If anything encapsulates the ‘city that never sleeps’ mantra of New York City, it’s the heartbeat of the city – Times Square. Famous for New Years celebrations, street performers and history as a no-go zone in the city, it’s simply somewhere that you have to visit.
“Hey! Yo! Big guy, you wanna go see a show tonight?” I’m flattered by the sales pitch but this isn’t an offer that i’m taking, nor am I going for the numerous identical offers that follow. This is a common occurrence throughout the experience. Times Square isn’t exactly a ‘sit on a park bench and people watch’ kind of spot.
Many a box office can be found here for tickets to Broadway shows. The neon signs penetrate deep into your retinas creating the hallucination of a life-size M&M asking you for $10 for a photo – in fact this isn’t a mirage, this is real.
Times Square screams excess. The Hard Rock Cafe is one of the focal points for the all-American tourist experience. Similar outlets such as TGI Friday’s and Mcdonalds are amongst the fast food offerings at a more sensible price mark.
One of the true highlights of Times Square is The Hershey’s Chocolate World Store. A Willy Wonka style arrangement of a candy store. Anything and everything revolving around the subject of American sweets can be found here, if you can see through the gaps in the tourists.
Accomodation always seems to be a sensible price in Times Square. This isn’t a bad thing if you prefer a lively scene throughout your holiday but for me it’s my idea of a nightmare having to remain in a cauldron of light and noise around the clock. Take careful consideration and don’t get sucked in by the price alone.
Busy, bustling and all-action. Times Square is everything that it appears and certainly lives up to the hype. It wasn’t quite our scene but it is one of those places that you have to tick off the bucket list.
Stay safe when in the area as with most tourist hot spots it is rife with pickpockets, scam artists and hustlers. If something looks too good to be true, the chances are that it probably is.
Overall, Times Square makes a big impression at first glance. The neon, the energy and the atmosphere is breathtaking and well worth checking out. The offputting aspects of every popular tourist attraction are also evident here. Either way, it’s a place that you simply have to visit.
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