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New York - Around Town : Midtown (part 2) - Places to Shop, Midtown Architecture

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A Day Exploring Midtown

Morning

Start at the Morgan Library & Museum , and see Morgan’s opulent study, then proceed to 42nd Street and turn east for a tour through Grand Central Terminal . Continue east on 42nd Street, stopping to look at the outstanding lobbies of the Chrysler Building , the Daily News Building, and the Ford Foundation, and climbing the stairs to see the Tudor City complex.

End the morning with a tour of the United Nations HQ. If you reserve ahead, you can have lunch in the very special U.N. delegate’s dining room (212 963 7625).

Afternoon

Take the 42nd Street crosstown bus back to Fifth Avenue and visit the New York Public Library. Walk uptown to 47th Street and turn west for the Diamond District, then pay a quick visit to the Paley Center For Media on 52nd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. Pop in to the new home of the American Museum of Folk Art and stop for a coffee in the museum’s café before taking in the exhibits of traditional art.

Return to 5th Avenue where the uptown shops include Tiffany and Company's windows of jewels, Bergdorf Goodman’s stylish displays, and F.A.O. Schwarz. Round the day off at the Pen-Top Bar at the Peninsula Hotel, offering stunning views of Central Park.

Places to Shop

  1. Department Stores

    Bountiful stocks of beautiful clothing await at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Bloomingdales.

    • 5th Ave, between 38th & 58th sts

  2. H&M

    Flagship store of the Swedish retailer known for great young fashion with small price tags .

    • 5th Ave at 51st St

    H&M
  3. Henri Bendel

    This is one of the most attractive stores in the city, featuring designer fashions and a notable selection of cosmetics .

    • 712 5th Ave at 55th Sts

    Henri Bendel
  4. Takashimaya

    Tasteful New York home of a leading Japanese department store, filled with the finest clothing, home accessories, and art .

    • 693 5th Avenue, between 54th & 55th sts

  5. F.A.O. Schwarz

    Anyone who is a kid at heart will love this toy store. From ride-on Ferraris to cuddly versions of American Kennel Club purebreds, the displays here never fail to delight .

    • 767 5th Ave at 58th St

  6. Museum of Modern Art Design Shop

    Lamps, furniture, toys, jewelry, posters – whatever the item here, you can be sure it will be the epitome of good design.

    • 44 West 53rd St, between 5th & 6th Avs

  7. Designer Boutiques

    Many designers have moved north, but 57th Street between 5th and Madison remains impressive, with Burberry, Hermes, Chanel, Tiffany & Co. and Dior. Prada is at No. 724 5th Avenue.

    • 57th St, between 5th & Madison Avs

  8. Harry Winston

    You’ll likely only be window shopping here; the diamonds and gems, many of which Harry Winston supplies to celebrities, are very expensive.

    • 718 5th Ave

  9. Niketown

    Commercial, high-tech shopping fun, all to entice you to buy sneakers and sportswear.

    • 6 East 57th St, between 5th & Madison Aves

    Niketown
  10. Louis Vuitton

    Perhaps the flashiest of the high-end shops from the outside, LV’s windows are imprinted with the same multi-colored pattern as on the handbags for sale here.

    • 1 East 57th St


Midtown Architecture

  1. Lever House

    This 24-story building of glass and steel by Gordon Bunshaft was the first “glass box” in New York .

    • 390 Park Avenue

    • Lobby open during office hours

    Lever House
  2. General Electric Building

    This 1931 Art Deco building has a clock whose arms grasp at lightning bolts.

    • 570 Lexington Ave

    • Closed to public

  3. Chanin Building

    One of the great early Art Deco skyscrapers (c.1929) notable for its terracotta frieze and bronze band illustrating the theory of evolution.

    • 122 East 42nd St

    • Lobby open during office hours

  4. Daily News Building

    The Daily News has moved on, but this fine 1930 building is still an Art Deco classic. Step inside and marvel at the revolving globe.

    • 220 East 42nd St at 2nd Ave

    • Lobby open during office hours

  5. Ford Foundation

    Considered one of the city’s best modern designs (1967). Every office opens onto a skylit, 12-story atrium with lush landscaping and a pond.

    • 320 East 43rd St at 1st Ave

    • Lobby open during office hours

    Ford Foundation Building
  6. Fred F. French Building

    Built for the best-known real estate firm of its day, this 1927 building is opulent inside and out. Don’t miss the lobby.

    • 551 5th Ave

    • Lobby open during office hours

  7. Tudor City

    Fred R. French created this mock-Tudor enclave, designed to prove that middle-class housing could succeed in Midtown.

    • 1st to 2nd Ave, 40th to 43rd Sts

    • Lobby open during office hours

    Tudor City
  8. NY Yacht Club

    The window bays of this 1899 private club are the carved sterns of ships, sailing on a sea of sculpted waves.

    • 37 West 44th St at 5th Ave

    • Closed to public

  9. American Standard Building

    Raymond Hood’s first New York skyscraper is an ornate black tower built in 1924, now a hotel.

    • 40 West 40th St

    • Lobby open during office hours

  10. Condé Nast Building

    The 48-story tower, built in 1999, is striking and environmentally friendly, with photovoltaic cells on the façade and integrated recycling chutes.

    • 4 Times Square

    • Lobby open during office hours

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