Hotel at a Glance: Hotel 35
Hotel 35 has overlooked 35th Street in Midtown Manhattan since 1903. Back then, it was known as the Gregorian Hotel and hosted lavish parties where wealthy locals mingled with out-of-towners. Some of its exquisite features remain today, including stained-glass windows and stately staircases.
- NYC landmarks: Times Square, the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, and Macy’s Herald Square are all within a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
- Grab a bite: The onsite Brendan’s Bar & Grill serves up steak, seafood, and pasta dishes, as well as burgers and pizza in a dining room with a marble fireplace.
- In-room amenities: refrigerator, cable TV, free newspaper, and complimentary WiFi. Some rooms have views of the Empire State Building.
Midtown Manhattan: 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.