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What New York City-based film is complete without a sweeping aerial shot of the iconic skyscrapers of Midtown? Situated in the literal heart of Manhattan, central Midtown runs from Central Park South to 34th Street between Fifth and Eighth Avenues. From the non-stop lights of Times Square to the world-class entertainment of the theater district to the vast splendor of Central Park, there's literally something for everyone in this energetic swath of the city.

Although known primarily as commercial district, housing is abundant, luxurious and pricey. From august co-op buildings along Central Park South to the dizzying super-towers of 57th Street's Billionaire's Row, homes are placed almost exclusively within high-rise accommodations. And while Midtown conveys a center-of-the-universe vibe, basic residential conveniences like grocery stores and pharmacies are far-flung in this business center devoted to busy professionals and tourist trade.

Neighborhood Highlights

  • Central Park South is the gateway to Lower Central Park where some of the most popular attractions can be found, including the Central Park Zoo and Wollman Rink .

  • The Plaza Hotel cuts a stately figure at the southeastern corner of the park and offers visitors access to venerable destinations, such as the Palm Court and the Oak Room, as well as the modern Todd English Food Hall downstairs.

  • Massive Rockefeller Center is well known as the site of NBC television studios, the iconic skating rink and New York City's favorite Christmas tree. Also found within the 12-acre complex is Radio City Music Hall , providing 6,000-seat capacity for live shows, concerts and televised events.

  • No section of the city attracts tourists and repels locals like Times Square . Love it or hate it, there's no denying the area's pulsing energy and only-in-New-York electric extravagance.

  • The 102-story, 85-year-old Empire State Building boasts two observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors.

  • Bryant Park offers a lovely 9-acre site for midday relaxing, winter skating and summer outdoor movies, while the adjacent Beaux-Arts New York Public Library is carefully guarded by marble lions Patience and Fortitude.

  • Situated in Midtown since 1939, New York's Museum of Modern Art is among the foremost modern art institutions in the world.

Midtown Area Map