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The Top 4 Attractions in Midtown East

Published on August 29, 2017 by rae steinbach

If you are new to NYC or just here on vacation, then visiting the neighborhood of Midtown East is a must. You can see some of the most expensive apartments in NYC, while also taking in affordable eats and cultural attractions. Don’t be fooled by the luxury apartments here, though. If you’re looking for a place to live or stay while on an extended vacation, Midtown East also offers quite a few cheap short-term rentals. So in order to get the insider’s look into things to do in Midtown East NYC, we have listed below the best attractions as your ultimate guide to this hood:

Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building stands out as one of the tallest buildings on the Midtown East skyline. While being attractive, the tower also gives breathtaking views of Manhattan and across the East River.

This history of the Chrysler Building is equally fascinating. When it was constructed in 1930, it was the tallest building in Manhattan. But only for 11 months! It stood out at the time (and still does) for its Art Deco decoration and gleaming metallic finishes.

Only the lobby is accessible to guests. However, catching a glimpse of this towering figure from almost anywhere in the city is a stunning scene.

Pace Gallery (Midtown)

If you’re in the mood for a creative excursion, visit this top notch contemporary art gallery during the day in NYC. For art lovers and amateurs alike, this place holds plenty of appeal and famous pieces of modern art. You can truly enjoy the day wandering through the intricate halls of Pace and observing the wonderful works of art.

Pace Gallery showcases the modern and contemporary artwork of artists like Mark Rothko, Julian Schnabel, and James Turrell. It’s always worth the time looking at the masterpieces of such great artists.    

East River view

United Nations Headquarters

One of the best sights of New York City includes the United Nations Headquarters. This building is in an area known officially as “international zone”. Therefore, it’s not a part of the US. This historic building is built on an  18-acre tract on the East River. Look out for the array of flags in front of the member nations that designate this as a multicultural landmark. You can visit this attraction with your family and friends. Here, you can all enjoy the day learning about a significant place in not only NYC, but also the world.

If you want to schedule a more official viewing of the UN, a 45-minute guided tour is offered. This tour is given in 20 languages and includes a walkaround of the General Assembly and the major Council chambers. You can book the tickets online and take a trip to this historic and stunning icon of Midtown East.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central is not only one of the largest and busiest railway stations in the world, but also a majestic and beautiful public space. There are the stunning chandeliers all over the halls and vast amounts of marble everywhere. The big attraction, though, is the twinkling fiber-optic map of the constellations that conceals the robin’s-egg-blue ceiling in the Grand Concourse.

Regardless of it being huge in size, Grand Central figures out how to summon a specific feeling of warmth rarely found in structures of its size. It’s truly a jaw-dropping experience for the whole family.

There’s so much more to see and do in Midtown East, let alone in the rest of Manhattan. This Top 4 Guide is just to get you started as you plan your next NYC vacation or are deciding on what to do on a day in this city. To enjoy the best NYC has to offer, take advantage of a short-term rental, which is available in any neighborhood of your choice.

Category: Holiday Ideas