The Metropolis: Must-Sees in Midtown

The Metropolis: Must-Sees in Midtown

Midtown—the aptly-named central section of Manhattan—is an exciting and vibrant area. It is home to three major television networks (NBC, CBS, ABC), two major cable television networks (CNN and MSNBC), Times Square, and the location of the United Nations headquarters. You can find some of the most iconic skyscrapers in the world there, too, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and Rockefeller Center.

All three of New York’s major transportation hubs are in Midtown: Grand Central Station, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, and Penn Station. It also offers the finest entertainment venues in the world: Broadway’s Theater District, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and Madison Square Garden, to name a few. With an endless list of things to do, see, and experience in Midtown, we’ll take a closer look at just a few here:

Times Square 

Get ready for sensory overload as you step into the electric atmosphere of Times Square, a mere 1.3 miles away from The Marmara Park Avenue. As the illuminated heart of Manhattan, Times Square dazzles with oversized billboards, overflowing crowds, and endless entertainment. You will find flagship stores of some of the most well-known brands in the world. During the day, you will find character photo ops and plenty of tourist attractions. At night, Time Square glows with a million lights, transforming your experience. There are also plenty of dining options that visitors and locals enjoy. 


Arguably, one of the biggest attractions (if not the most prominent attraction) in New York City is Broadway. Millions of people pour into Midtown’s Theater District to catch a Broadway show every year. Whether it’s a long-running musical, a hot new hit, or an edgy short-run play, there’s nothing like seeing a Broadway show.

There are approximately 40 large Broadway theaters within the Theater District, which runs along Broadway between 41st and 53rd Streets (and surrounding streets). These theaters present their shows every evening except Mondays, with additional matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Broadway provides something for everyone, from serious dramas to irreverent comedies, classic singing and dancing revivals to ground-breaking fusions of rock n’ roll and hip-hop.

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall has been an integral part of American culture, history, and entertainment for nearly a century. Designed to offer everyone access to top-quality entertainment during The Great Depression, Radio City Music Hall has entertained some 300 million people since it opened in 1932. It is a scene-stealer with its splendid Art Deco design—featuring fabulous chandeliers, art, textiles, woodwork, sculptures, grand lobbies and foyers, and a magnificent illuminated arched proscenium.

Only performers at the top of their game could possibly hold their own against this gorgeous backdrop. Radio City Music Hall performers—singers, dancers, musicians, and acrobats—do just that and far more. The hall also hosts notable television specials, awards shows, and sporting events. Perhaps the hall’s most popular and beloved act is The Rockettes. This glamorous and talented dance troupe has graced the Radio City Music Hall’s stage since 1932. Every holiday season, a revolving cast of 80 women (36 on stage for each performance) delight their audiences with precision dance moves, fabulous costumes, show-stopping kick lines, and a living nativity scene with a procession of live animals.

Empire State Building 

Marvel at the Art Deco architecture as you ascend to the observation decks of the Empire State Building for panoramic views of the bustling metropolis below. With its close proximity to The Marmara Park Avenue, you are just 0.7 miles or a quick 5-minute taxi ride away. The building stands 1,250 feet tall and is the fourth tallest building in New York City. There are 103 floors, 73 Otis Elevators, and two observation decks. Several exhibits are also available to explore, giving you a look into the history of the buildings and New York City. 

Rockefeller Center/Top of the Rock  

Enjoy 360-degree views of New York City on the three levels of indoor and outdoor observation decks. There are several ticket packages available to buy, depending on the experience you would like to have. Recreate the iconic image of steelworkers having lunch with The Beam Experience. Dine at The Weather Room while enjoying views of the city. The menu features locally sourced ingredients and casual fare. Tours are also available at Rockefeller Center. During the winter months, you can go ice skating at the center’s rink. 

One Vanderbilt (SUMMIT One)

With its sleek design and state-of-the-art facilities, One Vanderbilt offers a glimpse into the future of New York City's skyline. From its observation decks to its vibrant retail and dining options, there's no shortage of excitement to be found within this architectural marvel. With its close proximity to The Marmara Park Avenue, One Vanderbilt invites you to experience the height of sophistication and modernity in the heart of Manhattan. It is one mile from The Marmara Park Avenue, making it a five-minute taxi ride. Take the external glass elevators, walk through the rooms lined with 30,375 square feet of mirrors, and walk out onto one of two glass ledges suspended 1,100 feet above Madison Avenue. 

Grand Central Terminal

Experience the timeless elegance of Grand Central Terminal, conveniently located just 0.8 miles from The Marmara Park Avenue. Whether you opt for a quick 5-minute taxi ride or choose to embark on a leisurely 15-minute stroll, you'll find yourself immersed in the historic charm and bustling energy of this iconic transportation hub. The Grand Central Terminal elegantly blends tradition with modern innovation. The Main Concourse features a stunning blue ceiling with 12 gold-leaf zodiac constellations and 2,500 stars. Of the stars, 59 are LED, bringing the ceiling to life. You will find plenty of shopping and several bars, coffee shops, quick service, cafes, and restaurants. There are tours available that will give you an in-depth guide to the terminal’s history and notable features. 

