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Each year, the Times Square Alliance’s spectacular world-class events delight visitors and residents alike. Whether you’re a New Yorker looking for cutting edge art and culture, a family planning an unforgettable vacation, a Times Square employee or resident, or just looking for a fun afternoon or a great night on the town, we’re sure you’ll find exciting events happening in Times Square. Check back often for updates!

Fall Plaza Programming

From Tai Chi for fitness, to Lunch Blocks and GrowNYC Markets for nutrition, to Movie Nights for entertainment, New York’s town square now has even more to offer. Whether you commute to the neighborhood each day for work or call it home, participate in these fantastic new programs and make Times Square your town square.

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Times Square Arts

Times Square Arts collaborates with contemporary artists to experiment and engage with one of the world’s most iconic urban places. Arts events include the nightly Midnight Moment and exciting installations throughout New York’s town squre.

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New Year’s Eve

It’s midnight on December 31st, and the eyes of the world have turned once more to the dazzling lights and bustling energy of Times Square. Click here for all you need to know about New Year’s Eve in Times Square – and how you can join the celebration this year.


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Love in Times Square

Every Valentine’s Day, we welcome you to Times Square to renew your vows on the red glass steps, snap a picture with your loved one in front of the heart sculpture and take advantage of Love in Times Square deals and discounts from Times Square shows, restaurants, hotels and attractions.

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Taste of Times Square

Taste of Times Square is one of New York’s City’s most mouth-watering outdoor food festivals where individuals can enjoy international tastes offered by the top restaurants from around the world, at the Crossroads of the World!

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Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga

Yoga enthusiasts celebrate the longest day of the year with an all day yoga fest. Attendees are challenged to find tranquility and transcendence in the midst of the world’s most commercial and frenetic place, Times Square.

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Times Square Kiss-In

On the anniversary of the end of World War II, Times Square Alliance invites couples from all generations and of all types to celebrate again in Times Square, in honor of the US Armed Forces and in celebration of the universal ideals of peace, love and hope. The Kiss-In is held every five years in the exact location where the famous kiss took place. Next Kiss-In: August 2015.

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Top Image Photo Credit: Adam Pantozzi (Taste of Times Square, Kiss-In), Derek Goodwin (Solstice in Times Square), Countdown Entertainment (New Year’s Eve), Amanda Schwab (Broadway on Broadway), Ka-Man Tse (Valentine’s Day)

New Yorkers Mark Anniversary of Odessa Tragedy, Call for US to Stay Out of Ukraine

Flowers and candles brought to mourn the victims of the fire at the Trade Unions House on Kulikovo Field in Odessa.

Flowers and candles brought to mourn the victims of the fire at the Trade Unions House on Kulikovo Field in Odessa. © RIA Novosti. Anton Kruglov

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NEW YORK, November 3 (RIA Novosti) – New Yorkers, who gathered in the Times Square to commemorate the six month anniversary of the May 2 Odessa tragedy, urged the United States not to intervene in the situation in Ukraine.

The demonstration, which was organized in the Times Square Sunday, was conducted under the slogan “We don’t want another war, US out of Ukraine!”

“We issued a petition which is going all over the world calling the US to stop all money direct or indirect aid to Kiev, demanding an independent investigation of events in Odessa. And stop the US policy of NATO extension that is threatening to draw the whole world into another conflict,” Greg Butterfield, a Coordinator of the Ukraine antifascist solidarity committee of the International Action Center told RIA Novosti Sunday.

According to Butterfield, the petition, which now has around a thousand signatures, will be sent to Washington.

“The Ukrainian regime backed by the United States has not conducted a serious investigation mush less taking any measures to punish the guilty…we are here today as people from the US from a lot of different backgrounds to say that we want the truth about this and we want to know what role the US government has played in organizing it,” Butterfield stressed.

On May 2, clashes in Odessa broke out between independence supporters on one side and fans of the Odessa and Kharkiv football teams on the other, later joined by Euromaidan activists.

Pro-Kiev radicals and Right Sector militia blocked the anti-government protesters in the House of Trade Unions and set the building on fire, using Molotov cocktails. Those trapped inside had little chance of extinguishing the blaze, as fire hoses in the building were out of order.

