening. There are even television studios located here, which broadcast 24/7, so the area is never quiet. Even in the dead of night, before dawn, there is a unique atmosphere at Times Square, with many of the fast food joints like McDonald’s still operating and still almost full, despite the ungodly hour!