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42nd Street, New York City
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42nd Street is a major crosstown street in the New York City borough of Manhattan, known for its theaters, especially near the intersection with Broadway at Times Square. It is also the name of the region of the theater district (and, at times, the red-light district) near that intersection. The street has held a special place in New Yorkers' imaginations since at least the turn of the 20th century, and is the site of some of New York's best known buildings, including (east to west) the United Nations, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.HistoryEarly historyDuring the American Revolutionary War, a cornfield near the present location of the New York Public Library at 42nd Street was where General George Washington angrily attempted to rally his troops after the British landing at Kip's Bay, which scattered many of the American militiamen. Washington's attempt put him in danger of being captured, and his officers had to persuade him to leave. The rout eventuially subsided into an orderly retreat.
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  • This is New York as it may not be flashy and colorful, here, so many people who take pictures, walk around or buy tickets for a musical romp! Many people sitting on the stairs and even marriage proposals are made here... You must have, because here everyone even for the slightest service wants something watching on his money...
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  • A day in New York City. A vibrant and historic city mixed with many attractions that you can see and go to. 42nd Street is a major attraction in NYC that you can find many theaters and spend your day ...  more »
  • 42nd street was busy but so much fun. The lights of Broadway, the sounds of new York, the local cuisine and the busy streets makes you feel alive. 
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  • One of the Theater Row sites - always good seats. Shows, well you should know which group is putting on the show - some are great - some really stink. Afterwards, go next door to the Theater Row Diner - get a good meal for 10% off with your stubbs.
  • Went there to see Figaro and the seating is comfortable. All and all its a great place, never feel too far or too close.
  • Friendly personal, huge place to improve artistic skills
  • LOVED IT!
  • Cramped seating, small theater. The good thing is that no matter where you sit, you can see. Also wheel chair accessible.