Theatre District in New York

The Theatre District in New York is one of the most visited neighborhoods in New York. No wonder, because the highlights include Broadway, Times Square and the many Broadway theaters.

The theatres are the namesake of this district in Midtown Manhattan, because here you will find over 30 theaters that perform world-famous musicals and shows such as Aladdin, Hamilton, Book of Mormons or The Lion King.

My TOP 5 in the Theatre District

  • See Times Square at night
  • Go to a musical on Broadway
  • Eating delicious street-style tacos at Los Tacos No. 1
  • Enjoying the view from the rooftop bar The Skylark
  • Going to our favorite pub Connolly’s

Where is the Theater District located?

The Theater District is bounded by 6th Avenue on the east and 8th Avenue on the west, with Broadway running through the middle. It stretches from 41st Street in the south to 54th Street in the north – so it forms a normal rectangle.

Theatre District NYC Map

How to Get to the Theatre District NYC

  • Metro: Subway lines B D F M to “47-50 Sts Rockefeller Ctr” or 1 2 3 7 N Q R W to “Times Square – 42 St”
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus: Stops 1, 14, 15 and 16 of the red downtown route and stops 18, 19, 27 and 28 of the blue uptown route of BIG BUS (the dark red buses) or stops 1 and 2 of the red downtown route and stops 18 to 21 of the blue uptown route of Gray Line Sightseeing (the ones with the bright red buses).My tip: the tickets for the buses are included in many of the New York City passes – which one is the best for you, you can see in my Pass Comparison for New York!

Attractions in the Theatre District in New York

The major New York attractions are all within easy reach from here, as you are right in the center of Manhattan.

  1. Al Hirschfeld Theatre Broadway New York

    01 Al Hirschfeld Theatre

    The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is one of the most beautiful Broadway theaters in New York. It was built in the Byzantine style. Lovingly restored ceilings and ornaments can be discovered everywhere, from the lobby to the opulently designed auditorium. It was ceremoniously opened on November 11, 1924, when it was called the Martin Beck Theatre. The Broadway theater received its current name in 2003 in honor of the cartoonist Albert Hirschfeld.

    If you talk to New Yorkers, you will especially feel the enthusiasm for the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. After all, it is one of the oldest and most important theaters in the city. It feels incredibly cozy and familiar, if only because of the way it was built back then with rather narrow rows of seats. You’ll definitely get a feel for 1920s New York here—wonderful!

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    02 Ambassador Theatre

    The Ambassador Theatre is a very special Broadway theater in Manhattan‘s Theater District for several reasons. One of the most successful musicals, Chicago, has been performed here since 2003, and it is an official New York City landmark. However, that’s not all! Along with being a theater, since it opened on February 11, 1921, it has, over the course of time, also become a cinema and a TV studio.

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    03 August Wilson Theatre

    The August Wilson Theatre opened in 1925 and was renamed very regularly through various changes of ownership. In 1925 it was called Guild Theatre, from 1950 ANTA Theatre and from 1981 Virginia Theatre. It was only in 2005 that it was given its present name in honor of August Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize winner.

    It reminds us a little of the Walter Kerr Theatre, which, like the August Wilson Theatre, has retained its old New York charm to this day.

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    04 Belasco Theatre

    The Belasco Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in New York. It opened back in 1907 under the name Stuyvesant Theatre. The expensive construction was financed by entrepreneur David Belasco, who gave it his own name three years later.

    One of the greatest actors of our time, Marlon Brando, was discovered here when he played a leading role in the play Truckline Cafe in 1964. In 2019, the film The Irishman by Martin Scorcese premiered here when the theater became a movie theater, and the film was screened for a month.

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    05 Broadhurst Theatre

    The Broadhurst Theatre is located right between the Majestic Theatre and the Shubert Theatre on 44th Street not far from Times Square. It was designed by the famous theater architect Herbert Krapp and opened on September 27, 1917. It is one of the official landmarks of New York. It was named in honor of George Howells Broadhurst, one of the most famous playwrights of his time.

    The Broadhurst Theatre has hosted several world-famous shows, such as Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!, and Anastasia.

