Living in the Theatre District
Times Square may well be the busiest, loudest, and brightest blocks in America. The Theatre District, which starts here and runs north, is full of Broadway venues, big name stores, restaurants, hotels, and even some apartment you can rent. This is the stretch of Broadway known as The Great White Way. It's a neighborhood that's home to endless entertainments as well as publishers such as Condé Nast. You can live here too, if you're game.
The Theatre District runs from West 40th Street up to West 54th Street. It spans from Sixth Avenue to Eighth Avenue, and those are theatre-filled, blocks. The businesses here cater to-or quickly grow used to-a constant flood of visitors from out of town. Many find it a bit chaotic, but that's just want others want from the big city. If New York is the city that never sleeps, the Theatre District might be where it waits for dawn.
Theatre District Lifestyle and Entertainment
When you're discussing the Theatre District, talk tends to turn to entertainment. This stretch of city is a bonanza of stages, cinemas, and things to stare at-on and off the streets. Walk though Time Square and you'll be dodging people dazzled by all the sensory input. If you want to see a Broadway or Off-Broadway show, check out the TKTS booth near the corner of 47th Street and Seventh Ave. You can snag same-day tickets for up to 50% off. There's also everything from comedy clubs to live blues music.
If you're looking for a meal, Theatre District eateries run the gamut from cheap Japanese food at Yoshinoya, to the popular John's Pizzeria, to the ritzy Aureole. Drinks flow freely at the Pig & Whistle and the Perfect Pint. Shopping, as well, is big time here. You can find Fossil watches and Reebok sneakers and, naturally, an "I Love NY" t-shirt. It's a bit harder to find grocery in the Theatre District, but they're around. If you're looking for a park, Bryant Park sits just outside the neighborhood's southeast corner.
Theatre District Info and the Rental Market
This is a neighborhood that's best for 24-hour party people. Most of the residents are on the young side, and they're happiest if they don't mind city noise. Look on 50th Street for residential buildings. Rents for one-bedroom apartments begin at around $2,000 a month.
Times Square is public transportation wonderland. So many trains run through this station, you can walk blocks just switching tracks. It should only take you about fifteen minutes to get to the Financial District from here.
Theatre District Resources
Times Square is famous for its New Year's Eve celebration. An estimated billion people watch the ball drop from the top of One Times Square, live and via TV. The main branch of the New York Public Library is in Bryant Park, just a few blocks away. The Radio City Station US Post Office is on West 52nd Street, just past Eighth Avenue. Manhattan Community Board No. 5 covers the Theatre District.
Theatre District Zip Codes
Zip codes serving the Theatre District are 10018, 10019, and 10036.