Welcome to the bright lights of this big city, and everything it has to offer: the sights, sounds and excitement of Times Square and 42nd Street; the restaurants; the Broadway shows; the crossroads of the Port Authority of New York bus terminal. From the Hudson River to Bryant Park, you're at the pulse of Manhattan's beating heart here.
Clinton West in the far west 40's, to the striking Time Warner Center and Mandarin Oriental Hotel at Columbus Circle with its amazing shops, where condo owners are afforded the city's most spectacular park and river views, and live music aficionados flock to hear the highest-profile names in jazz. At the northeast tip of this storied neighborhood sits the stately and world-famous Plaza Hotel. Just blocks away, in the 50's on 6th Avenue, the renowned Radio City Music Hall, home of the world-famous Rockettes and “The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular,” and Carnegie Hall venues provide more of the music and razzle-dazzle for which the city is famous, while nearby, NBC Studios and Rockefeller Center attract millions of visitors every year, particularly during the holiday season, when people come from all over the world to see the enormous Christmas tree and to skate at the skating rink in front of 30 Rockefeller Center, home of NBC Studios.
Times Square, the bustling center of New York City, is always full of people eager to experience the bright lights of one of the more exciting places in the world. Every New Year’s Eve, of course, millions converge to view the famous ball drop, broadcast as “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Times Square offers Broadway shows, numerous hotels, including the gorgeous Marriott, which boasts a Broadway theatre, the Marriott Marquis, inside it, as well as a famous restaurant, The View, on its top floor, which provides gorgeous, breathtaking views of the entire island. Customers also flock to exciting stores like Toys R’ Us, which has a Ferris Wheel inside, M&M World, and the Hershey’s store. People wanting to go to Broadway shows can purchase discounted tickets at the TKTS Booth in Duffy Square. Tourists can also visit the famous Madame Tussauds to see wax sculptures of their favorite celebrities and famous historical figures, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. It also features two enormous movie theatre multiplexes, facing one another—the AMC Empire and the Crown Regal.
Some notable restaurants in the area include Orso and Barbetta, Jekyll & Hyde, a theme restaurant modeled after classic horror movies, full of ghouls and goblins and mad scientist laboratories, Hard Rock Café, BASSO56 next to Carnegie Hall and many more. There’s also a buzzing nightlife and an endless options for nightspots and bars including Birdland, a famous jazz club, Swing 46, Russian Vodka Room, and Morell Wine Bar.
From Macy's department store up to Central Park, the Midtown West skyline continues its rapid change. New developments dot the horizon, from the 45-story Bryant Park Tower, to Orion and the anticipated development of Hudson Yards, on the site of the West Side rail yards. This project is the largest private real estate development in the United States. According to Curbed, Hudson Yards will span 28 acres, with 12 buildings, including a number of glass encased skyscrapers (one with the city’s highest open-air observation deck) and about 18 million square feet of office, retail, and residential space. The area will have a 14-acre public space and plaza with Thomas Heatherwick’s 150-foot-tall, painted steel “stairway to nowhere” as its centerpiece.
Area transportation includes the red, blue, orange, and yellow subway lines, as well as the 7 train, and uptown, downtown, and crosstown buses. Port Authority, of course, offers, travel in and out of the city via buses.