The urge to break into song is undeniable here, even if you don't have a gig at Carnegie Hall. Marquees lining Broadway from 42nd to 54th bring show tunes to mind, and Times Square may have you humming Auld Lang Syne months before New Year's Eve. The illuminated ball drop has heralded calendar changes in Times Square since 1908, but the neighborhood has changed around it. Blinking jumbotrons and digital stock tickers line Broadway's Great White Way, and family-friendly 42nd St. attractions like Madame Tussaud's and Ripley's Believe It or Not! help draw 39 million visitors annually to the area. Times Square underwear ads and underwear-clad singing Naked Cowboy are distant echoes of Midtown West's seedy Midnight Cowboy days in the 1970s, when hustlers and porn palaces greeted new arrivals around the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Smoking is among the many vices now banned in Times Square, and city planners are rebranding neighboring Hell's Kitchen as Clinton to make it seem less intimidating to Javits Convention Center visitors. But gentlemen's-club memorabilia still surfaces at Hell's Kitchen's Flea Market, and native New Yorker Lady Gaga keeps trying to shock seen-it-all Midtowners at Madison Square Garden. Think you can do better? Koreatown karaoke bars are standing by.
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Getting Around New York City
The best way to get around New York is by walking and using the subway. The subway and bus system generally runs 24 hours, with some exceptions. Taxis are readily available, but traffic can make it a costly and slow option.
Nearby Airports
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport-JFK
  • LaGuardia Airport-LGA
  • Newark International Airport-EWR
Airport Taxis
  • $52 from JFK
  • $26 from LGA
  • $35 from EWR
  • (All rates are exclusive of bridge and tunnel tolls, which can range from $4-$6.)
Things to Do and See Near Midtown West