Did you know that Longacre Square was renamed Times Square in 1904? Today, after more than a century, the commercial stretch witnesses nearly 380,000 footfalls every single day. In fact, 85,000 pedestrians enter the “Bowtie” between 7:00 pm and 1:00 am, according to figures released by Times Square District Management Association.
So, what allures this massive crowd? Less traffic, pedestrian friendly features and stunning lit billboards make it a popular attraction of Manhattan, says an article by US Local Guide.
Here’s all that you can do at this iconic NYC landmark.
1. Take a Walking Tour
If you want to see the world rush past, take a slow walk around the area. Times Square is usually thronging with crowds, even at night. There are plenty of street performers to entertain you for some tips. You can also see Palace Theater, Times Tower, Broadway Pedestrian Plaza, The Naked Cowboy, Cartoon Characters and the Time Ball. Soak in all the invigorating energy that seems to emanate from this area.
2. Satiate Your Sweet Tooth
M&M’s and Hershey’s are located near Broadway Avenue. If you are a true chocolate lover, make sure you drop by for a heavenly experience. Each brand has three floors, overflowing with chocolaty goodness. Additionally, you can gorge on meals from the food trucks, which will eventually support the local businesses.
3. Hear the Choir
If the crowd feels overwhelming, visit the Times Square Church for an evening or morning service. You can listen to a wonderful choir here. Although it is lesser known, the church can help restore peace of mind. It is free of cost and there are no restrictions on how much time you can spend inside.
4. Watch an Original Broadway Show
A visit to Times Square would be incomplete without catching an iconic play. Phantom of the Opera, Diana, Frozen and The Lion King are a much watch. Look out for TKTS booths, which offer discounted tickets for same day performances.
5. Experience Midnight Moment
This is the world’s biggest digital art exhibition, which takes place from 11:57 pm to 12:00 am. Annually, 2.5 million people view this impressive synchronization of huge flashy billboards. This whimsical moment is definitely an experience of a lifetime.
Fridays and Saturdays are the most crowded days at Times Square, while Sundays are relatively empty, says an article on Insider. So, if you are worried about being trampled by those huge crowds, adjust your itinerary accordingly. In all, sparing two to three hours would be enough to have a fulfilling experience.