Broadway. Times Square. Madison Square Garden. The name says it all: the Theater District is the entertainment hub of the city, and possibly the entire nation. The western half of Midtown Manhattan (to be distinguished from Midtown East), this is where you’ll find Times Square, the streets packed with people taking in one of the brightest entertainment districts in the world.
Too many travelers spend all or most of their time in the Theater District and other largely non-residential areas of Midtown Manhattan. From the viewpoint of many New Yorkers, the “real New York” is elsewhere, in the residential neighborhoods uptown, downtown, and even a couple of blocks west of Times Square and the bright lights of the Great White Way.
If you want to find out how New Yorkers live, work, and party and feel the pace of the city, go to neighborhoods like *Greenwich Village (map), the East Village (map), *Chinatown (map), *Harlem (map), the *Upper West (map) and *Upper East Sides (map), or just walk to 9th Av.