EXPLORE MIDTOWN EAST

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Midtown East melds the vibrancy of commerce with exquisite classic architecture. The area houses some of New York’s most iconic landmarks, like Grand Central Terminal – one of the largest and most stunning train stations in the world, the United Nations Headquarters, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the gorgeous Chrysler Building. With all this to offer and more, Midtown East stands as tall as it does proud in the very heart of Manhattan.

From a commercial real estate standpoint, the neighborhood's Plaza District surrounding the Plaza Hotel reigns supreme as the place to be and the place to see. Fifth Avenue passes through, offering world-renowned shopping, and Rockefeller Center is always a sight to behold no matter the time of year.

Many renowned firms call Midtown East the home of their corporate offices, including Barneys New York, Lacoste USA and Bergdorf Goodman, as well as the main branch of the New York Public Library. Fine eateries such as La Grenouille, Club A Steakhouse and The Sea Fire Grill populate the area as well, rounding out its luxury offerings.

While welcoming visitors and sending off New Yorkers onto weekend excursions, Grand Central is a destination in its own right, beckoning you to stay a while. Aside from its inspiring starry ceiling, gorgeous Beaux-Arts architecture and iconic restaurants such as Grand Central Oyster Bar and Campbell Apartment. And we’d be remiss to forget to mention Shake Shack.

HISTORY

Each of these niches holds a unique history. From East 23rd to 34th Streets, and the East River to Third Avenue is Kips Bay, named after Jacobus Hendrickson Kip who owned farmland in the area. One of the city's few remaining wooden houses still stands at East 29th Street, and Broadway Alley, its only dirt alley, rests near East 26th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Murray Hill, which runs from East 34th to 42nd Streets and from the East River to Madison Avenue, was named after the Quaker merchant Robert Murray. The hill that once held his farmhouse, built in 1762, has since been leveled.

From East 41st to 43rd Streets between First and Second Avenues is Tudor City, the first residential skyscraper in the world completed in 1932 in neo-Gothic style.

North of Kips Bay is Turtle Bay, a 1639 Dutch farmland settlement that once overlooked a small cove (where Edgar Allen Poe often rowed a boat). This was home to James Beekman's famous Mount Pleasant Mansion (1763), in what is now known as Beekman Place, as well as the Turtle Bay Gardens Historic District that attracted literati and actors in the 1920s. In 1950, the UN headquarters was built on the edge of the East River, where a slaughterhouse once operated. Just above this neighborhood is Sutton Place, the area known to have been the epitome of fashion in the 1920s.

LANDSCAPE

While Midtown East is filled with luxury skyscraper condos and co-ops featuring open city views and wonderful modern amenities, its contemporary vibe is complemented by rich tradition evidenced by classic brownstones and historic landmarks like the Art Deco landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel, and St. Patrick's Cathedral, a Gothic Revival masterpiece built on Fifth Avenue in 1878. Professionals and families flock to this safe and convenient neighborhood that affords prime access to attractions and transportation.

Comprised of different neighborhood niches, Midtown East packs quite a punch for a day, evening or night well spent, from Kips Bay, and Murray Hill to Tudor City, Turtle Bay and Sutton Place.

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