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Exploring Midtown Manhattan

March 01, 2017

New York timeline with Empire State building

Located at the heart of Manhattan, Midtown is home to some of the most recognizable landmarks in the city, if not the world, and is the busiest commercial district in the country. With the majority of the city’s skyscrapers, as well as some of its best attractions, being found in Midtown, this is an area that offers up so much to see and do.

Empire State Building
The Empire State Building dominates the city’s skyline, and is visible from the majority of Manhattan. This skyscraper has been an iconic part of the city since 1931, and while it may no longer be the tallest building in the world, the observation decks found on the 86th and 102nd floor still offer some of the best panoramic views of the city that you will find.

Grand Central Terminal
One of the few remaining historic train stations in the country, Grand Central Terminal is the busiest train station in the United States, serving over 200,000 commuters each day. With 44 platforms, it is also the largest train station in the world, and, thanks to the restoration projects it has undergone over the years, it is definitely grand and impressive. Even if you do not have the time to stop off at the many shops and restaurants based here, it is still worth taking a walk around the station, appreciating its one-of-a-kind architecture and design details.

Times Square
Times Square is actually triangular in shape, and is usually at the top of priority lists for first-time visitors to the city, attracting over 50 million visitors each year. Over 330,000 people pass through Times Square each and every day, so while it may always seem busy and crowded, its constantly pulsating vibe is exactly what makes it so special.

Times Square

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Rockefeller Center
While the Rockefeller Center may be most famous for its wintertime activities, such as the annual Christmas tree lighting and the stunning ice skating rink, its Top of the Rock Observation Deck is open throughout the year. Located 70 floors high, this observation deck is another one of the city’s best viewpoints, especially on a clear day. The Rockefeller Center is also where you will find the NBC Studios, which offers behind the scenes tours for visitors who want to check out the sets of some of their favorite television shows.

Waldorf Astoria
One of the most luxurious hotels in the city, the Waldorf Astoria extends for an entire block, and, out of its 1413 rooms, 121 of them are considered to have historical significance. While you may not be able to have a look at its famous Presidential Suite with its bulletproof glass, the hotel lobby is open to the public, and its intricate design is most definitely worth viewing.

Midtown Manhattan is home to some of the most iconic parts of the city. From the world-famous Statue of Liberty to the influential work that goes on at the NBC Studios, this is such a richly diverse area of New York, and is always such an adventure to explore.

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