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Midtown East

Midtown East

What do the United Nations, the Chrysler Building, Beekman and Sutton Place, the Grand Central Station train terminal, Saks Fifth Avenue, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Tudor City have in common? They all make their home in Midtown East, which is located between 40th and 60th Streets to the South and North, and 5th and 3rd Avenues to the East and West. Historically, this very special Manhattan quarter has truly been the place to see and be seen.

The St. Regis, Waldorf and Four Seasons Hotels are also a part of this austere landscape, which pulses with New York commuter and business life. On any given day, you can find a power lunch (or breakfast at Tiffany’s) taking place in any one of the area’s hidden and not-so-hidden restaurant gems; or become swept up in the ever-ebbing/flowing tide of voices, traffic, languages and energy on this neighborhood’s streets. 

The Midtown Manhattan skyline is expected to change a lot in upcoming years and this rendering provided by Yimby, shows projected skyline views for the year 2022. One notable tower that is expected to contribute to this change is One Vanderbilt, which is estimated to top 1,401 ft. High-end co-ops and luxury high-rises, plus brand new developments like the Veneto and Three Ten East 53rd project, are options for many a fast-paced Madison Avenue ad-man and woman, while slowing down in the Beekman Place or Tudor City enclaves has made sense for thousands of individuals since early last century.

Other famous landmarks include Trump Tower, the CBS Building, the Russian Tea Room, the Woolworth Building, the Seagram Building, the World Financial Center, and the Met Life building, as well as famous churches such as St John the Divine Cathedral, St. Regis, and St. Bartholemew’s Church. Local museums include The Museum of Modern Art, which includes such world-famous paintings as Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory (known as the “melting clock” painting), The Dahesh Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Paley Center for Media, the former Museum of Television and Radio, where one can view practically every show ever broadcast on television, in their definitive archives, as well as attend panel discussions with some of TV’s top creative minds. 

There is also, of course, an exorbitant amount of shopping available in the area, along Fifth Avenue, one of the most famous retail areas in the world. The high-end stores include Gucci, Armani, Versace, Tiffany’s, FAO Schwarz, the world-famous toy store, the Apple Store, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Brooks Brothers. 

Local restaurants include, but are, of course, not limited to The Waldorf-Astoria Restaurant, home of the Waldorf Salad, Viand, Smith and Wollensky, Rosa Mexicano, Pompano, owned by the international opera superstar, Richard Sandoval, and Naya, an authentic Lebanese grill. Midtown East is also the location of a number of exclusive clubs, such as The New York Yacht Club, whose unique exterior is fashioned to look like the prow of a ship, the Yale Club, and the New York Metropolitan Club. 

Midtown East also has a practically countless number of hotels for tourists to choose from, including the aforementioned St. Regis, Waldorf and Four Seasons Hotel, along with The Algonquin, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Grand Hyatt. 

Home to the Lipstick building, Hemsley at 230 Park Avenue, JPMorgan Chase, UBS and most of midtown's corporate district, residential highlights are 50 United Nations Plaza, Place 57, The Veneto at 250 East 53rd Street, 310 East 53rd Street, The Corinthian condominium at 330 East 38th Street, 45 Park Avenue, The Millan, The Capri and Park Avenue Place all on East 55th Street, The Plaza Residences at 1 Central Park South and 768 Fifth Avenue and our very own 145 Lexington Avenue. 

Additionally, The New York Department of Education operates a large number of public schools in the area. Transportation is available through numerous city buses, as well as the green subway line (the 4, 5, and 6). 

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