NYC Walking Tour: Times Square & Rockefeller Center

The third NYC Walking Tour is all about Times Square, Rockefeller Center. For an interactive version of the map above, please click here.

Starting at the corner of 42nd and Avenues of the Americas, Times Square is another iconic corner of NYC.  While most NewYorkers avoid it like the plague, tourists usually love this area that is always lit up with TV screens and billboards. If you want to buy a discounted Broadway ticket, you should do so at Tkts, in the center of the square. Then, proceed east to Bryant Park and the New York Public Library.  You can walk east to Gran Central and admire its Art Deco architecture, then you should head north on Fifth Avenue towards St Patrick Cathedral and Rockefeller Center.  The Rockefeller Plaza features an ice skating rink in the winter but if you are visiting right now you will notice a very nice restaurant and thousands of tourists.  For the most amazing 360 view of the city you should visit Top of the Rock, which is usually less crowded than the Empire State Building, especially if you buy tickets in advance. Around Rockefeller Center you should also check out the Radio City Music Hall and stop by the Gothic  Beauty of St. Patrick Cathedral. After your visit head north to 53rd street where you will find the Museum of Modern Art also known as MOMA: it is a lot of fun! The rest of Fifth Avenue is all about window shopping, walking north to the Plaza Hotel and Central Park South. You will find the famous Tiffany Store and other luxury retail stores with amazing windows and heart stopping price tags.  Walking west from there you will find Columbus Circle and Time Warner Center where you can stop for a bite to eat.

Are you a real NewYorker (and avoid Times Square) or do you like the square that never sleeps?