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    06 Broadway Theatre

    The Broadway Theatre is one of the very few theaters in New York that is actually on Broadway. It has had an eventful past, has had four other names, and has been the setting for many famous musicals, such as Evita, Les Misérables, King Kong, and, most recently, West Side Story.

    Opened on December 24, 1924, it is recognizable from afar as the “Broadway Theatre,” with letterings that extend from the first to the seventh floor of the building.

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    07 Brooks Atkinson Theatre

    The Brooks Atkinson Theatre is a truly beautiful theater not far from Broadway. It was built in 1926 and was then called the Mansfield Theatre. It got its current name in 1960; Brooks Atkinson was responsible for rating Broadway shows at The New York Times and was one of the most influential people of his time.

    In 2000, it was restored with great attention to detail, including the 1960s chandelier, which is once again an integral part of the interior.

  8. Eugene O’Neill Theatre Broadway New York

    08 Eugene O’Neill Theatre

    Located in the heart of the Theater District, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre is one of the most famous Broadway theaters in New York. It opened in 1925 and was renovated in 1959; it retains this wonderful charm to this day. The atmosphere is very cozy, but no matter where you sit, your view of the stage is excellent.

    What you will also like about the Eugene O’Neill Theatre is the comfortable seats. So, you will find everything you need there to have a good time in New York.

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    09 Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

    The theater opened in 1918 as the Plymouth Theatre and is one of several buildings on Broadway designed by architect Herbert Krapp (along with the Broadhurst Theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, the Walter Kerr Theatre, the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and the Imperial Theatre). It is owned by the Shubert Organization, which operates five well-known theater buildings in New York. Its longtime chairman, who served 36 years at the helm, was Gerald Schoenfeld. Posthumously, it was renamed as a token of appreciation.

    At the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, you can expect an atmosphere typical of theaters from that era; inside, it’s ornate, very well-mounted, and rather cozy because the chairs and rows were tightly planned.

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    10 Gershwin Theatre

    The Gershwin Theatre is quite modern compared to other theaters on Broadway, as it was built in the Art Nouveau style and only opened in 1972 (also known as Art Nouveau). Therefore, some things are different here: the seats are similar to those of sports stadiums, there is plenty of space between rows, and it is more openly designed. It was named after brothers George and Ira Gershwin, who wrote many Broadway shows together, one as a composer and the other as a lyricist.

    With 1,933 seats, it is the largest Broadway theater in New York, so it is a popular choice for major musical productions. It has been the site of musicals such as Starlight Express, Oklahoma, and, most recently, Wicked.

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    11 Hudson Theatre

    Located next door to the Belasco Theatre, the Hudson Theatre is the oldest Broadway theater in New York. Opened in 1903, it has even been a night club and a TV and radio studio over the years. Since 2017, it has been used for shows again and has been extensively restored for this purpose.

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    12 Imperial Theatre

    The Imperial Theatre was designed by architect Herbert Krapp, who was also responsible for the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, the Majestic Theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, the Walter Kerr Theatre, the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and the Broadhurst Theatre. It opened in 1923 and, despite its size, has retained its charm to this day.

    It’s a beautiful theater with red velvet seats, gorgeous chandeliers, and lots of ornamentation; it’s exactly how you’d imagine a 1920s Broadway theater to look.

The Best Guided Tours

There are tours  where New York guides show you the neighborhoods. Times Square and Broadway are topics for example with these tour operators:

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Things to Do in Theatre District NYC

Our favorite spots for bars and restaurants around Times Square are revealed here:

Restaurants

Although there is the so-called Restaurant Row in the Theater District with many restaurants in a very small space, most of them are focused on tourists. Which ones we can recommend to you are these:

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    01 Brooklyn Diner

    Even if the name doesn’t suggest it, the diner is really close to Times Square! The Brooklyn Diner is a diner like it is in a book: both from the outside and the inside. Try the pastrami or the French toast.

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    02 Los Tacos No. 1

    Los Tacos No. 1 in Times Square is rightly very popular: in the “standing snack bar” everything revolves around tacos & quesadillas. Wonderfully traditional, cheap and really delicious. What’s special about it? The handmade tacos taste like in Mexico, because instead of wheat flour (as it is unfortunately often done for cost reasons) real corn flour is used for production. My tip: Take the tacos with grilled cactus!

