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Midtown West

Midtown West
Living in Midtown West

Bordered by Hell's Kitchen, Central Park South, and Midtown East, this neighborhood puts you in the heart of Manhattan right next to some of its most beloved establishments and landmarks. You're within walking distance of Central Park and have Times Square and the theater district on your doorstep, not to mention Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.

For people who work in midtown, the neighborhood affords them the opportunity to cut out the commute and walk to work past the iconic skyscrapers that are part of the midtown landscape. One of the most connected neighborhoods in the city, Midtown West has Times Square- 42nd street within its borders and a host of other stations keeping you within easy reach of the rest of the New York.

Midtown West Real Estate

Midtown West is a neighborhood full of stylish high-rises with spectacular views of the city and the Hudson River. Many have luxury amenities like concierge and valet services as well as fitness centers.

Those looking for Midtown West Apartments or Midtown West rentals will find luxury condos with floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors and granite kitchens, while further south near Koreatown there are a few historic walk-ups.

Midtown West History

Once a rural area farmed by Dutch settlers, Midtown West was not even a part of New York City until 1822, when the land that constitutes Midtown fell under its jurisdiction. At the beginning of the 19th century the neighborhood began to receive increasing investment and in 1880's the rapid transit system arrived in what was then known as Longacre Square. With the building of the Times Tower in 1904, the name changed to the more familiar Times Square. Even at this time, it was considered a center for theater.

A few blocks down the road another major Midtown industry was developing in the Garment District. The increasing demand for ready-made clothing throughout the 19th century led to fashion becoming the city's largest industry by 1900. As the twentieth century continued increasing, tourism and investment led to Midtown West becoming part of the biggest commercial, entertainment and media centers in the world.

Midtown West Attractions

Brightly adorned with giant electronic billboards and neon signs, Times Square is one of the world's busiest pedestrian areas attracting some 50 million visitors every year. It's been the site of the traditional New Year's Eve ball drop since 1907.

The Theater District spreads out from Times Square and is home to most of New York's Broadway and off-Broadway shows, as well as many restaurants located on what has become known as restaurant row.

The world-famous Museum of Modern Art, or also known as MoMA, is dedicated to sharing thought-provoking, contemporary art. Considered by many to have the best collection of western masterpieces in the world, the museum has over 150,000 individual pieces in addition to over 22,000 films. Even the building is a work of art. Created by Philip Goodwin and Edward Durrell Stone in 1939, over the years architects like Philip Johnson and more recently Yoshio Taniguchi, have added extensions.

Another iconic Midtown West building is Radio City Music Hall. Built in 1932 this is a great place to see concerts and live stage shows most notably by The Rockettes. It is also the venue for the annual TONY Awards.

The Rockefeller Center is a complex of nineteen buildings including Radio City Music Hall and 30 Rockefeller Plaza, which is home to NBC studios and the iconic Rainbow Room restaurant. On the 86th floor you'll also find the famed observation deck that gives you spectacular views of Manhattan. Considered one of the great projects of the Great Depression era, the Rockefeller Center was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Each year there is a tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Plaza to celebrate the Christmas season which has become a beloved event.

Bryant Park has a long history and was first designated as a public space in 1686 by New York's colonial governor Thomas Dongan. In 1776, George Washington's troops crossed the area while retreating from the Battle of Long Island. These days the 9-acre site is the perfect place for a lunch break in the warmer months.

The park's lawn is host to events such as the Bryant Park Summer Festival and various musical performances like Broadway in Bryant Park which features performers from contemporary musicals. In the winter months, people enjoy skating at the city's only free ice skating rink, part of Bank of America Winter Village.

Lastly, Carnegie Hall was built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891 and is one of the most prestigious venues in the world for both classical and popular music. On its opening night, the conductor of the orchestra was none other than Tchaikovsky.

Midtown West Shopping

Japanese import Muji has a few stores in the city, but it has a glass-walled, flagship in Midtown West. The minimalist retailer sells everything from stationary to bedding to clothing.

In the Time Warner Center, you'll find The Shops at Columbus Circle, where there are four floors of stores including luxury brands like Coach, Thomas Pink, and Bose as well as the first ever Amazon Books store. You'll also find a very large Wholefoods in the basement, while on the top floor are two of the city's leading restaurants, Per Se and Bar Masa.

Midtown West restaurants

Le Bernardin is one of the most famous fish restaurants in America. It is consistently ranked one of the best restaurants in the world and has never received less than a four-star review from the New York Times since its opening. It has not only won awards for its food but for its service and décor too. Helmed by Chef Eric Ripert, it sticks to a simple philosophy of creating fresh, simple and beautifully prepared fish dishes.

Overlooking MoMA's sculpture garden is The Modern, a contemporary American restaurant that makes refined but playful dishes using seasonal ingredients. It serves up three distinct culinary experiences: a prix fixe menu in the dining room, an a la carte menu in the lively bar room and a tasting menu at the Kitchen Table. All paired with an extensive selection of wines. Opposite Bryant Park is Gabriel Kreuther, the Alsatian–inspired restaurant from one of New York's leading chefs. It serves post-nouvelle cuisine in a comfortably luxurious space featuring salvaged-wood beams.

Midtown West nightlife

Started by Le Bernardin's master sommelier Aldo Sohm, Wine Bar offers a range of immaculately curated wines accompanied by artisanal cheeses and a charcuterie selection among other small plates all served in an elegant living room style space.

In the Iroquois Hotel is Lantern's Keep, an elegant saloon with dark wood paneling and historic décor that offers classic Prohibition-era cocktails like Raspberry Rickey and Pineapple Collins.