At least 48 people died, and over 200 were injured as a result of the fire. Local officials accused Kiev of covering up the actual death toll of at least 116.

A military conflict erupted between Kiev and independence supporters in southeastern Ukraine in mid-April, when the country’s authorities launched a special operation against local populations, opposed to the new government, which came to power as a result of the February coup.

Since the beginning of the crisis Kiev has been striving for closer cooperation with NATO. In September, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivered a speech at the US Congress claiming that his country needed strong US support, including special status with NATO.

My Morning Jacket Rock Times Square at CBGB Festival

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My Morning Jacket perform during CBGB Music & Film Festival at Times Square in New York City.. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for CBGB

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Giant, blinding billboards are formidable opponents when it comes to competing for the attention of an audience at a free concert. The CBGB Festival threw its lineup into the gauntlet in that regard, gathering My Morning Jacket, the Wallflowers, Lisa Loeb, Divine Fits, Grizzly Bear, James Murphy of LCD SoundSystem and others in the heart of Times Square for an afternoon that brought heartfelt acoustic musings, explosions of indie and arena-ready psych rock to Broadway. Despite the challenging setting and its unavoidable, LED-lit distractions, the talent overcame CBGB’s obstacles and did right by the festival’s rock institution of a namesake.

Lisa Loeb and My Morning Jacket made for some pretty paradoxical bookends, with Loeb strumming her way through “Stay” while recounting the song’s debut on the Reality Bites soundtrack and Jim James throwing a dishtowel on his head as he and the rest of My Morning Jacket whipped themselves into a frenzy of exquisite guitar solos. Illness prevented Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers from hitting the high notes of “One Headlight,” but the Nineties radio staple plowed through a sunny set at high noon, setting an energetic standard for the day and stopping the pedestrian traffic of Times Square dead in its tracks with spirited renditions of Elvis Costello’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” and “6th Avenue Heartache” bouncing off the billboards.

Grizzly Bear perform during CBGB Music & Film Festival at Times Square in New York City. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for CBGB

Grizzly Bear perform during CBGB Music & Film Festival at Times Square in New York City.
Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for CBGB

In between the day’s coffeehouse-ready beginning and stadium-worthy end, Divine Fits and Grizzly Bear delivered the two most CBGB-worthy sets of the day: It was easy to picture Divine Fits’ (and Spoon’s) Britt Daniel and Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste in the recesses of a rock club, though the North Stage of the festival, sidled up alongside the Ed Sullivan Theater, felt as natural an arena as any for their straightforward rock stylings and fuzzed-out, exploratory soundscapes, respectively. As the 2013 festival season nears its end, both Grizzly Bear and Divine Fits have hopscotched between the stages of the country’s biggest productions, and the two bands made for standout moments at CBGB just as they did at Bonnaroo and Outside Lands before them.

My Morning Jacket’s grand finale at CBGB was fortified by friends, as special guests hopped on and off the stage for the final moments of the festival. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard and Antibalas collaborated with Jim James for the recently released tribute Fela Kuti compilation RED HOT + FELA, and their performance of “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” was as meditative and serene as it was explosive and untethered. Jakob Dylan then joined in for a take on “Don’t Do It” from The Last Waltz before My Morning Jacket wrapped up the festival with “One Big Holiday,” which relished in its might as a literal and figurative showstopper.

Though the performances were exceptional overall and the crowds flooded Broadway over the course of the festival’s final day in Times Square, the premise of the CBGB Festival is worth unpacking. As Lisa Loeb (good-naturedly) remarked two songs into her set, “It’s very strange to be playing a CBGB festival in Times Square. When I lived in New York City, those two things were . . . different.” The intense corporate backdrop provided by the glaring advertisements, the slightly disjointed lineup and enthusiastic (albeit partly unintentional) crowd hardly recalls the grit and earnest commitment to rock against the odds that CBGB embraced. At the end of the day, it was the music of those present that echoed long past the six blocks of Times Square taken over by CBGB, and one can only hope that the music – and not the publicity stunt of a free, sprawling event on the city’s most famous and infamous epicenter – remains the constant as the CBGB festival continues to grow.