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Get to know Central Park South

While it is only three blocks long, running between Fifth and Eighth avenues, Central Park South deserves to be considered a neighborhood of its own. That’s even more impressive when you consider that the north side of the street is Central Park. (In defining the neighborhood’s limits, we are also including the two blocks to the park’s south, down to 57th Street.) In that short span, you’ll find a number of Manhattan’s most exclusive apartment buildings, as well as its leading hotels — both iconic properties and new arrivals. In recent years, rising among the older towers have been a number of the pencil-thin super-tall skyscrapers by leading firms and starchitects, like Robert A.M. Stern, that are transforming the skyline of Manhattan.
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Commerce & Culture

Each end of Central Park South is anchored by one of the city’s premier shopping and dining destinations. To its west, The Shops at Columbus Circle includes two Michelin-star restaurants (another, Jean-Georges, is on the other side of the circle), a collection of stores including a Whole Foods Market, and the Mandarin Oriental hotel. At the opposite end of Central Park South, the Plaza Hotel overlooks both the park and a prime retail stretch of Fifth Avenue. Along the three blocks of Central Park South itself are a number of other top restaurants, including those located at leading hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott Essex House. The most prominent cultural institution in the immediate neighborhood is the Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle, but others, from Carnegie Hall to the Museum of Modern Art, are just minutes away.

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