Whether it’s to score Broadway tickets or check out the Naked Cowboy, Times Square is on the agenda for most tourists. Hence, the crowds, huge crowds. By day, the streets are filled with shoppers, sightseers, and New Yorkers heading to and from work, while at night, theatergoers flood the area. When the glare of three-story-tall billboards, flashing ticker tapes, and screaming marquees starts to overwhelm, head west to Hell’s Kitchen. Here, decently priced restaurants and bars provide refuge in which to refuel, regroup, and prep yourself for more crowds at Macy’s in nearby Herald Square.
The New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Times Square is free and you don't need a ticket, but crowds start lining up early and are fenced in. Visit the bathroom before you go.
Don't expect to catch a cab after an evening at the theater. Plan to walk several blocks or take the subway.
How to Get There:
A, C, E to 34th St. (Penn Station); 42nd St. (Port Authority)
N, Q, R, W, B, D, F, V to 34th St. (Herald Square)