Times Square, which extends from Seventh Street to Broadway and West 42nd to West 43rd streets, gets its name from The New York Times. In 1904, the newspaper moved its offices to the newly erected Times building. Over the years, Times Square has become a major commercial hub and the site of celebrations such as the annual New Year's Eve ball drop. No matter the time of year, Times Square has several spots of interest to visitors.
Times Square Visitor's Center
Start your visit off at the visitor's center (timessquarenyc.org) at 1560 Broadway, near West 47th Street. The center offers books and pamphlets on the history of Times Square and sells tickets to Broadway shows. The walking tour starts out at the center every Friday at noon. This tour is free, but registration is required at the visitor's center information desk. The center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Drama Book Shop
This historical business moved in 2001 to its storefront (dramabookshop.com) at 250 W. 40th St., but has been selling scripts since 1917. Take home a piece of history with a copy of one of Broadway's famous plays or browse the shop and pick up an Oscar Wilde action figure. The store is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.
Mood Designer Fabrics
Check out the sewer's haven at Mood Designer Fabrics (moodfabrics.com) at 225 W. 37th St., 3rd floor. This shop, featured on the television show "Project Runway," is a massive space filled to the brim with textiles. Store hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mood is closed on Sundays.
Dave and Buster's
Visit the Times Square location of Dave and Buster's (daveandbusters.com) at 234 W. 42nd Street for a lot of fun while you eat. The restaurant is 31,500 square feet of food and arcade games, virtual simulators and carnival classics. The menu is mainly appetizers and easy pick-up items. There is a bar for adults. Dave and Buster's is even open on New Year's Eve, so partiers have a comfortable place to eat and play while they wait for the ball to drop. The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Thursday, and 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday.
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