Hotel at a Glance: The Lexington New York City
Recently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, The Lexington New York City, a 4-star hotel, has jumped into its future by looking to the past. The hotel’s Jazz Age origins inspired the design—guest rooms are styled with art deco touches, while the on-site lounge feels like a mashup between the aesthetics of the 21st century and 1929, when the hotel first opened its doors. Between its new look and extensive art collection, The Lexington New York City, a part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, embodies boutique sophistication.
- Where to dine: two on-site outlets—The Mixing Room, a martini-and-cocktail lounge with live jazz and Raffles Bistro, which serves food from breakfast till late night.
- Fuel up for the day with a coffee, latte, or coffee latte mocha espresso with soy at the on-site Starbucks.
- Notable guests have included Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe, Bill Clinton, and Patti LaBelle.
- Swanky digs: Rooms come with gorgeous marble bathrooms and high-tech amenities, including smart TVs with streaming apps (Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, and Pandora) in every room.
- What’s nearby? Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, and the United Nations Headquarters are less than a mile away.
Midtown East 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, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, 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 zip lines 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.
With tickets starting at $55, you can get your hands on some of the best seats to see the Radio City Rockettes in their Christmas Spectacular on November 11–January 1. Along with some old favorites—such as the magical "Snow" dance and the tip-tapping "12 Days of Christmas"—this year's lineup includes ice skaters elegantly gliding across the stage. The Yuletide cheer is also brought on by Vincente Minnelli's classic 1933 costumes, 3-D animated backdrops, and, of course, the troupe's trademark precision kicklines.