The population of Midtown East shrinks from about 200,000 in the daytime to barely more than 40,000 at night, which makes it tricky to evaluate: It obviously has abundant services during the day, but some businesses close up shop once the commuters are gone. That leaves residents (who pay a whopping $3,725 for the average two-bedroom) with some very expensive restaurants, as well as cheesy faux-Irish pubs. Still, it’s hugely convenient. And although you’ll sometimes hear that midtown has high crime rates, most of that is petty crime, like pickpocketing, directed at tourists; violent-crime rates are very low.
40th St. to 59th St., East River to Fifth Ave.
7 to Grand Central | 4,5,6 to Grand Central | 7 to Fifth Ave. | E,V to Fifth Ave.-53rd. St. | 6 to 51st St. | E,V to 53rd St.-Lexington Ave. | 4,5,6 to 59th St.-Lexington Ave.