6 Secrets of Times Square: Cheesecake, Broadway Celebrities & Epic Vistas

New York City

  • This could be your view. Photo: Renaissance Times Square.
  • Times Square as depicted on a post card in 1919.
  • Ringing in the new year in Times Square.
  • Junior's Cherry Cheesecake.
  • What is your preferred cheesecake? Photo: Karin O'Keefe.
  • Max Neuhaus installs the speaker of "Time Square" in 1977.
  • The Immortals on the I. Miller Building. Photo: HLB Lighting Design.
  • A 1917 ad for I. Miller shoes.
  • Glowing red steps light up Times Square. Photo: Howard Sherman.
  • The 12 ticket windows underneath the stairs. Photo: NYCgo.
  • Times Square from the R Lounge. Photo: Leo Aguiar.
  • The view from R Lounge.

40 minutes
0.4 mi
Guided by Mark
Mark Silverman


330,000 people pass through Times Square every day, and most of them never see the best elements of the neighborhood. Beyond the $800 tickets to "Hamilton," the blinding neon lights and the Naked Cowboy street performer, there is a world to uncover. Join me on a tour of six secrets in "The Crossroads of the World." We'll discover hidden artwork, stumble upon cultural treasures, sample the world's best cheesecake and conclude with incredible view of the Theater District. This is the best of Times Square, as revealed by a New Yorker.

About Your Guide

Lover of sushi and apple pie. Player of chess and fantasy football. Fan of the Bronx Bombers and the LA Lakers. I'm listening to John Coltrane and Kendrick Lamar. Lawyer by day, crime novel consumer by night. I'm a man of opposites. Or many tastes.

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Guide Points

  1. The New Year's Ball

    Welcome to Times Square! We're going to start our tour at one of the icons of the neighborhood.

  2. Junior's

    There is no better slice of New York-style cheesecake than Junior's. The Rosen family has baked cheesecake from its family diner in Brookly…

  3. Sound Art

    Times Square is so hectic above ground, most people don't notice what is bustling below it. You are currently standing on Max Neuhaus’s _Ti…

  4. The Immortals

    Of all the stores in Times Square, I bring you to Express. But we come not for the current tenant, but the original one.

  5. Red Stairs of TKTS Times Square

    You can't visit Times Square without at least noticing the 27 ruby-red glass stairs in the middle of Broadway.

  6. R Lounge

    Yes, we come to the Renaissance Hotel, but this is the best kept secret of Times Square. No one knows about this place.

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