Hotel at a Glance: The Radisson Martinique
The Radisson Martinique opened in 1900, just as New York's legendary nightlife was taking off. It was during this time, according to museum curator Henry Collins Brown, that “all the world came to Broadway to shop, to dine, to flirt, to find amusement, and to meet acquaintances." Today, the Beaux Arts hotel, which is a member of Historic Hotels of America, is still right in the thick of it.
- Nearby attractions: Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, and the Empire State Building, which is just one block away
- See a show: Dozens of Broadway theaters are within a short walk of the hotel.
- French bistro and wine bar: Petit Poulet serves beef tartare, escargot, and French wines by the glass in the hotel lobby.
- Historic design notes: The lobby still features the original mosaic tile floor and spiral staircase.
- King executive room perks: complimentary breakfast buffet, Sleep Number beds, and exclusive access to a lounge with a big-screen TV.
Manhattan’s Midtown East: Iconic Sights and Shops Along Fifth Avenue
Midtown East refers to a 17-block stretch of central Manhattan between Fifth Avenue and the East River. The area is known for some of New York’s most famous landmarks, including Rockefeller Center—home to the iconic outdoor ice-skating rink, the Today show, and Saturday Night Live—and Grand Central Terminal, the world’s sixth-most-visited tourist attraction. Though in recent years Grand Central has filled with upscale restaurants and shops, it still serves as a major transportation hub with subway lines, Metro trains, and ziplines heading all over the city.
A stroll down Fifth Avenue is a world-renowned shopping experience: the street is filled with luxury boutiques and flagship department stores, including the original Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. For a little tranquility in the middle of the city, follow Fifth up to the southeast corner of Central Park. Just a few feet off the street is the Pond, which is spanned by a stone bridge. A little farther north, you’ll find the heart of Central Park Zoo.
Another New York landmark towers over Madison Avenue, opposite Rockefeller Center and the 24-foot-tall Atlas statue out front. The late 19th-century neo-Gothic St. Patrick’s Cathedral occupies an entire city block and holds Mass more than 2,400 times every year.