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    03 Amorino Gelato and Cafe

    New York has been home to many Italian immigrants since the 1860s, so of course, a gelato place has to be included on the list of best ice cream shops NYC. Amorino Gelato and Cafe was established by childhood best friends Cristiano Sereni and Paolo Benassi. Their dream was to recreate a piece of their homeland in New York by serving authentic gelatos and sorbets. Amorino is known for its rose-shaped gelato cones, which can include up to 7 flavors in a small cone – one for each petal! These flavors include the traditional stracciatella, pistachio, amarena, hazelnut, and blueberry cheesecake. 

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    04 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

    Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get. – Forrest Gump. We all love him and know his story inside and out. So we know what Bubba Gump means, right? A visit to the restaurant of the same name in Times Square is a must for all fans of Forrest Gump or seafood.

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    05 Carmine's Italian Restaurant

    I love the concept of Carmine’s: the portions are huge and – like an Italian family meal – are meant to be shared. Just put them in the middle of the table, add a glass of red wine and you feel like in Italy! The waiters are super-nice and the restaurant itself is suitable for families with children. I was there with my family (2 children) and both of my friends were delighted.

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    06 Dos Caminos

    Dos Casminos is especially known for its spicy guacamole and the very good sangria. The charm that the restaurant exudes in each of the 5 locations is absolutely authentic Mexican and provides a successful change after a long working day or a strenuous sightseeing day.

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    07 Ellen's Stardust Diner

    The Ellen’s Stardust Diner is especially well known among the visitors of the city. The highlight at Ellen’s Stardust Diner are the waiters who once were musical stars on Broadway. So if you like music of any kind and enjoy it most during a live performance with pancakes, milkshakes and burgers, then Ellen’s Stardust Diner is the place to be. Here you will find the perfect mix of milkshakes and musicals very close to the world-famous Times Square in New York.

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    08 Hard Rock Cafe NYC

    One thing is for sure, whoever loves the Hard Rock Cafe should also stop by in New York. The selection in the shop is gigantic and 1 floor below you find the restaurant. On the menu you will find the Hard Rock Cafe typical dishes and you will definitely get full, because the portions are huge. Attention: with the beer the surprise comes with the bill. Unfortunately there are no prices on the menu.

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    09 Haven Rooftop & Restaurant

    In the heart of the Theatre District on Times Square you will find the Haven Rooftop & Restaurant. It is on the 10th floor of the Sanctuary Hotel at 47th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue and offers you a sensational perspective. Although it is in Times Square, it is surprisingly quiet. I love the mix of “being in the middle of the city” and “still having peace and quiet” – and that’s exactly what you can expect there.

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    10 Junior's Cheesecake

    Junior’s ist eine amerikanische Restaurantkette und berühmt für die besten Cheesecakes! Die besten Cheesecakes in New York oder gar der Welt? Ganz egal – sie schmecken jedenfalls wirklich köstlich und sind ein wahrer Klassiker in New York.

  11. 11 Lillie’s Victorian Establishment

    There’s something indescribably spooky about the Victorian era. The setting for so many of our Halloween classics, from Frankenstein to Dracula and more, this is one area that made the ghoulish traditions we have today really come alive.

    That’s what makes Lillie’s Victorian Establishment such a great addition as a NYC Halloween theme restaurant. Created in honor of British actress Lillie Langtry, the restaurant is full of Victorian details like ornate wood carvings, an antique marble bar, and period-specific furnishings.

    With menus for brunch and dinner and a long list of wines, beers, and cocktails available at both Union Square and Times Square, Lillie’s Victorian Establishment will make your Halloween weekend a special one.

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    12 Nebula

    Times Square is home to a new club in NYC, Nebula. It will be the largest nightclub in the city and extends over 3 floors. The head behind the Nebula is no stranger: Richie Romero runs, among others, the 1Oak Club, which has attracted many celebrities for years.

