Get to know Midtown Manhattan
North of 34th Street and south of 59th, Midtown is one of Manhattan’s most iconic neighborhoods. Fifth Avenue is the commercial heart of not just the neighborhood but arguably Manhattan as a whole. Park Avenue, after it emerges north of Grand Central Terminal, is largely a row of office buildings, some of them Modernist masterpieces, along with a few older survivors like St. Bartholomew’s Church and the Racquet and Tennis Club. The southeast corner of Midtown is dominated by the campus of United Nations buildings and diplomatic offices. Finally, the rest of the eastern half of the neighborhood is largely residential and can feel in some ways like an extension of its neighbors (Murray Hill to the south, the Upper East Side to the north).
Midtown West is where you’ll find Times Square, Broadway theaters, and Bryant Park. Beyond the energy of those landmarks, simply strolling here is a walk through the New York that many people picture when they think of the city: Soaring skyscrapers looming above broad avenues, with yellow cabs looking for fares and sidewalks crowded with office workers and tourists. The most bustling portion of 42nd Street, between Times Square and Eighth Avenue, is in Midtown West, too. If you want to make your home in the heart of the city, you’ll generally find residential buildings along the western edge of Midtown West, beginning around 8th Avenue, while hotels and office buildings dominate the eastern half of the neighborhood.
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History & Culture
The opening of Grand Central in 1913 was a pivotal moment in the development of Midtown, though as important as the station itself was the fact that the train tracks leading to it were buried underground. The result was that Manhattan had a new grand boulevard with wide sidewalks and a leafy median, Park Avenue, to develop. Among the first generation of buildings that followed, St. Bartholomew’s (completed in 1917), the Racquet and Tennis Club (1918), and the Waldorf-Astoria hotel (1931) still stand, later joined by a number of post-war office buildings. Those booms extended beyond Park to Lexington and Madison, though the closer one gets to the East River, the higher the ratio of residential to office buildings. In 1952, the opening of the UN headquarters was another key event, and its employees, and those of the many consulates here, continue to shape the character of the area.
Among world cities, it is somewhat rare to have two distinct commercial centers, but New York has both the Financial District and Midtown. A number of factors explain the emergence of Midtown: First, as the population grew uptown, businesses followed them. Second, when New York’s economy expanded, it simply outgrew the warren of streets at the tip of the island. And the instant success of the current Grand Central Terminal in 1913 shifted commercial life to the north. Skyscrapers began to rise after it opened during the 1920s, an especially busy period of construction. Although that boom included the opening of a number of theaters, the beginning of the Theater District dates back even earlier, to the first years of the 20th century. The crossroads of the neighborhood, and the city, Times Square received its current name in 1904 when the New York Times moved its headquarters to what was previously known as Longacre Square.
Dine & Shop
In the heart of Midtown. Fifth Avenue is the home of Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Zara, and COS — as well as one of New York City’s most famous landmarks, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The neighborhood has a number of hotels (mostly on Lexington), from luxury ones to more budget-friendly options, with restaurants and bars that cater to city residents as much as visitors. When you need a hardware store or a supermarket, as a rule, the best strategy is to head east. While Third Avenue has a few stores providing the basic necessities of urban life, that number increases on Second and First.
One of Manhattan’s most famous shopping streets, Fifth Avenue forms the border between Midtown East and Midtown West. The prime shopping area of the avenue runs between 42nd and 59th streets. The stores are mostly flagships of international brands. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, when Rockefeller Center’s tree is a decorated and illuminated beacon for shoppers, the atmosphere is especially bustling and festive. Times Square and the adjacent portion of 42nd Street have more stores, though many are focused on selling souvenirs to tourists. Dining in the neighborhood includes restaurants catering to office workers looking for lunch; both expense-account and budget options abound. The restaurants and bars of Midtown’s hotels are not just for visitors, as a number of them are popular with locals too. From roughly Eighth Avenue to the Hudson, you’ll find more neighborhood bars and casual spots.
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