Known more for its office buildings than its homes, Midtown has evolved into a neighborhood that now boasts some of the world’s most elite residential properties. Expect to find mostly full-service buildings at the heart of Midtown and pre-wars on its outskirts. If you want the ability to walk to work, then Midtown has something for you.
Midtown begins at 30th Street to the south and continues until 59th Street to the north, stretching from river to river at some point along the way. This huge stretch can be divided into many smaller neighborhoods, some of which are distinct locations that have their own guide (for example, Murray Hill and Clinton). When referring to Midtown as a neighborhood, those other neighborhoods are usually not included, but their general location is sometimes referred to as midtown Manhattan.
Midtown the neighborhood is the largest central business district in the world. Convenience is its main feature and many Midtown residents also work in the area. Shopping can be found on Fifth Avenue, where stores pay the most expensive retail rents in the world, while dining and entertainment options are nearly endless. Central Park – which needs no introduction – sits on Midtown’s northern border, allowing residents to have convenient access to the world’s most famous park.
Transportation is easy to find in Midtown. In addition to the neighborhood’s many individual train stops, you can find Grand Central Terminal on the east side, along with Penn Station and Port Authority Bus Terminal on the west side.
The largest private real estate development in the United States, known as Hudson Yards, lies west of 9th Avenue; north of 30th Street; and south of 41st Street. The main development is located just south of Hudson Yards Park where the High Line ends. Its convenience to West Chelsea and the 7 train make Hudson Yards perfect for those who want the newest of the new rather than historic charm.
Sutton Place & Beekman Place
East of First Avenue, to the north of 49th Street and to the south of 59th Street, are two historic mini-neighborhoods with similar character: Sutton Place and Beekman Place. Both are known as elite residential communities, with picky co-op boards and lavish single-family mansions that have been owned by some of the world’s most successful people. Those looking for a quiet, secluded location within Midtown – a place to call home – will enjoy Sutton Place and Beekman Place.