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Theater District

Theater District
Theater District

© Edgar Zuniga Jr.

For Manhattan adventurers, there's no image that shines as brightly as Times Square. The icon of NYC's Theater District, Times Square is the city dressed up in its most showy regalia. Once known as New York's de facto Red Light District, it was transformed in the 1980s to a towering display of commercialism and performing arts. You can't get more central than New York City's "Crossroads of the World."

The Theater District is also home to what is considered the highest level of commercial theater in the world: Broadway. Situated on the western side of Midtown Manhattan, Broadway theater comprises the 39 biggest theaters in the city. The introduction of electric lighting in the 1880s enabled the city's theaters to put together elaborate productions that mix great narrative with famously grand staging effects and song. The millions of lights that illuminate Broadway's big billboards between 53rd and 42nd Streets and 6th and 8th Avenue lent it the nickname the "Great White Way." With an endless array of shows as well as NBC Studios, Madame Tussad's Wax Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) right in the neighborhood,,this district offers a cornucopia of entertainment selections.

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