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About East Midtown
East Midtown Manhattan is a community that can’t be summed up in a brief few words.
East Midtown is many things. It is luxury shopping along East 57th Street and Madison and Park Avenues. It is Bloomingdale’s and Dylan’s Candy Bar… Maserati-Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz… T. Anthony and Audemars Piguet.
It is the Waldorf-Astoria, the Benjamin, and a number of upscale boutique hotels. It is Felidia, Shun Lee Palace, Aquavit, Serendipity 3 and many more of New York City’s finest restaurants. It is an entertainment destination, with unique venues like the lounge at Opia, Florence Gould Hall, and the 59E59 Theaters.
It is an international center of home design and decorating, with scores of showrooms clustered in the world-renowned Decorative Arts District. Savvy shoppers across the globe know they can find the best and most unique home décor items – furnishings, lighting, antiques, kitchen and bath, and anything else they could possibly need – in East Midtown… and they can also find the best design professionals to help it all come together.
It is one of Manhattan’s primary business hubs, featuring not only an abundance of banks and office supply outlets, but unique retailers like Sam Flax and Just Bulbs. Many of New York’s major financial, real estate, and legal firms call East Midtown home, including Bloomberg, Cantor Fitzgerald, Paul Weiss, and Debevoise & Plimpton.
It is full of significant architecture, from the historic Central Synagogue to the Philip Johnson-designed Lipstick and Sony buildings to 731 Lexington Avenue, one of the city’s most recent – and notable – skyscrapers. But East Midtown is more than towering fifty-story office buildings lining its avenues, workplaces to tens of thousands of New Yorkers. It is also the quiet tree-lined streets of Turtle Bay and the Upper East Side, where three-story brownstones house tony retailers and residents alike.
Finally, East Midtown is a transit hub, with eight subway lines, innumerable bus lines, and the Roosevelt Island Tram moving millions of people above and below its streets each year. It is on the doorstep of Grand Central Terminal, a quick trip from Penn Station, and a short walk to Times Square and Broadway. It is also a self-contained area offering workers, residents, and visitors alike everything they want within a one-block walk.
East Midtown is a microcosm of New York City: active, eclectic, diverse and alive.