New York Public Library 

Whether you opt for a quick 5-minute taxi ride or choose to enjoy a leisurely 15-minute walk, you'll soon find yourself immersed in the rich history and cultural significance of this iconic institution. The midtown location is the New York Public Library’s flagship location. Start in the library’s visitor center to learn about the library’s legacy. The Polonsky Exhibition will give you a glimpse at the library’s most extraordinary pieces in its 56-million item collection. Marvel at the Rose Main Reading Room with its breathtaking ceiling and architecture. Guided tours are available. 

Bryant Park

Nestled in the heart of Midtown, Bryant Park is a beautiful urban green and recreational hub. Native New Yorkers and tourists alike convene there to relax, grab a bite, attend an event or performance, or engage in a bit of recreation. It is so popular and centrally located that it is known as “town square.” You can easily visit the park when staying at The Marmara Park Avenue with a five-minute taxi ride or a 15-minute walk. Here are just some of the things to experience in Bryant Park:
Many recreational games are available at Bryant Park, including ping pong, putting and kubb, pétaque, and tabletop games such as chess and backgammon. The park hosts lively marathons and tournaments for several games throughout the summer Leisure Activities. If games aren’t your thing, grab a book or magazine from Bryant Park’s “Open Air Library.” You’re welcome to read anything you like for free as long as you return it before you leave. The park also provides free craft and drawing supplies and instruction at certain times.

Many types of classes are available at the park, including yoga, dance, fencing, juggling, and more. The park has plenty of things for kids as well, including storytimes, magic, puppet shows, and birthday parties at Le Carrousel. Food.  There are plenty of dining options, from enjoying an upscale meal at Bryant Park Grille and the Bryant Park Café to dining al fresco on the Southwest Porch and grabbing a quick bite at one of several food kiosks. Events. As if all of this wasn’t enough, Bryant Park sponsors many events and performances throughout the year. Some events include dance parties, concerts, bingo/movie/trivia nights, Broadway in Bryant Park, and square dancing. Also, don’t miss their annual Winter Village with unique vendors, an outdoor skating rink, and lots of holiday fun.

Fifth Avenue Shopping

A mere stone's throw away from The Marmara Park Avenue. Spanning approximately one mile, a quick five-minute taxi ride or a leisurely fifteen-minute walk will lead you to this iconic shopping destination. Renowned for its upscale boutiques, luxury flagship stores, and designer labels, Fifth Avenue beckons with a plethora of fashion-forward offerings to suit every taste and style. Whether you're in search of haute couture, fine jewelry, or exclusive designer pieces, Fifth Avenue promises a premier shopping experience amidst the bustling energy of Manhattan. Some of the most iconic stores on Fifth Avenue include: 

●    Apple
●    Bergdorf Goodman 
●    Cartier 
●    Saks Fifth Avenue 
●    Nike 
●    Tiffany & Co. 

Macy’s Flagship Store

Located just one mile away, a quick five-minute taxi ride, or a leisurely fifteen-minute walk from The Marmara Park Avenue, Macy's flagship store stands as an iconic landmark in the heart of Manhattan.  Boasting a rich history dating back to its founding in 1858, this retail giant spans an impressive 2.5 million square feet, with 1.25 million square feet of retail space, offering an unparalleled shopping experience across 12 floors. The store takes up an entire city block. From high-end fashion to home goods and everything in between, Macy's Flagship store promises an unforgettable excursion. If you visit New York City during the holidays, it is a must to see the stunning holiday window displays the store has. 


Three of New York City’s most visited museums are located in Midtown. Many boast overwhelmingly large collections, continually rotating exhibits, and convenient amenities like cafes, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. 

The Morgan Library is a half mile north of The Marmara Park Avenue. Housed within the former private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, the museum boasts an impressive collection of rare manuscripts, literary treasures, and fine art masterpieces, including works by renowned artists such as Rembrandt and Rubens. From Morgan’s artifact collection to the elegant architecture, to the serene atmosphere, this cultural experience is a can’t miss. 

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is iconic for its distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright-designed spiral structure. It is located about five miles from The Marmara Park Avenue, which makes it about 25 minutes by taxi. It houses a diverse collection of modern and contemporary art, including works by Picasso, Kandinsky, and Calder. 

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), is located just 1.5 miles away from The Marmara Park Avenue—a quick and convenient 15-minute taxi ride. Renowned for its extensive collection of modern and contemporary masterpieces, MoMA showcases works by iconic artists such as Picasso, Warhol, and Van Gogh, among others. Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiast or a curious newcomer, a visit to MoMA promises an enriching and inspiring experience in the heart of New York City. When visiting, stop by The Modern for contemporary American fare, Cafe2 for rustic Italian, or the Terrace Cafe for elegant light bites. There is also an espresso bar and a seasonal garden bar. 

Explore Midtown When Staying at The Marmara Park Avenue

For travelers seeking the ultimate New York City experience, The Marmara Park Avenue stands as the perfect choice for accommodation. Ideally situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, this luxurious hotel offers unparalleled convenience for exploring the city's iconic sights. With Midtown's renowned landmarks just moments away, guests of The Marmara Park Avenue are perfectly positioned to immerse themselves in the vibrant energy of Manhattan. After a day of sightseeing, retreat to the hotel's elegant rooms and suites, each meticulously designed to provide comfort and sophistication.

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