Living in Midtown West
Bordered by Hell's Kitchen, Central Park South, and Midtown East, this neighborhood puts you in the heart of Manhattan right next to some of its most beloved establishments and landmarks. You're within walking distance of Central Park and have Times Square and the theater district on your doorstep, not to mention Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.

For people who work in midtown, the neighborhood affords them the opportunity to cut out the commute and walk to work past the iconic skyscrapers that are part of the midtown landscape. One of the most connected neighborhoods in the city, Midtown West has Times Square- 42nd street within its borders and a host of other stations keeping you within easy reach of the rest of the New York.

Midtown West Real Estate

Midtown West is a neighborhood full of stylish high-rises with spectacular views of the city and the Hudson River. Many have luxury amenities like concierge and valet services as well as fitness centers.

Those looking for Midtown West Apartments or Midtown West rentals will find luxury condos with floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors and granite kitchens, while further south near Koreatown there are a few historic walk-ups.

Midtown West History

Once a rural area farmed by Dutch settlers, Midtown West was not even a part of New York City until 1822, when the land that constitutes Midtown fell under its jurisdiction. At the beginning of the 19th century the neighborhood began to receive increasing investment and in 1880's the rapid transit system arrived in what was then known as Longacre Square. With the building of the Times Tower in 1904, the name changed to the more familiar Times Square. Even at this time, it was considered a center for theater.

A few blocks down the road another major Midtown industry was developing in the Garment District. The increasing demand for ready-made clothing throughout the 19th century led to fashion becoming the city's largest industry by 1900. As the twentieth century continued increasing, tourism and investment led to Midtown West becoming part of the biggest commercial, entertainment and media centers in the world.

Midtown West Attractions

Brightly adorned with giant electronic billboards and neon signs, Times Square is one of the world's busiest pedestrian areas attracting some 50 million visitors every year. It's been the site of the traditional New Year's Eve ball drop since 1907.

The Theater District spreads out from Times Square and is home to most of New York's Broadway and off-Broadway shows, as well as many restaurants located on what has become known as restaurant row.

The world-famous Museum of Modern Art, or also known as MoMA, is dedicated to sharing thought-provoking, contemporary art. Considered by many to have the best collection of western masterpieces in the world, the museum has over 150,000 individual pieces in addition to over 22,000 films. Even the building is a work of art. Created by Philip Goodwin and Edward Durrell Stone in 1939, over the years architects like Philip Johnson and more recently Yoshio Taniguchi, have added extensions.

Another iconic Midtown West building is Radio City Music Hall. Built in 1932 this is a great place to see concerts and live stage shows most notably by The Rockettes. It is also the venue for the annual TONY Awards.

The Rockefeller Center is a complex of nineteen buildings including Radio City Music Hall and 30 Rockefeller Plaza, which is home to NBC studios and the iconic Rainbow Room restaurant. On the 86th floor you'll also find the famed observation deck that gives you spectacular views of Manhattan. Considered one of the great projects of the Great Depression era, the Rockefeller Center was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Each year there is a tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Plaza to celebrate the Christmas season which has become a beloved event.

Bryant Park has a long history and was first designated as a public space in 1686 by New York's colonial governor Thomas Dongan. In 1776, George Washington's troops crossed the area while retreating from the Battle of Long Island. These days the 9-acre site is the perfect place for a lunch break in the warmer months.

The park's lawn is host to events such as the Bryant Park Summer Festival and various musical performances like Broadway in Bryant Park which features performers from contemporary musicals. In the winter months, people enjoy skating at the city's only free ice skating rink, part of Bank of America Winter Village.

Lastly, Carnegie Hall was built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891 and is one of the most prestigious venues in the world for both classical and popular music. On its opening night, the conductor of the orchestra was none other than Tchaikovsky.

Midtown West Shopping

Japanese import Muji has a few stores in the city, but it has a glass-walled, flagship in Midtown West. The minimalist retailer sells everything from stationary to bedding to clothing.

In the Time Warner Center, you'll find The Shops at Columbus Circle, where there are four floors of stores including luxury brands like Coach, Thomas Pink, and Bose as well as the first ever Amazon Books store. You'll also find a very large Wholefoods in the basement, while on the top floor are two of the city's leading restaurants, Per Se and Bar Masa.

Midtown West restaurants

Le Bernardin is one of the most famous fish restaurants in America. It is consistently ranked one of the best restaurants in the world and has never received less than a four-star review from the New York Times since its opening. It has not only won awards for its food but for its service and décor too. Helmed by Chef Eric Ripert, it sticks to a simple philosophy of creating fresh, simple and beautifully prepared fish dishes.

Overlooking MoMA's sculpture garden is The Modern, a contemporary American restaurant that makes refined but playful dishes using seasonal ingredients. It serves up three distinct culinary experiences: a prix fixe menu in the dining room, an a la carte menu in the lively bar room and a tasting menu at the Kitchen Table. All paired with an extensive selection of wines. Opposite Bryant Park is Gabriel Kreuther, the Alsatian–inspired restaurant from one of New York's leading chefs. It serves post-nouvelle cuisine in a comfortably luxurious space featuring salvaged-wood beams.

Midtown West nightlife

Started by Le Bernardin's master sommelier Aldo Sohm, Wine Bar offers a range of immaculately curated wines accompanied by artisanal cheeses and a charcuterie selection among other small plates all served in an elegant living room style space.

In the Iroquois Hotel is Lantern's Keep, an elegant saloon with dark wood paneling and historic décor that offers classic Prohibition-era cocktails like Raspberry Rickey and Pineapple Collins.

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