New York Sights to See - Broadway
Along Broadway in downtown Manhattan
there are more things to do and see on one street than in many large
cities. This long avenue runs north-south, mostly, and its
deviations are appropriate to its role in the life of New York. Always an iconic New York sight to see, Broadway is home to business, theater, dining, shops and a host of famous buildings.
Where Broadway intersects Fifth Avenue,
at 23rd street, lies the turn-of-the-century Flatiron
Building, formerly the Fuller Building
Located on a triangular plot, this wedge-shaped 21-story
office building has attracted the curious since its completion in 1901.
Even then, the unusual site produced wind gusts that lifted
skirts, attracting male onlookers who were shooed away by the
policeman's once-famous phrase "23 Skidoo". At least, that's
one story of the origin of the phrase.
Only a little further up, at 233 Broadway, is the medieval-looking Woolworth
Building. Completed in 1913, it was the tallest
building in New York prior to the completion of the Chrysler Building,
designed by architect William
Van Alen. Even today its tall floors combine to
reach the equivalent height of an 80-story skyscraper. Inside, its
cathedral-like décor makes this massive tower an
architectural marvel inside and out.
Only ten minutes further north is Times Square, recognized the world over as the home of New Year's neon lights and nightly Broadway theater. Centered at 42nd Street, it runs roughly from 8th Avenue to Broadway and up to 46th Street. The boundaries are not exact - the theaters are housed as high as 53rd.
In the daytime, it's just a busy mid-town area where taxis zoom through clothing designers carting their creations and the New York Times creates a daily newspaper. At night, the lights sparkle and the city begins to dance to the latest Broadway tune.
Inexpensive, last-minute tickets to a show can sometimes be had for
those wishing to wait in line at TKTS
in the heart of the area. 25-50% discounts are common, but availability
is hit-or-miss. (And half of $100 still ain't cheap!)
A rejuvenation in the 1990s made the once-seedy district safe and
family friendly with a Disney
Megastore, comedy clubs and much more.
But, there are also restaurants and shops and people watching to amuse
and delight the traveler. Not least of the eateries is The Rainbow Room
at Rockefeller Center
just north of Times Square
at 48th Street. Not to be outdone, though, is the famous deli: Lindy's. Cheesecake
isn't the only thing famous at 1655 Broadway, where sooner or later all
the celebrities come to eat.
Continuing past these landmarks one sooner rather than later reaches Columbus
Circle at 59th Street, the site of several
famous movie scenes along with the giant Paramount (Gulf &
Communications building atop the subway entrance. Wind
gusts here can combine with the rain and polished plaza stone to
actually push a pedestrian backwards!
Veering left at the corner of Central Park and continuing north a couple of blocks is the Lincoln Center music and dance complex. At 62nd. Home to the world-class American Ballet Theater, the Joffrey and other companies, the center also hosts the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. The famous performing school, Juilliard is also located here.
Whether your taste is theater, dining, shopping, or just plain looking Broadway offers something for every taste.
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