Trip Planner:   USA  /  New York State  /  New York City  /  Historic Sites  /  42nd Street

42nd Street, New York City

(4.2/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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.
Plan to visit 42nd Street and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended New York City attractions using our New York City trip generator.
Source
Create a full New York City itinerary
map

Plan your trip to New York City

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in New York City by other users

8 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Washington DC, Philadelphia & New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in United States & Montreal BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Boston & New York City BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in New York City BY A USER FROM MARTINIQUE March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 27 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in New York City BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Brooklyn & New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, kids, outdoors, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Street of reference if you get lost. You always end up on that street. It is like a backbone of places to visit by tourists. It is a quiet street.
    View original
  • This street has everything. On a spring day...start at grand central station....then walk your way to the public library...then go to Bryant park for lunch...head to Times Square ....check out Broadwa...  more »
  • Street spectacular overlooked scenic buildings, great banners, various attractions, shops of all kinds ... If you walk down this path cannot be said to have been in NY.
    View original
Google
  • 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.