Manhattan owes its iconic skyline and over-the-top style to Midtown East. Give your regards to Broadway from Herald Square, then summit neighboring Empire State Building for giddy 360-degree views. King Kong was right: this is the best vantage point in Manhattan. Farther uptown, Rockefeller Center's Top of the Rock triple-decker observation platform offers panoramas over the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. Nobody does holidays like Midtown East, with its Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Christmas Spectaculars at Radio City Music Hall, and Rockefeller Center's ice rink and multi-story Christmas tree. Between holidays, Midtown East hits the books at New York Public Library and works toward world peace at the United Nations. MoMA keeps Manhattanites talking with daring performance art. Even rush-hour commuters stop and stare at Grand Central Terminal's Main Concourse Tiffany glass windows, and toast promotions with Champagne and Long Island oysters at Grand Central's vintage 1913 Oyster Bar.
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Getting Around New York City
The best way to get around New York is by walking and using the subway. The subway and bus system generally runs 24 hours, with some exceptions. Taxis are readily available, but traffic can make it a costly and slow option.
Nearby Airports
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport-JFK
  • LaGuardia Airport-LGA
  • Newark International Airport-EWR
Airport Taxis
  • $52 from JFK
  • $26 from LGA
  • $35 from EWR
  • (All rates are exclusive of bridge and tunnel tolls, which can range from $4-$6.)
Things to Do and See Near Midtown East