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    13 O'Donoghue’s Times Square

    Located in the heart of New York City, O’Donoghues’s Times Square is one of the most popular Irish pubs in NYC. This pub is known for its live music, ten flat-screen TVs, happy hour specials and is a favorite to watch sporting events or host a party. The menu features classic Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie and Guinness beef stew, as well as American favorites with an Irish twist like their Reuben egg rolls. Whatever you order, make sure to try the shepherd’s pie!

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    14 Schnipper's

    Schnippers is a very popular restaurant that falls into the fast food category. Here you can also find healthy food, which is actually healthy and the price is also right. By the way: even the wine and beer is recommendable.

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    15 Sushi Lab Rooftop Restaurant

    Ready for a fusion of Japanese sushi with one of NYC’s best rooftop views? Sushi Lab is an outdoor rooftop terrace overlooking Midtown. With a warm and inviting rooftop, this may be one of the cozier ways to take in New York’s high-rises.

    Given that sushi is often an individual experience – maybe you like maki rolls, maybe you prefer sashimi – our recommendation here is really to dive into the 15-course omakase menu. A chef’s choice of fresh cuts and interesting preparations will give you plenty of time to savor each flavor – and the ambiance of the view.

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    16 The Lambs Club

    As soon as you enter the restaurant (it’s in the hotel lobby, the bar is one floor up) you will notice the noble atmosphere. Dark wood and many shades of red determine the interior, we especially like the bar. The food itself is sensational, not cheap but definitely worth its price. Main courses start at $30, the multiple awarded wines start at $15 per glass (!). For a romantic ending or the beginning of a musical The Lambs Club at Times Square is perfect.

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    17 The Long Room

    The Long Room is a mix of a club atmosphere featuring elements of the classic Irish pub. With a large selection of imported and craft beers on tap, as well as an extensive whisky menu, this bar is perfect for those who want to experience a bit of everything. The food menu includes Irish staples like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips, as well as American favorites like burgers and pizza. Plus, they have live music every night. Make sure to try the Bavarian Uber Pretzel and the Skillet Roasted Chicken when you visit!

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    18 The View

    The View is a revolving restaurant offering amazing views of New York.

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    19 Toloache

    Toloache is a chef-owned Mexican restaurant with locations in the Upper East Side and the Theater District. These fine-dining restaurants are modern and will give you the perfect culinary experience. They have a tasting menu with three types of guacamole, including traditional guacamole, fruity guacamole, and spicy guacamole. The menu is Mexican fusion, and each of their tacos is made with innovative components. For example, try the vegan calabacita taco with zucchini, corn, spicy kale, and queso fresco. If you feel like a classy taco, try the langosta tacos made with spicy lobster. These spicy lobster tacos are some of the best tacos in New York. 

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    20 Tony's Di Napoli

    A lot like Carmine’s is Tony’s Di Napoli. Thanks to the friendly and cordial staff, we felt like we were in an extended Italian family. Pleasant atmosphere & hustle and bustle do it by the way. The portions are also large here, so that they are perfect for sharing. My tip: try the Frozen Peach Bellini as an aperitif!

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    21 Wolfgang's Steakhouse

    Wolfgang’s is an institution in New York. Beside the classic steaks like Rib Eye, Sirloin or Filet Mignon, you can also order the Porterhouse variations for two, three or four persons. The steaks are roasted to the point and only first-class meat is used.

Bars, Pubs & Rooftop Bars

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    01 Haven Rooftop & Restaurant

    In the heart of the Theatre District on Times Square you will find the Haven Rooftop & Restaurant. It is on the 10th floor of the Sanctuary Hotel at 47th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue and offers you a sensational perspective. Although it is in Times Square, it is surprisingly quiet. I love the mix of “being in the middle of the city” and “still having peace and quiet” – and that’s exactly what you can expect there.

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    02 The Long Room

    The Long Room is a mix of a club atmosphere featuring elements of the classic Irish pub. With a large selection of imported and craft beers on tap, as well as an extensive whisky menu, this bar is perfect for those who want to experience a bit of everything. The food menu includes Irish staples like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips, as well as American favorites like burgers and pizza. Plus, they have live music every night. Make sure to try the Bavarian Uber Pretzel and the Skillet Roasted Chicken when you visit!

