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Times Square - The Crossroads of the World
New York City is known as the "city that never sleeps," and Times Square is certainly one of the reasons this city must have gotten its name. It seems like there is always activity in Times Square, no matter what time of the day or night, and there is plenty to do there to keep you active.
Times Square is located at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and it connects right to the Theater District, creating a major arts center for the city of New York. Times Square earned its name in 1904 when The New York Times headquarters moved to One Times Square.
Also known as The Crossroads of the World and the Great White Way, Times Square is one of the iconic landmarks in New York. The wall of LED signs in Times Square makes it one of the brightest parts of the city. In addition to all the lights, Times Square is also a foodie's paradise, with every nationality of food available there on Restaurant Row.
Times Square is also home to the famous New Year's Eve ball drop, which began in 1907, as well as the theaters of Broadway. If you want to take in any kind of show while you're in New York, then Broadway is the place to do it. There are numerous Tony-award winning shows going on there every day, and you can take a trip through history and visit your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
In 2009, Mayor Michael Bloomberg moved to make Times Square more pedestrian friendly so that it's much easier to walk and enjoy everything that Times Square has to offer. Some of the traffic lanes in the area were closed to create pedestrian walkways and ease traffic congestion. A smoking ban was even imposed in Times Square in 2011.