Hotel at a Glance: The Lombardy
In 1926, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst owned and occupied The Lombardy, an upscale high-rise in New York City’s Midtown Manhattan. At that time, real-life Great Gatsby types hosted parties in the parlors and art-deco skyscrapers along Park Avenue. Although fully renovated, the Lombardy building retains the classic feel of that era. Every guest room and suite has been completely renovated in recent years, and each unit features unique design and decor.
- Perk up with a complimentary coffee drink and pastry from Ninth Street Espresso.
- Update your look with a trip to the onsite salon and spa, where you can get a haircut and a manicure.
- Dig in at Harlow, which serves seafood pie and classic cocktails in an upscale setting with glittering chandeliers and Old New York architecture.
- Most famous residents: Hollywood power couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton once lived in The Lombardy.
- Take a short walk to Rockefeller Center or Central Park.
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.