New York City is an exciting mass of energy which creates its own buzz, and this electric vibe is on full display in Midtown Manhattan. This broad area south of Central Park is home to the city’s second major financial district, many iconic buildings like the Chrysler and Empire State Building’s, Grand Central Station and the flashy billboard lined section of Broadway known as Times Square. Midtown Manhattan is the outgoing personality of New York that jumps out in front of the cameras seeking attention.
As a tourist, it’s actually quite difficult to not end up in Midtown Manhattan at some point during your trip to this remarkable city. This is the “As seen on TV” part of New York. You can wander along 5th Avenue, window shopping at some of the most expensive stores in the city. You can walk through the heart of the banking district, especially exciting at the end of the day when the streets flood with suits trying to navigate their way back home.
You can then find yourself in the heart of the entertainment district, seeing the hundreds of LED billboards of Times Square light up the city. This is where you will find some of the best theatres both on and off Broadway.
The nearby Rockafeller Center here is where NBC Studios is located, and it’s possible to catch a showing of SNL or the Tonight Show here. The building is famous for it’s outdoor skating rink and massive Christmas Tree (if you’re able to visit in December). One can’t miss attractions to experience when visiting the city is to see Manhattan from above, and the Rock is one of your options.
The second time I visited New York, I decided to take a trip to the top of this tower, and the views from above just can’t be beaten. Below I have featured a few pictures from both the top of the Rockefeller Center and Empire State Buildings. The view of Manhattan from above puts the size of this city in perspective. The reason I especially like the top of the Rockefeller is that you get to take pictures of Central Park and the Empire State Building. Bonus points if you can make it at sunset.
There is so much to see in do in New York, and a trip to Midtown has to be one of them. If you’re like me, and like wandering a little further off the beaten track, then you won’t be in Midtown for too long, but it’s not something you should skip. Times Square is hectic and full of tourists, but its something you need to see with your own eyes.
Broadway / Times Square:
The Chrysler Building. 2006.
Sunset over the Hudson River and the State of New Jersey. 2008.
Street Vendor. 2006.
Inside of the Cathedral. 2013.
Grand Central Station
Rockefeller Center / Top of the Rock
Rockafeller Center. 2008.
Rainbow Room. 2006.