6.3 out of 10

Times Square

Ranked 28th best neighborhood in Manhattan
40.7595209413923 -73.9883248808997
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Clean & Green
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Singles
  • Retirees

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Times Square – Be Prepared to Call Tourists Your Neighbors"

Times Square is primarily thought of as a commercial area, but there is plenty of housing if you know where to look. The side streets are rich with small, old buildings with units for rent and for sale. There are studios, and one-bedrooms, but you can also find spacious floor-through lofts.

There are two major downsides to this lively area: tourists and dirt...and they’re related to some degree. Because so many people in Times Square are visitors – from other parts of Manhattan, from other boroughs, and from other countries -- they have no community pride and seem to be unconcerned about throwing their garbage on the streets. These visitors clog the streets on weeknights and weekends, turning Times Square into a sea of humanity that’s hard to navigate.

There are two major upsides to Times Square: food and entertainment. Times Square is home to dozens of movie houses and theatres, as well as jazz clubs, strip clubs, and comedy clubs. There are literally hundreds of restaurants in the area, ranging from chain eateries (like Red Lobster) and fast food (McDonalds) to upscale dining options. And on ‘Restaurant Row,’ a block of West 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, you can rub elbows with Broadway stars and chorus kids at iconic theatre district restaurants such like Joe Allen’s

If you live right off of Times Square (east or west of Broadway and 7th Avenue from 42nd to 47th Street), you will enjoy an endless stream of free outdoor entertainment. The area is home to major broadcasting companies such as ABC and MTV, and every month they and other business enterprises turn Times Square into a performance space, with concerts, fashion shows, and product launches.

There’s great everyday shopping just a block away on 8th Avenue where you can find shoe repair shops, supermarkets, and pharmacies. The area is heavily patrolled, but it is also considered a terrorist target and several plots have been foiled there. And when the garbage cans are removed and the manholes sealed for New Year’s Eve, it is hard to think of Times Square as safe.
Pros
  • Theaters
Cons
  • Threat of Terrorism
  • lots of crowds
  • Dirty
  • Noisy
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Times Square: Youre Not Here for Quiet .. Youre here for WOW!"

Many years ago, Times Square was dingy, dirty and a place many New Yorkers tried to avoid at all costs. Porno and drug dealers abounded until the mayor at the time took an interest and cleaned it up. Now it's a lovely, glitzy spectacle that draws millions of visitors. Movie theaters, shows, restaurants, lots of shops, snack stores, comedy clubs -- you name it, Times Square has it. The neon lights are what draw most visitors. And in a busy season, there are plenty of people walking the streets. You will have to walk slow because that's how many people will be around. You'll have to dodge them! This is also where the ball drops ringing in the New Year so you will have to arrive super early (like that morning) if you want to beat the barricades before the police start erecting them. Once you are barricaded into a spot, you won't leave it until the ball drops. Many people spend hours standing there waiting for the ball to drop but it is one of the best experiences to watch the confetti drop out of high-rise windows in Times Square. The hotels will be super expensive. If you can afford it, find a hotel along the West side or further down town to get a better buy. The area really doesn't offer a lot of housing but what is available is very expensive. Transportation abounds! You can catch subway trains and buses that go outside of NY from the Port Authority.
Pros
  • Theaters
  • Shopping
  • Ball drop on New Years Eve
Cons
  • lots of crowds
Recommended for
  • Tourists
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A place where few New Yorkers venture (unless forced)"

Most New Yorkers will tell you that they are not fans of Times Square - it's crowded, dirty and full of tourists who move at a strangely slow pace. But in fact there are people who live in this neighborhood, and I once heard one actually praise the tourists who frequent the area because he appreciated their great appreciation for New York - tourists don't take this city for granted, he said.

This neighborhood is a must-see for all first-time tourists - I know it was certainly on my list when I was a teenager visiting the city for the first time. There is nothing like Times Square in the rest of the country, that's for sure.

So there you have it: this area has its ups (amazing theater shows, a function as a unique tourist destination, sidewalks that actually sparkle) and its downs (crowds, tourists traps, too many chain restaurants).
Pros
  • bright lights, Broadway shows
Cons
  • CROWDS
  • traffic
  • chain restaurants at every turn
Recommended for
  • Tourists

Best Streets in Times Square

1

Shubert Aly

3.5/5
"Nothing Sings Broadway More Than Schubert Alley"
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2

West 42nd St

3/5
"What a beauty"
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3

West 50th St

1.5/5
"Some Great Theatres and a lot of people always"
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Unranked Streets in Times Square

Broadway

1/5
"The lights! Dear, god the lights!"
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8 Ave

3.5/5
"Top of the Rock"
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9 Ave

2.5/5
"Not bad for an Avenue . . . especially in this neighborhood"
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West 41st St

2.5/5
"Very tourist heavy"
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"Too many people and nothing cool to do"
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West 44th St

3.5/5
"Big Theatre Row"
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West 45 St

2.5/5
"Tons of theatres"
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