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Theater District

44th Street in Manhattan's Theater District.

Bright and Booming: Broadway is at the Heart of NYC's Glitziest Treasure

The lights are glowing and glittering more than ever on Broadway, where New York's major theaters are located, with their star-studded casts and elaborately staged productions perform nightly to the delight of their many fans.

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At a Glance

  • Light bright: Broadway was nicknamed the Great White Way in 1902 because millions of bulbs illuminated its marquees and billboards.
  • Past life: Broadway (the street) was once an Algonquin Indian trade route called the Wiechquaekeck Trail.
  • Prime spot: Only four Broadway theaters are actually on Broadway: The Marquis, The Palace, The Winter Garden and The Broadway.

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About Theater District

Broadway is the New York Theater District's main attraction. But the area also contains unique shopping opportunities, novelty museums, a wide variety of restaurants and those dazzling electric signs. Pedestrian plazas in Times Square, the district's core, are always crowded. People watching is a prime sport. The crime and X-rated scene that plagued the area in the 60s and 70s are long gone. Now, family-friendly venues like Toys "R" Us (with a Ferris wheel inside) coexist peacefully with comedy Read More [+]

LIVING in Manhattan

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Ethnic Eats: Best Places to Shop and Snack

New York City has been known as the “Great Melting Pot” since the early 1900s, and all those years of cultural diversity have had quite a positive impact on its food. Wandering from borough to borough and neighborhood to neighborhood, nomadic Read More »


Secrets to Getting a Hot Table in New York City

Secrets to Getting a Hot Table in NYC

It’s an all-too familiar scenario: an out-of-town couple visiting New York for their anniversary want to dine at the hottest spot in town. Read More »

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