Midtown East at a Glance
One of the most corporate neighborhoods in NYC, Midtown East is non-stop during the workweek. Workers come and go, making their way throughout this neighborhood’s many Class-A buildings, which comprise some of the most expensive commercial real estate in New York City, and even the whole country. As Manhattan’s central business district, many of the retail stores and restaurants cater to the business crowd here. With Grand Central right in the center of this neighborhood, Midtown East is the channel through which many people travel in and out of New York City. That’s part of the reason why the buildings and businesspeople of Midtown East are such defining elements of New York City – because it’s the first thing many people see when they get into Manhattan. As Midtown East evolves with the world of business, startups, entrepreneurs, and traditional 9-5 folks occupy the area at almost equal levels.
Midtown East is home to the Empire State Building, Grand Central, and the Chrysler Building. These buildings are some of the most important architectural structures in all of New York. The business-heavy neighborhood also has some of the oldest, most highly honored, restaurants in the world. You won’t be hard pressed to find a steak around here, whether you go to Spark’s or P.J. Clarke’s, or any of the other old-style steakhouses in Midtown. When all the 9-5 folks go home, Midtown East still has a strong residential community, and a ton of options for dining, bars, or going out. Sutton Place, on the eastern edge of Midtown East, is a quiet neighborhood, with gorgeous old buildings and single-family residences. The Murray Hill area, a pocket neighborhood within Midtown East, is a favorite for young professionals, right out of college. Turtle Bay too is a popular choice for workers in their twenties and thirties, as is Kips Bay. The UN and many of its embassies are in these smaller Midtown East neighborhoods, so there is a great mix of nationalities and worldviews in this neighborhood.