42nd Street
42nd Street
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California17,020 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic and Important Cross-Town Street
    I've read a lot about this very important cross-town street as it has an extremely important history. At the East you have the lovely apartments of Sutton Place and then the beautiful Ford Foundation building. The highlight in Grand Central Terminal which may be the world's most beautiful train station. Near it are some new skyscrapers and then the Art Deco marvel Chrysler Building. At the west end you have what is left of the famous theaters. Most have been torn down and this stretch has been cleaned up with lots of tall apartment buildings near the Hudson.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,761 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Road in New York
    I knew of the show 42nd Street which I had seen posters for in London's West End. It was only when I arrived in New York that I realised the significance of this road. It bisects Broadway and this location is Times Square which is one of the most hyped locations in Manhattan. The road stretches from one side on Manhattan to the other bisecting all the avenues along the way. Around Times Square is the busiest area and there are plenty of restaurants and attractions in this area. If you struggle with crowds avoid it!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Peter H
    Fredericksburg, Virginia985 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    NY’s famous theater district
    It’s NY’s theater district. How could anyone possibly think low rating? According to the internet, 11 of the theaters were built in the beginning of the 20th century. I found a very nice theater gift shop on 44th Street that I thought would have enough business to expand. Besides the typical t-shirt, sweatshirt stuff, a theater fan can also find things like sheet music books for all the musicals on Broadway and 42nd Street. I highly recommend stopping by Theater Circle Gift Shop.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 9, 2024
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Peter H
Fredericksburg, VA985 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
It’s NY’s theater district. How could anyone possibly think low rating? According to the internet, 11 of the theaters were built in the beginning of the 20th century. I found a very nice theater gift shop on 44th Street that I thought would have enough business to expand. Besides the typical t-shirt, sweatshirt stuff, a theater fan can also find things like sheet music books for all the musicals on Broadway and 42nd Street. I highly recommend stopping by Theater Circle Gift Shop.
Written April 10, 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,561 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
42nd Street is a busy thoroughfare that cuts through the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Along this cross-town route, you will walk from Times Square, along Bryant Park and the New York City Public Library, get views of both the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, cross 5th Avenue, pass by Grand Central Station and end up at the iconic Chrysler Building.
Written March 29, 2024
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leeswansea
Swansea, United Kingdom110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This is such a brilliant spot...we were west 42nd and it was so convenient and in the middle of everything. Wherever you want to go , its either close or within easy walking distance on their grid system. Also fab delis on 42nd ( near the irish pub) with astonishing choice of breakfast.
Written January 15, 2024
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I knew of the show 42nd Street which I had seen posters for in London's West End. It was only when I arrived in New York that I realised the significance of this road.

It bisects Broadway and this location is Times Square which is one of the most hyped locations in Manhattan.

The road stretches from one side on Manhattan to the other bisecting all the avenues along the way. Around Times Square is the busiest area and there are plenty of restaurants and attractions in this area. If you struggle with crowds avoid it!
Written November 4, 2023
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,540 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
42nd street runs across the main areas of activity in Manhattan. Lots of night life and just south of Times Square. Lots to see.
Written July 16, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,020 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I've read a lot about this very important cross-town street as it has an extremely important history. At the East you have the lovely apartments of Sutton Place and then the beautiful Ford Foundation building. The highlight in Grand Central Terminal which may be the world's most beautiful train station. Near it are some new skyscrapers and then the Art Deco marvel Chrysler Building. At the west end you have what is left of the famous theaters. Most have been torn down and this stretch has been cleaned up with lots of tall apartment buildings near the Hudson.
Written July 4, 2023
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Irina
United States11,116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A two-mile long 42nd Street crosses Manhattan from the East River in the east to the Hudson River in the west part of NYC, and it is known for its busy pace, heavy traffic, theaters -- New Amsterdam Theater, New Victory Theater, Regal E-Walk Theater complex, movie theater AMC Empire 25, also Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. All these attractions are in the east part of the street, in the area of Times Square and Broadway. Then the street crosses the 8th Avenue and goes further down to the Hudson River.

The skyscrapers flanking the 42nd Street in the Theater District, are decorated with some stunning neon billboards and digital screens. The aerial views of the 42nd Street from the top of some high-rises show a very busy, non-stop street life; and in the evenings the 42nd Street lightens up even more, after the shows theater goers fill up the pedestrian walk lanes on their way to Broadway, that welcomes them with even louder buzz and entertainment.
Written February 9, 2023
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Jessica O
Maidstone, UK221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
Lovely street to visit ,so much to see and do there.Restaurants,Theatres and lots of shops.Post Office,Subway and Bus station.
Written January 9, 2023
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
PROS
• Famous and iconic
• A lot of stuff there

CONS
• Busy and congested

“I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… on my walking expedition through midtown Manhattan (26K+ steps).

Full disclosure- I crossed this street at Broadway, but then found myself walking along 43rd or 44th Street towards my next destination- Bryant Park and Fifth Avenue.

TIP
• Read other reviews to decide if you want to visit
• Be careful and watch your belongings and the surroundings
Written June 22, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,020 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This is a major wide street that crosses the island and features all sorts of special places. My favorite is Grand Central Station. But you can also see Tudor City, the Ford Foundation, and, of course, the Times Square area. I actually avoid Times square as it is congested with too many people and it's too noisy. Some big theaters.
Written January 3, 2022
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