Manhattan’s heart was once a hub for vice, teeming with sex shops and drug dealers. Over time that notorious reputation has eroded, and now the area can feel like a tourist-clogged shopping mall. Still, changes such as the stairs above the TKTS booth and a pedestrian plaza along Broadway have improved the sightseeing experience…sort of. If the thought of attending the annual glitzy New Year’s Eve celebration gives you hives, you can see the midnight countdown re-created on a smaller scale at the Times Square Visitor Center, thanks to one of the Waterford crystal balls used in years past.
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So, I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of Times Square.
It's crowded, loud, and hectic. People here don't really adhere to social norms, and will do anything from randomly stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to talking really, really loud on their cells.
On top of annoying tourists who seem to have all the time in the world based on their barely crawling speeds, you're also constantly bombarded by people selling their mix tapes, people trying to get you to see a "free" comedy show, and people dressed up in Disney/Marvel costumes asking if you'd want a picture.
And as if all of the above wasn't bad enough, you're also in tourist trap central, which means there's a dearth of good food/bars around you. Everything is overpriced, and the quality just isn't great.
However, all that being said, witnessing Times Square for the first time, especially at night, is truly a breathtaking sight to behold.
Here's how I feel about Times Square: If you've never been there, it should certainly be on your list of stops. It's one of the most photographed spots in the world and all those advertisements vying for your attention truly are mesmerizing. And after you've had your stop, immediately leave. It is constantly packed with tourists and just people in general, any food or drink in the area is found at exorbitantly overpriced chain restaurants or dinosaur restaurants that can charge whatever they want, and you really don't need anything you'll find in the stores nearby (no, you don't need M&M's with your face printed on them). Want fun New York touristy items? Hit the Bowery and leave this forsaken place behind.