Tour New York's Newest Entertainment Destrict on 42nd Street
[ NEW YORK, NY - NYC - 1/18/2010 - www.Littleviews.com ]
>> Move over Broadway! Discover New York's latest entertainment district.
Numbered "call-outs" mark points of interest on the map below. Refer to them throughout this article.
New York City features plenty of gritty, or "well used" neighborhoods. As an example, consider the east-side of the city's famous Garment District. The picture below of this area was taken from in front of the 41st Street NY NJ Port Authority building (the second of two buildings). It shows the contrast between the city's original "tall" buildings, related to increasingly newer skyscrapers, such as you'll see in this article. (2).
In front of the Port Authority's 41st Street Building (between 2 and 4 on the map) is a statue of Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason), a popular fictional New York City bus driver from the 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners.
Inside this building (3) is the Port Authority's main hall. At street-level is the soon-to-open Heartland Brewery, a symbol of New York City-brewed beer and dining. Inside the main hall are women's clothing shops, several coffee and pizza shops, a Radio Shack, and Hudson News (a magazine vendor). In back of the hall, you'll find a massive, ticket vending area, a bookshop, and best, spacious, clean, public restrooms.
Make a point of having your picture taken next to the frozen bus travelers, who have been standing in line since the 1970s. They are located in front of the Port Authority's main ticket area (near those clean, public restrooms).
Leaving the Port Authority building and walking to the corner of 40th and 8th Avenue (4), you'll see the scene below of the New York Times building. Shortly after this building was opened, a few publicity-seekers scaled the skyscraper by climbing its ladder-like facade. To reduce the possibility of this happening again, the facade was trimmed so it no longer reaches the first three floors.
Looking north along 8th Avenue, paying attention to the area between 41st and 42nd Streets (5), you'll see the about-to-be completed Eleven Times Square. Check its website to see its planned "wowzer" environment, including a new subway entrance and entertainment venues.
Across the street from Eleven Times Square on 42nd Street is the Westin Times Square Hotel. Prior to the construction of Eleven Times Square, it was easy to see this glistening, multi-colored building. Today, you need to make a point of observing this view.
The pictures above were taken from the corner of 41st Street and 8th Avenue looking north (4). Now we'll venture east on W 41st Street (5), between The New York Times and the Eleven Times Square buildings.
A bit further down 41st Street is the Nederlander Theater, one of New York's nine Broadway theaters that holds over 1,000 seats.
Turn to your left (north) at 41st and 7th Avenue. Just before heading west on 42nd Street (7), you'll see spectacular views of giant, flashing, graphical signs lining what is known as "Broadway."
Across the street from the New Amsterdam Theater is the ornate, New Victory Theater (8), which features live entertainment for kids and families. Just next to the New Victory Theater (out of view in the photo below) is the tiny-but-historically-interesting, Hilton Theater.
As you continue walking west on 42nd Street, you'll reach the ultra-popular Madame Tussauds (9), followed by the equally popular Ripley's - Believe It or Not Times Square. When it first opened, Ripley's received the distinction of an enthusiastic review in the New York Times. Visit this place! Just a bit more down the street is the game room, Dave & Busters, where you can drink, eat, play games, and be merry.
Just past Dave & Busters, heading west, is the stunning AMC Empire 25 theater, which a skyscraper movie-house nested inside of the walls of an historic theater.
Across the street from the AMC Empire 25 is the equally beautiful, multi-level Regal E-Walk Statium 13 Theater (near 10). To its right, you'll find additional attractions, such as the BB King Blues Club and Grill, which features musical entertainment and gospel brunches, and a large, delicious branch of the famous Dallas BBQ restaurant chain.
As always, no matter how many people are on the street, make a point to look UP! Near the corner of 42nd and 8th Avenue (10), you'll see more views of the stunning Westin Times Square Hotel (at night, you'll also see its traveling light). The currently under-construction Eleven Times Square building across the street is also spectacular, even though at this point, it is not completed.
We are now back where this tour started, at the corner of 42nd Street and 8th Avenues. I suspect that if you are curious and hungry, this area will take you several hours to tour. Make a point of going into buildings (if even at the door) to look around. And, of course, take pictures. You'll be amazed at the amount of detail your photos will hold!
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Article and photos by Karen Little. First published on 1/18/2010. All rights reserved by www.Littleviews.com.