From the hustle of the Port Authority Bus Terminal
to the bustle of Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street, much of New York's dazzling vibrancy and energy emanates from this area stretching from Times Square
to Central Park South. Packed with theaters, tourist attractions and tall office buildings, the buzz and glow of the city are most obvious amid the huge neon signs, giant wraparound news tickers (ABC News
has a studio location here) and Broadway marquees. After braving the crowds of pop-obsessed teeny boppers gathered around MTV Studios
visit the Hershey’s Time Square Store
to satisfy your sweet tooth. Or grab a bite to eat at typical tourist meccas like Planet Hollywood
or the ESPN Zone
A stroll up Broadway, whether in the early morning or late at night, passes by some of America's most cherished institutions, and the number of glowing lights are rivaled only by the Las Vegas Strip. Little wonder that Mondrian's inspiration for "Broadway Boogie-Woogie" came from this amazing array of places and colors; some of the facades literally scream out at the visitor as though ready to burst out from the grid of Midtown's streets and fly into orbit!
If you need a respite from the sensory overstimulation of Times Square, visit the New York Public Library
. The majestic Beaux-Arts building, flanked by the two famous marble lions, Patience and Fortitude, has been the heart and soul of the New York library system for nearly a century. It’s great for a little peace and quiet, and of course a great read. The library is to adjacent Bryant Park
, which is a lovely patch of green in the middle of skyscraper territory. Among the amenities available to visitors are a French-style carousel, a boule board, chess tables, free summer movie screening, over 25,000 varieties of flowers, the Bryant Park Grill, and free wireless access, as well as 2,000 moveable chairs.
Midtown west is also home to Radio City Music Hall
(home to world-famous dancers, the Rockettes), Museum of Television and Radio
, Museum of Modern Art
, Carnegie Hall
and the newly renovated Museum of Arts & Design
. These extraordinary cultural institutions play host year-round to natives and tourists alike, so catch an eye-catching exhibit or enjoy a symphony and bask in some of New York’s greatest artistic offerings.
There is also no shortage of restaurants in the area. For some excellent French fare try La Bergamote
, which is known for its vast menu, with nearly 30 types of luxurious French pastries, six sorts of croissants, over a dozen types of breads as well as diverse handmade chocolates. For dinner try Aquavit
, the country's preeminent Scandinavian restaurant. There really are too many dining options to list, but click here
to check out entire listings of restaurant in the Midtown area.
If you're looking to spend your stay in New York right in the heart of Midtown, there are plenty of hotel options. The Renaissance New York Hotel
is located in close proximity to Times Square, as is sophisticated, luxury boutique hotel Night
. And for the more budget conscious traveler there's the Comfort Inn Midtown
and the Portland Square Hotel