Theater District: With Times Square at its center, residents adapt to living among tourists
Citykitchen.rownyc.com Blue Fin
This trendy seafood and sushi spot is popular for pre-theater dining. It features a raw bar, complete with Alaskan King Crab legs and Petrossian caviar.
Bluefinnyc.com The Lambs Club
132 W. 44th St.
Saturday brunch through November features cast members from “Chicago The Musical,” who perform jazz as patrons sip on Bloody Mary’s.
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140 W. 44th St.
Escape the tourists in this laid-back, inexpensive no-frills sports bar. Beer is cheap, and the house cocktail, Jimmy’s Hurricane, is made with spiced rum. If you hang around long enough you may get to meet Jimmy himself, who occasionally worked with Muhammad Ali back in the day.
Facebook.com/jimmyscornernyc Copacabana Times Square
268 W. 47th St.
Scenes from “The French Connection” and “The Mask” were filmed in this four-floor nightclub. Open for more than 75 years, it has also been a hangout for everyone from Frank Sinatra and Andy Warhol to Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg.
Copacabanany.com The Iridium (pictured)
Head to the Iridium for an intimate jazz experience, where Les Paul played for many years. It has an Italian menu and is a great way to experience a New York-style dinner and a show.
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Bowlmor.com AMC Empire 25
234 W. 42nd St.
This is the one of largest movie theaters in the country and screens the latest blockbusters, old classics, indie movies and foreign films.
Amctheatres.com The Church of St. Mary the Virgin
145 W. 46th St.
St. Mary’s, aka “Smoky Mary’s,” a Gothic-inspired church built in 1868, hosts choral concerts and orchestral performances throughout the year.
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Theatrecircleshop.com Drama Bookshop
250 W. 40th St.
The drama bookshop sells classic and new plays, production guides, writing manuals, and stand-up comedy tutorials. It also hosts regular events, such as free monologue workshops, book signings and discussions with local playwrights.
Dramabookshop.com Disney Store
Find collectables from Disney Princess toys to Mickey & Friends T-shirts.
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The district offers luxury buildings — such as 1600 Broadway on The Square which has an average sales price of $2 million on StreetEasy, and the Platinum at 247 W. 46th St. where the average is $1.9 million — along with numerous pre-war buildings.
The five-story walk-up at 852 Eighth Ave. was built in 1915 and has an average rent of $1,865 on StreetEasy, and 138 W. 46th St., also five stories, has an average of $1,900.
Despite the prices, local Citi Habitats sales broker Elena Ravich said the Theater District has thriving population of Millennial residents.
“There’s a lot of young professionals because [it’s near] the Midtown business district,” she said. “So it’s very conveniently-located for people to get to their offices.”
And many said there is a sense of community in the small neighborhood of 26 blocks, especially between residents and those who work in hospitality.
Favorite hangouts for locals include Toloache at 251 W. 50th St. for Mexican fare, Jake’s @ the Knick hotel at 6 Times Square for breakfast, and Carolines on Broadway at 1626 Broadway for dessert and stand-up comedy.
“If I go out, I’ll run into all kinds of people on the street, people from restaurants, and say‘Hey, what are the specials tonight?’“ mused Charles Kipps, a TV, movie and music producer who also writes mystery novels.
A bond is felt within the performing arts scene as well, noted Patricia Schwadron, who for 17 years has worked at The Actors Fund nonprofit, which has its national headquarters on Seventh Avenue near 49th Street.
Although many performers live outside of the district, with 38 theaters and numerous rehearsal spaces for dancers, actors and singers, it is the home to a transient performer community, she explained.
“Your community as a performer is the show you are in, that becomes your family,” Schwadron said. “It’s something about the nature of communities being formed around interests, rather than around geography.”