Midtown Manhattan is home to some of the most popular destinations in New York City. Many of the cities most iconic landmarks – the Empire State Building, Times Square, Broadway and Grand Central Terminal – are all located here. To the north is Central Park, the rectangular shaped green space that sits in the middle of Manhattan. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been to New York, the buzz and excitement around Midtown Manhattan and Times Square is hard to describe. A trip to New York is not complete unless your path crosses with Midtown.
The streets are flooded with thousands of people with flashing billboards and the sound of traffic and people blending into one. It surrounds you; it’s a sensory overload. Times Square is the most visited place on the planet; over 330,000 pedestrians (many of them tourists) pass through this place every day, totaling over 130 million people every year. This nexus has been described as the center of the universe, a claim which we are not planning to try to refute. There is nothing else like Times Square anywhere else in the world.
During our most recent trip to New York we did a really good job of not spending our whole time in Manhattan, and we explored a few different places in Brooklyn and Queens. It was inevitable that we would end up in Midtown at some point, as there are just too many “New York” things to see here. It was also Norma’s first time visiting New York, and you haven’t really seen New York until you’ve seen Times Square.
We started our day at the top of the Empire State Building, before wandering into the heart of Times Square. We made time to walk along 5th Avenue, see the skating rink at the Rockefeller Center and spent a few hours just wandering through the park. One of our favourite attractions was our visit to the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) where we saw some incredible paintings from Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.
We’re already planning our next trip, as the list of things we didn’t do in the city far outweighs the things we did do. New York is like that; there are so many things to do at all hours of the day, that you will never run out of excitement. There is something for everyone. We hope you enjoy our final video from New York, showing off some of the highlights from our visit to Midtown Manhattan.
The heart of New York City is in Manhattan. Times Square is the most visited place on the planet, with over 300,000 people passing through here every day. Midtown has many of the tallest buildings in the city, centered around Manhattan’s other downtown. Not only will you find some of the most popular attractions in the city – like Broadway, Central Park, and Grand Central Terminal – there are also many great hidden gems, fantastic places to eat and drink, unique things to see and do.
We did quite a bit during our time in New York, but Midtown Manhattan has to be one of the most memorable. We spent a whole afternoon wandering around this area, coming back the next day to visit the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), where we saw many great works of art from Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet, to name a few. This is the most touristy part of the city, but it is part of what makes New York such a great place to visit.