Midtown Attractions are a Walk Away
New York City's central business district bustles day and night. It's home to some of the city's tallest and most famous buildings, and also offers some of the best ways to be entertained and simply escape.
Here are some of the best sights.
From this famous office building, you can get a bird's eye view of the New York City skyline from 1,250 feet above the city. There are two observation decks, plus an indoor viewing gallery with 360-degree views.
The Art Deco-style skyscraper was once the world's tallest building and is still the tallest brick building in the world (even though it has a steel skeleton). It was the home of the Chrysler corporation from 1930 until the mid '50s. The architectural marvel features tons of decorative details, including corner ornamentations replicating the 1929 Chrysler radiator caps, and a beautiful terraced crown.
The home of NBC studios is where TV's hotshots and stars go to work. But there's tons that visitors to New York City can do here, too. Visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, take the Rockefeller Center Tour, or go behind the scenes of the TV network on the NBC Studio Tour. There are also gardens, Radio City Music Hall and, during winter, a huge ice rink and twinkling Christmas tree.
Home of Broadway, blinking billboards and family-friendly museums, Times Square is the stuff of legends. From star-studded musicals to rock shows at Roseland Ballroom to comic acts at Carolines on Broadway, the liveliest pocket of New York City is always there to entertain.
Shop, shop and shop some more. Fifth Avenue is where Bloomingdale's, American Girl Place, Saks Fifth Avenue and other biggies lure with fashion's latest and more holiday gift ideas then you could ever fit into your suitcase.
The beautifully maintained public park sits between Fifth and Sixth avenues and between 40th and 42nd streets in Midtown. Businesspeople and tourists alike spread out on the green grass, taking lunch or view of the skyline. Special events happen regularly and range from the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival to Broadway in Bryant Park, featuring free musical performances.
A National Historic Landmark since 1962, the famous park takes up 843 prime acres of city land. Besides taking leisurely strolls (which could easily take up an entire day), you can rent rowboats and kayaks, see marionette shows, visit the Central Park Zoo, ride the carousel, enjoy countless music and theater performances, and take in an impressive array of public art.