Neighbourhood: Midtown Manhattan

Neighbourhood Midtown Manhattan

Manhattan is considered the main district of New York City. Midtown Manhattan is one of the 3 parts of the island of Manhattan in New York (along with Uptown and Downtown Manhattan). The economic centre of the city has dozens of skyscrapers. There are more than 3 million people working here on a daily basis. However, these workers often live elsewhere and commute to Midtown. Midtown has a high population of world famous buildings and squares:

Times Square

Times Square is sometimes referred to as the centre of the world. Nowhere else on earth do this many different cultures come together on one square every day. Times Square is the intersection of 2 streets, 7th Avenue and Broadway. Since 2009, Broadway between 42nd and 47th Street has been closed to give tourists more room. There are many tables and chairs on the square that are free to use. When it gets dark, Times Square is dominated by the lights of billboards. A phenomenon that just can’t be missed when visiting New York.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building, with its 103 floors and 443 meters, was once the tallest building in New York. Now that honour belongs to the One World Trade Center. The building was finished in 1931 and was the tallest building until the Twin Towers took over the title in 1972. It was the tallest building again after the Twin Towers were destroyed. The Empire State Building has a different colour almost every day, with each colour combination having its own significance. You can visit the Empire State Building every day of the year.

Neighbourhood Midtown Manhattan - Times Square Neighbourhood Midtown Manhattan - Empire State Building at Night

Chrysler Building

One of the finest buildings in Manhattan is the Chrysler Building. The Chrysler Building is a whopping 319 meters high and was the second tallest building in New York for decades. Because the Chrysler building is not accessible to the public, you can best see it from the Empire State Building.

Top of the Rock and Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is best known for the ice rink with the golden statue. The ‘center’ has 14 buildings, built between 1929 and 1940, in the heart of Manhattan in New York. Since 2008, you can also go to the Top of the Rock, a lookout over Manhattan, Queens, New Jersey and Brooklyn.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal is the main train station of New York City, next to Penn Station. Grand Central Terminal is also popularly called Grand Central Station. In addition to the trains, there are also five subway lines that come together, lines 4, 5, 6, 7, and S. Grand Central Terminal is a must see if you are in New York.

Neighbourhood Midtown Manhattan - Rockefeller Rink Neighbourhood Midtown Manhattan - Grand Central

How many boroughs does New York have?

New York has five boroughs: the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Manhattan. Read more about the New York boroughs.

In which New York area should you stay?

As most of the sights and attractions are located in Manhattan, this is a great spot to stay at. However keep in mind that prices are higher - alternatives for Manhattan can be found in the New York borough list.

How many districts are there in Manhattan?

There are more than 70 districts to be found in Manhattan. Read more about the most beautiful ones in the New York neighbourhood overview.

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