High-powered professionals and luxury condos are synonymous with Midtown East. During the day, the streets are crowded and congested. As the sun sets, you’ll be enthused by Midtown East’s convenience, and its many options to shop, drink and eat.
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Some of the most iconic scenes of New York City are in Midtown East. It’s home to skyscrapers, newly-developed condos, and famous landmarks like the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station.
The sleek construction of the neighborhood has attracted those who want a neighborhood that’s upscale feel of the Upper East Side, but more convenient and farther downtown.
Parts of Midtown East skew established professionals who take root in the luxury condo buildings across the neighborhood.
A large number of mid-career professionals also call the neighborhood home.
Midtown East is also a popular neighborhood for families, with great schools like PS 59 and a quiet, peaceful environment closer to the East River.
Midtown East is a great option for professionals that work in Midtown Manhattan and want a quick walk to work.
The neighborhood also has a number of subway lines that can easily take you downtown or across town, decreasing the number of times you’ll need to transfer during your commute.
Midtown East is also home to Grand Central Station, one of the most historic landmarks of public transportation in the country. Trains here can take you to out of the city to places like Connecticut and Rhode Island, and shops and restaurants make it a fun place to hang out, not just a spot to catch a train. The terminal’s gorgeous architecture makes it one of the most photographed venues in New York.
During the weekdays, the streets are chaotic with hurried taxicabs, tourists, and professionals trying to hustle through their days.
Bryant Park is a popular hub out in Midtown no matter the time of year. During the summer, people gather for yoga classes, outdoor movie screenings, and picnics. Come winter, neighbors spend afternoons ice skating here.
It's perhaps most used during the day as a great way for those that work in the area to take a much needed break from the work day.
Come night time, when much of the city leaves Midtown, the streets are quiet and serene.
Midtown East encompasses many mini-neighborhoods. In the northeast 50s, Sutton Place often attracts professionals who work in midtown who find homes in large high-rise buildings and enjoy the peaceful ambiance.
Farther south in Turtle Bay - from 53rd to 42nd Streets — is popular with young professionals.
Bars and restaurants make Turtle Bay a more lively part of Midtown East, especially at night and during the weekends.
From the East River running path, you can get excellent views of the Queensborough Bridge, ferry boats, and Roosevelt Island. Neighbors use the park as a place to walk dogs, have picnics, or go for a jog.
The United Nations Plaza is become a popular tourist attraction and a space symbolic of international diplomacy.
Midtown East is also known as a shopping center throughout the city. On the weekends especially, upscale designer houses attracts tourists and New Yorkers from all over.
Department stores like Saks Fifth avenue and big-box retailers like Abercrombie and Fitch and H&M combined to make a well-rounded group of choices for the ambitious shopper.
Living in Midtown East might not be ideal if you hope to play where you sleep - the neighborhood doesn’t have many options for nightlife. Though there are a number of bars, but many cater to the after-work crowd throughout the week.
There are more restaurants on Second Avenue that have casual dining and outdoor eating space.
Real estate can be very expensive since most of the rental buildings are condos or co-ops.
Still, it’s not impossible to find more affordable walk-ups, especially in areas like Turtle Bay.
Townhouses and brownstones are popular choices for families looking for more space in the neighborhood.
Midtown East is filled with some of New York City’s most recognizable institutions. The Museum of Modern Art, known as the MoMA, is the worldwide center of contemporary art. It houses works from Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and has some of the most experimental performing art in the country.
Rockefeller Plaza is home to NBC and Radio City Music Hall, as well as dozens of specialty stores and an ice skating rink During the winter holidays, a world-famous Christmas tree draws hundreds of thousands of tourists, and has its own celebratory lighting ceremony.
Although Midtown East often gets a reputation of being all work and no play, those who live here know there are no shortage of options to have a good time.
Laurent Tourondel adds French flair to his flagship steakhouse.
Chow down on oysters, chowders, and other crustacean deep within Grand Central Station.
Authentic and creamy tonkotsu ramen on 52nd Street.
