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Midtown Manhattan

About Midtown Manhattan

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What people say

"No list of best areas to visit for an initial trip to New York would be complete without mentioning Midtown or the Upper East Side (though you'd be hard-pressed to find many locals hanging out here on the weekends). Midtown sits at the center of NYC's expansive grid. It’s home to dozens of the most popular tourist attractions including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building, and Broadway. Also bordering Central Park, the wealthy UES is primarily residential but also houses incredible cultural institutions like The Guggenheim Museum, The Neue Galerie, The Frick Collection, The Jewish Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum. Pro tip: begin your time exploring this sprawling part of Manhattan around the Empire State Building or Times Square and work your way up to Central Park. "
"Midtown is the heart of the city and is closest to all of the sightseeing buildings. Some of the main sights to see here are Times Square, the Theater District, Fifth Avenue shopping, 57th Street and Madison Avenue boutiques, the landmark buildings of Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the Museum of Modern Art."

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Use this guide as the starting point for planning your trip to New York City. New York can be daunting, since it's so big, so choosing the neighborhood that you're going to stay in should be based on the vibe you're looking for. Do you want to focus on cool restaurants & shopping? Are you a first time visitor, so you want to do more touristy things? All of these questions are things I've taken into account for you. In this guide, you'll find information on each neighborhood worth staying in & my notes on why you might choose to stay there. Once you've chosen your vibe & location, you can dive into my other guides that have recommendations for dining, night life, things to do with the kiddos, free things to do, and more! These guides are all linked throughout, and are built to be used as maps to help you navigate the city. Be sure to check them out to plan the rest of your trip! This guide also contains lots of useful information on how to get from all of the NY airports to where you'll be staying, as well as my favorite app for getting around the city - CityMapper!
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