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Midtown Manhattan


MIDTOWN MANHATTAN encompasses everything from the East to the Hudson rivers, between 14th Street and 59th Street, the southern border of Central Park. New York’s most glamorous (and most expensive) thoroughfare, Fifth Avenue, cuts through Midtown’s heart, with the neon theatre strip of Broadway running just to the west for much of the way. The character of Midtown is very different whether you’re east of Fifth or west of Sixth (between Fifth and Sixth, there’s almost a character to itself, from Koreatown up to Rockefeller Center). On Fifth Avenue itself and to the east are corporate businesses and prestigious skyscrapers – including the Empire State, Chrysler and Seagram buildings – as well as Grand Central Station and the UN. Here you’ll also find the residential neighbourhoods of Murray Hill and elegant Gramercy Park. Just below Gramercy’s eponymous park, busy Union Square is always great for people-watching. Meanwhile, west of Sixth, Chelsea is home to art galleries and the new High Line park; north of it, the tiny Garment District doesn’t have much to see. Around 42nd Street, the Theater District heralds a cleaned-up, frenetic area of entertainment that culminates at Times Square. West of Broadway in the 40s and low 50s, colourful Hell’s Kitchen is now more or less wholly gentrified.

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