With the glittering neon signs of Times Square and throngs of tourists on the sidewalks, there’s no better example of ‘bright lights, big city’ than Midtown south of Central Park.
New York City’s grand hotels – the Plaza, the Ritz Carlton, the Pierre – sit just above 5th Avenue’s stretch of major retail flagship stores. The lights of Broadway theaters flash alongside those of comedy clubs. Transit hubs like the Port Authority and Pennsylvania Station unload thousands of commuters and tourists onto the busy streets. Madison Square Garden hosts nightly sold-out sporting and music events.
Truly the center of everything, this is the New York that newcomers and longtime residents alike have read about and seen on screen for years. What surprises many is just how liveable this area has become. Catering to those who not only work but live in the neighborhood, full-service buildings have been cropping up, and the congested streets are notably quieter the closer one gets to Central Park.
Close to everything Manhattan is best known for, the Theater District is not just for tourists anymore.