Shopping

I can not recommend you to go shopping in the Theatre District. The stores are often overpriced and real tourist traps. Only the Disney Store is an exception.

Hotels in the Theatre District NYC

If you are looking to stay in this area, look no further. Below are our favorite places to stay:

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    01 citizenM New York Times Square

    4 Stars | The citizenM New York in Times Square is a stylish hotel with a lounge, bar and rooftop bar. It is one of the most popular hotels in the area – and thanks to its location, you can reach all the important sights on foot in no time.

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    02 Hilton Garden Inn Times Square Central

    3 Stars | The Hilton Garden Inn West 35th Street made it onto my list of the best hotels in New York, not only because it’s sensationally located – many of the most famous sights like the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, Bryant Park and Times Square are all within easy walking distance. But also because its price-performance-ratio is outstanding! 

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    03 Hotel Millennium Broadway

    4 Stars | The Millennium Broadway Hotel was called Millennium Times Square until recently and is located – as the name suggests – right in the pulsating heart of Manhattan. Although it is no longer the most modern hotel, it scores points for its location.

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    04 Hyatt Centric Times Square New York

    4 Stars | The Hyatt Centric is a hotel right at Times Square New York and has a lounge on the roof and really nice rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows. So you have a wonderful view of the city.  The rooms on the upper floors are absolutely stunning!

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    05 Knickerbocker Hotel

    5 stars | The Knickerbocker Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in Times Square in the famous Theater District. The rooms are quite large and modern by New York standards. From the hotel’s own rooftop terrace, St. Clouds, you have a stunning view of Times Square – ideal for winding down after a long day in New York!

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    06 M Social Hotel Times Square New York

    4 stars | Recently renovated, the M Social New York is located in Times Square in the Theatre District. Along with the Hyatt Times Square, it’s another Times Square hotel that’s one of my top 27 New York hotels with a great view. The rooms are very modern and chic and offer views of Broadway, Times Square or the Hudson River. The location makes it very desirable – yet you can sleep quietly here. This is made possible by the soundproof glazing of the floor-to-ceiling windows.

    From Rockefeller Center with its viewing platform “Top of the Rock” to the famous Broadway, where you can watch the most popular musicals in New York, everything is in close proximity. 

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    07 Margaritaville Resort Times Square

    4 stars | The Margaritaville Resort Times Square is the only hotel in Times Square with a rooftop pool and brings Mexico to New York! It’s really exciting because I’ve never noticed Times Square with “tropical” touches before. That’s changing now, as the Margaritaville Resort Times Square is bringing a palm tree and beach vacation feel to the Big Apple.

    In the hotel itself there are two restaurants and several bars: a Tiki bar, the Licence to Chill and the 5 O’Clock Somewhere bar. You see, they don’t take themselves too seriously, which I really like!

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    08 New York Marriott Marquis

    4 Stars | The Marriott Marquis is a fantastic hotel with a 360° panoramic restaurant in Times Square New York. It’s a great place to stay, especially if you book the “City View” rooms. You guessed it: The view from these rooms is absolutely phenomenal!

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    09 Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel

    4 stars | The 4-star Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel is perfectly located: right on its namesake Times Square. It’s elegantly decorated, with dark furniture and gold and blue accents. Since the hotel rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll have a great view of Times Square (not just to the ball drop). You’ll feel right at home at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel!

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    10 The Times Square EDITION

    5 stars | One of the best hotels in Times Square is The Times Square EDITION. In my experience, everything is just right here: cool design, wonderful atmosphere, rooftop bar and a sensational view of Times Square (and the ball drop on New Year’s Eve).

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    11 W New York Times Square

    4 stars | sThe W Hotel in Times Square is one of the most popular hotels in the Theatre District and offers a sensational view of Times Square. There is a stylish bar, the staff is very accommodating and the location is perfect for walking to the main attractions of New York.

Neighborhoods Nearby

The Theatre District is bordered by the Garment District to the south, Hell’s Kitchen to the west – and Midtown surrounds it to the north and west.

Neighborhoods that are Similar to the Theatre District NYC

The Theater District is truly unique in New York and there is no neighborhood quite like it. The only district I can think of is Midtown with its many attractions.

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Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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