Enjoy upscale and indulgent Puerto Rican cuisine in a club-like lounge.
High-end Japanese food at the welcoming sushi bar.
Twirl long strands of pasta and dress Italian salads at the only pizza-less Serafina.
The Kosher pizza place serves up excellent (and vegetarian) Neapolitan pies.
The old-timey burger bistro is known for its jukebox, chalkboard menu, and signature home fries.
The midtown location of sushi haven Nobu is swarming with power lunchers and regulars.
Cigars and whiskey are best served in this leather-clad room filled with books.
Head to the second floor of this indoor beer garden for bratwursts and liters of beer.
The British-style pub serves only American brews, but manages to find the rarest kinds.
The second-floor gay piano bar offers sing-along show tunes for Broadway aficionados.
Put on your nighttime best for an evening at the Four Seasons’ bar, where martinis are the must-order.
Sip Sapporo and rent a karaoke room in the Japanese bar upstairs.
Settle down for a romantic date at the wine bar with a classic atmosphere.
Perfect for an after-hours drink or a game of pool, Snafu is always filled with professionals looking to play.
As the mecca of fashion in New York City, the seven-floor department store has everything a designer-lover would ever need or want, and then some.
The high-end department store is known for its couture designers and is the birthplace of New York style.
Department stores have used Bloomingdale’s as a model for excellence for decades. It’s the arbiter of casual and party fashion.
Like its other designer counterparts, Bergdorf’s has been known to house designer duds before other stores in the city. It’s flashy Fifth Avenue location makes it a destination for all fashionistas.
Apple’s famed glass outpost is right on Fifth Avenue and when new products come out, you can bet folks will line up around the block.
Stop by the European brand’s flagship store in New York for the latest in trendy yet affordable fashions.
Every child’s dreams of playing on that life-size piano, but walking around FAO Schwarz will fill every heart with joy.
For all your couture accessory needs, Bendel’s specializes in bags, jewelry, watches, and hair accents.
Walk along this brick-lined area complete with funky gold and silver human-shaped sculptures.
Enjoy the river-adjacent park with breathtaking views.
Only steps away from busy streets, Paley Park’s waterfall makes it a perfect respite from city life.
The tiny park is easy to miss, but a small fountain of cascading water will make it worth a second look.
Relax near the tall walls of greenery and statues in Ralph Bunche Park.
Experience the perks of New York Sports Club: Babysitting, Pilates, steam rooms, a sauna, laundry, and fitness classes keep members happy and in shape.
Work out in the fitness rooms, cycling studios or full-sized swimming pool.
Get the full spa treatment at Bliss’s 49th Street location. Hair removals, massages, and bridal packages keep neighbors in literal bliss.
The high-end hair care salon plays pump-up music and uses its products exclusively at their midtown salon.
Stylists at the Waldorf Astoria make every customer look fabulous.
Get the anti-aging works at Mario Badescu on 52nd Street.
This expansive food market houses Luke’s Lobster, No. 7 Sub, Billy’s Bakery, Sushi of Gari, and much more. All edible options are curated by Todd English who runs the upstairs dining concourse.
Silky French macarons come in various flavors, and tasty paninis are up for grabs for lunch.
Take a bite out of one of these fluffy bagels and douse it with one of the many different flavors of shmear.
Visit the legendary downtown cupcake haunt at its Midtown location.
Fresh and rare cheeses and chocolates from over 17 countries pop up at Ideal Cheese.
Located in Grand Central, Murray’s midtown outpost has all the aged cheeses and raw milks made downtown.
Take a tour of the historical terminal where catching a train is just the one of the many draws to this transportation hub.
Hang around the shopping, dining, and transit plaza where the famous Christmas tree and ice skating rink are open in the winter.
As the beacon of modern art in New York City, the MoMA is a landmark that can be revisited over and over again.
Artists, scholars, and professors host more than 100 events a year that portray Japanese culture, food, and history.
Venture to the United Nations headquarters and catch glimpses of diplomats and politicians.
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